NEWS FROM : ITALY  

A new survey from AARP laid out some hard truths about Americans approaching retirement age. One-fifth of adults 50 and older have no retirement savings, and more than half (61%) are worried they won’t have enough money to pay the bills in retirement — at least in the United States, which has the 12th-highest cost of living among 146 countries anal...

Nobel Laureate in Physics and father of long-distance radio transmission  Guglielmo Marconi, was born on April 25, 1874, in Bologna. Italy began celebrating his 150th birthday last week. There is no need to explain why Marconi is important for the history of Italy and the world: his pioneering work laid the foundation for modern wireless communicat...

The cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeiii, Herculaneum, Boscoreale, Stabiae and Oplontis, constitute a tragic account of the volcano’s devastating impact on the ancient cities of the Vesuvian region. The volcano erupted in an impetuous manner, generating a column of ash, gas and debris that rose for miles above the crater....

In 2005, we were a newly married couple living in our 2,000-square-foot house in Nashville. Although we had steady gigs performing in a symphony orchestra in the US and liked our three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home, we dreamed of living in Italy. Fifteen years later, in 2019, we applied for Italian work visas as musicians. When they were grante...

In the marvelous setting of Sicily, particularly in the historic and enchanting city of Messina, which boasts an extraordinary cultural and gastronomic heritage, you can find a bakery laboratory unlike any other, offering much more than simple baked goods. Panyllo is a place where tradition meets innovation, where recipes handed down for generation...

One thing about Italian cuisine we can all agree on is that it is as rich and varied as its history weaving together as it does, flavors, traditions, and ingredients that evolved over millennia.  At the heart of it all, we find fruit and vegetables, which have shaped the diet and culture of Italy from ancient times to the modern era, often developi...

Taranto is not the romantic Puglia visitors have been clamoring for in recent years. But it is a city in bloom and one with the potential to become a creative capital of southern Italy–if given the right energies and investments.  The City of the Two Seas–so called because it overlooks both the Ionian Sea (the Great Sea) and an inland body of water...

With its relaxed pace of life, Italy is a popular pick for expats looking to live abroad after retirement. Landscapes differ greatly across the country, however, so one social media user Dramatically Expatic, whittled down her top picks for best places to move to in 2024. According to the Italian news outlet, El Sole 24 Ore, Udine was named the bes...

Ostuni isn’t just an aesthetic delight. Its white-washed buildings are not just beautiful: they’re also a historical (and technical) device for combatting the ravages of the relentless southern Italian sun, keeping the houses below them cool enough to be tolerable. Ostuni is also an archaeological delight: its main tourist attraction is its 15th-ce...

Natural World Safaris has conducted a study to determine the hottest destinations for Americans in the summer of 2024. To do this, experts at Natural World Safaris analyzed Google search volumes using the tool Ahrefs to find out which destinations are on the top of everyone’s list this year. They not only looked at the destinations that have increa...

“In 1994, shortly after he’d won the San Remo Song Festival in the ‘new voices’ category for his song ‘Il mare calma della sera’,” Laura Biancalani, CEO of The Andrea Bocelli Foundation wrote me, “I knocked on Andrea’s front door to ask him to organize a concert to benefit a local hospice for the terminally ill. Impressed that only at age 18 I was...

That’s one pricey pup! A woman who spent about $1,000 on travel costs to include her dog on a month-long holiday around Italy says it was “totally worth it.”  Catherine Sophie didn’t want to leave behind her beloved 3-year-old Maltese, named Teddy as she galavanted around Italy for a month — so she decided to bring him as her travel buddy, no matte...