NEWS FROM : ITALY  

About 50 kilometres to the north of Rome lies a vast site which is encircled by an intact, ancient wall. The 2.4 kilometre-long wall is overgrown with weeds. The area confined by it measures 32 hectares and, apart from a church, an abbey and a farm, is mainly an agricultural field containing mainly corn and figs. In the south-west part of the site...

Claudio cuts the engine in front of a magnificent villa. ‘This is 16th-century Villa Pliniana. Where Rossini composed Tancredi, Napoleon played billiards and Leonardo da Vinci studied the flow of its irregular waterfall. Not all at the same time,’ he says. ‘If you’ve ¤150,000 going spare, you can rent it for the week.’ Presumably, this is the sort...

We can say that Italian cemeteries are of one of two kinds, town or country, or maybe a combination of the two, who knows. Every classificatory scheme runs the risk of distorting the truth as much as it promises to clarify it. I thought of this as I was walking to the market this morning, and passed the cemetery of the small mountain village in whi...

Italian espresso coffee on Thursday began a bid to claim a place on UNESCO's list of protected intangible world heritage products. The Consortium Protecting Traditional Italian Espresso Coffee celebrated the first World Coffee Day. In so doing, it announced the birth of the Community for the Rite of Espresso Coffee. The initiative asks people to si...

Caserta near Naples has the best pizzeria in the world according to the 50 Top Pizza 2020 rankings issued Wednesday. It is the fourth year in a row that the southern city has had the top rated pizzeria. But this year the top spot changed hands, with Francesco Martucci's I Masanielli eatery outscoring the pizzeria that won the previous three years,...

Those among you who have an ear for languages — or music, as the two seem to go hand in hand — probably haven’t failed to recognize how this week’s word,influenza (een-floo-ehn-zah) sounds a lot like the English “influence” of which is, in fact, the Italian translation.  Influenzacan mean just that, something that can affect the way something happe...

“Come già abbiamo fatto nei mesi scorsi, abbiamo chiesto di nuovo, in una lettera al Direttore Generale Inps, Gabriella Di Michele, di prorogare i termini dell’accertamento dell’esistenza in vita per i pensionati italiani all’estero a causa della persistenza della pandemia da Covid-19 che rende difficile e rischioso per i pensionati svolgere tale p...

A long-delayed flood barrier successfully protected Venice from a high tide for the first time on Saturday, bringing relief and smiles to the lagoon city following years of repeated inundations. “Today, everything is dry. We stopped the sea,” city mayor Luigi Brugnaro told reporters after raising a glass in celebration with some of the engineers an...

How did the upstart Venetian Republic manage to sustain a single government for 900 years, longer than all others in the world, past and present? The reasons are a distant mirror worth looking back at to understand the weakness of governments today. That’s centuries more than the Han Dynasty or any government in the Roman empire, and even longer th...

Sarà presentata mercoledì 7 ottobre, la docuserie “Foodball High - Cucina Italiana & Football Americano” che racconta l'avventura di 4 giovani giocatori italiani in una High School di San Diego, dove all'amore per il football americano abbinano quello per la cucina italiana. La docuserie nata a Modena sarà disponibile nella versione italiana sul ca...

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts between religious freedom and public health regulations have been playing out in courts around the world. Churches from California to Maine have flouted public health orders by convening in person, indoors, unmasked and accompanied by choirs. When an underground church in South Korea seeded on...

NEAR THE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRACK on Terminillo, a winter resort famously developed by Italian Dictator Mussolini in the 1930s, a mysterious medieval sword stands as a testimony to an ancient local legend. The sword is set in the stone in an area known as “Cinque Confini” (Five Borders), at a spot where traditionally the territories of five towns...