NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Sophia Loren might have a new man in her life soon — and his name is Oscar. The 86-year-old, silver-screen legend is generating serious awards buzz for her performance in “The Life Ahead,” her first major film role in 11 years. The Netflix feature, directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, has Loren playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who befriends...

Meet the “Romeo and Juliet” of the pandemic. A couple met on neighboring balconies during the coronavirus lockdown in Verona, Italy — where the tale of star-crossed lovers is set — and now they’re engaged to be married. Michele D’Alpaos, 38, said it was love at first sight when he spotted Paola Agnelli, 40, performing a violin rendition of the Quee...

ORIGINALLY PRECEDED BY A WOODEN bridge, the Pons Aemilius was the first of many stone bridges constructed in Rome. It was designed between 179 BC and 151 BC. The bridge connected the central part of the city to the neighborhood of Trastevere, just south of Tiber Island. Initially, only the pylons were made out of bricks. However, in 142 BC the orig...

These high-tech vaults are home to the world’s best Parmesan. In Italy's Emilia-Romagna region producers rent the ‘cheese bank’ to protect their treasure from thieves and age it in climate-controlled safes armed with alarms, infrared cameras, and anti-seismic equipment. The region in Northern Italy is the only one in the world that can legally use...

A group of Italian scientists have found a system of liquid ponds under the south pole of Mars. The complex system has been detected around a bigger lake area that was found in 2018. The new lakes were found with the Marsis radar that Italian Space Agency ASI provided for the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission. This underground lake regio...

For the past five centuries, Michelangelo’s David has been celebrated for its sculptural perfection and its embodiment of youthful beauty and strength. Now, Italian officials want the sculpture to help showcase Italian craftsmanship and high-tech expertise in the digital age. Over the next several months, a battery of Italian engineers, technicians...

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday he would ask parliament to extend the country’s COVID-19 state of emergency to the end of January, as the government tries to avoid the surge in cases seen in other European countries. The state of emergency, due to expire in mid-October, gives greater powers to central government, making it ea...

Don’t order a cappuccino after 11 a.m. Yes, it’s normal to drink your coffee standing at the bar. Don’t ask for a to-go cup. If you order a latte, prepare to be confused. Anyone visiting Italy for the first time has likely heard one of these lines. In Italy, coffee culture is sacred. It has rules, customs, etiquette, and a tried-and-true menu--but...

In 1482, Leonardo da Vinci left his hometown of Florence for a new opportunity. He had managed to gain employment at the court of Milan, where Ludovico Sforza “Il Moro” reigned as the de facto duke. There, Leonardo painted one of his most remarkable portraits, a likeness of a teenaged girl named Cecilia Gallerani, who was Ludovico’s favorite mistre...

L'Italia sconosciuta, quella dei piccoli paesi abbarbicati sulla roccia, adagiati lungo le vallate o affacciati su specchi d'acqua. Facciamo un viaggio lontano dalle principali rotte, lontano dalla città, per scoprire il patrimonio meno esplorato del nostro paese, quello del borghi sconosciuti.  Viaggiando alla scoperta del nostro paese è facile in...

The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect Italy’s leadership as the world’s leading wine producer. In fact, the 2020 grape harvest should reach 47.2 million hectolitres, down only 1% compared to 2019. A minimal drop which will still ensure Italy’s leadership in production in 2020, given that France and Spain are expected to reach 43.4 and 43 million he...

Named after one of most beautiful towns in Italy, the Portofino M is Ferrari’s newest entry-level offering. The village of Portofino is known for its charming tourist port and is synonymous with elegance, exclusivity and luxury. This new model is an enhanced version of the Ferrari Portofino that was released to the market around three years ago. It...