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The best way to see Naples is on foot, and there’s a lot you can discover in a day, as many of the city’s attractions are located close to one another.  Here’s a walking tour of Naples in a day. Start at the city’s central railway station, Piazza Garibaldi, which is where you arrive if, for example, you’re getting to Naples from Rome for the day. F...

Italy's parliament has designated 18 March as National Day in Memory of covid-19 victims, with the unanimous approval of the decision marked by a minute's silence in the chamber on 23 July. The date for the annual commemoration was not chosen randomly: it was the day that Italy - and the world - woke up to images of a convoy of military trucks full...

Io Cammino in Italia (I Walk in Italy) is a campaign by walkers, guides, tour operators and hospitality providers, set up amid the coronavirus pandemic to work with local authorities to promote “slow tourism” on the country’s long-distance trails. The aim is to help rural economies hit by months of lockdown. “In just a few days our lives changed,”...

I’m squashed in among a group of elderly ladies hustling for space at the counter of Panizzi. In front of us, shopkeeper Marcello is scurrying around, distributing slices and scoops as he splits glorious gold and white hunks of dairy into containers. He spots me and approaches with a board laden with fontina, a semi-soft cheese that’s a local speci...

Italian evo oil points upwards. Sixty years after the entry into force of the law that established its product classification, in the middle of a difficult and anomalous year the idea that new, stricter regulations are needed to identify the top quality products in the sector is once again gaining ground. It could also be a way to differentiate Ita...

Americans have long had a love affair with Italy. This summer, that love affair is on hiatus, and Italy is feeling the heartache. According to the Italian government's statistics bureau, six million US travelers choose Italy for their vacation each year. Lured by timeless dolce vita, dramatic coastal beach settings, food and wine, history and so mu...

A recent segment (“The Lost Music”) on 60 Minutes, the American television news magazine, featured the 30-year-long campaign by Italian composer and musician Francesco Lotoro (born 1964) to rescue and revive music composed and performed by prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps. Lotoro’s effort, which has continued throughout his adult life, beg...

More and more, Americans are getting to know authentic Italian prosciutto, gaining an understanding of its differences from regular American ham. Cotto or crudo, prosciutto has found its place in the United States – served as appetizers or with an aperitivo-style menu, served among a variety of salty and sweet dishes, such as prosciutto crudo as a...

While the rest of the fashion industry hit pause on IRL shows in favor of digital presentations, Dior stuck to the runway. Kind of. When it comes to resort season, designers typically produce its vacation-ready runways in historic cities like colorful Marrakesh, Cuba, (or, well, Calabasas), and Dior continued the practice despite a worldwide pandem...

In the renaissance period English playwrights such as William Shakespeare were obsessed with a man named Niccolo Machiavelli. In his day, Machiavelli was seen as the reputed expert of the art of political corruption and the attainment of power through sinister means. In fact he wrote a book titled “The Prince” that referenced history and offered in...

The revered Italian artist Giorgio Morandi made paintings that are mind-expandingly simple and complex at once. His still lifes of bottles arranged against neutral backgrounds—his favored mode of expression—strike some as boring but others as boundless in their charms. They’re the kind of paintings you can look at for ages while regaling in their q...

Arriving in this tower-topped town in central Tuscany is always going to be a visual treat, regardless of the season. While the warmer months provide much-photographed scenes of surrounding sunflower fields, arguably the best time to visit San Gimignano is in the autumn or spring, bypassing the summer heat and high-season hordes of tourists. Howeve...