NEWS FROM : ITALY  

A complete itinerary for Rome must include activities besides just seeing ancient monuments and incredible art. For me, that means getting out of the historic center by strolling through a local neighborhood, taking a day trip to a beautiful hill town in nearby Umbria, and resting my tired feet at a beautiful rooftop bar overlooking the city. Just...

Last year closed with a strong growth for the Italian beer sector. According to AssoBirra’s Annual Report, for the third consecutive year it recorded an increase in production compared to 2018 (+5%), followed by a growth in domestic consumption (+2.6%) and a boom in exports (+13%). The brewery sector is therefore reconfirmed as an increasingly valu...

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, A ricetto was a common structure found in Italian villages. It’s deemed a fortified area used to store agricultural products, livestock, and working tools but was also often utilized as a fort for protection. The ricetto of Candelo, in Piedmont, is the best-preserved example of such a structure. Dating to the late Medieval p...

Travel during the summer of 2020 hasn’t been what many of us expected or wanted. COVID-19 restrictions have kept many vacationers home and traveling to Europe is out for the time being thanks to a travel ban. However, thanks to social media and the internet, we can still enjoy many destinations virtually. If you love nature and flowers, then one ev...

Part of a cancer-hit liver was transplanted into a spleen and grown until the liver could be transplanted back in a world first in Bologna, doctors said Wednesday.     The unprecedented operation was carried out in the Emilian capital's Policlinico Sant'Orsola Hospital. The patient is doing well, doctors said. The original cancer had spread from th...

Maserati, which had announced plans for electrification of its vehicle range early this year, has revealed its first hybrid model, the Ghibli Hybrid. The new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid marks the Italian marque’s entry into a new era focusing on sustainable mobility. Fans of the brand’s cars will find it difficult to come to terms with the idea of a sil...

In the northern area of Viterbo, about 30 kilometers from Rome, stands in the valley of the Calanchi a small medieval village whose charm, due not only to its historical and artistic richness but also to the territory where it was built, make it one of the most beautiful and characteristic villages in Italy, we are talking about Civitella D'Agliano...

The last whodunnit featuring the famed Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano has hit the shelves in Italy, nearly a year to the day after the death of the author Andrea Camilleri. Riccardino was first penned in 2005 and then tweaked in 2016, after which Camilleri gave it to his publisher on the promise that it would not be released until after...

I wake up to the lazy heat of the dandelion sun across my face. I left the curtains drawn the night before, allowing the rays to spill through the windows and onto my fluttering eyelids. The gentle breeze that pats my curtains tells me it’s a good day to wonder about my summer trip to Italy. Then, the features of COVID-19 come to my mind and I paus...

Alex Zanardi, the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist, was transferred to a neurological rehabilitation center Tuesday, a month after getting seriously injured in a handbike crash. The Siena hospital that had been treating Zanardi since the June 19 crash announced he had been released but, in accordance with Zanardi's famil...

European Union leaders reached agreement on a €750 billion stimulus plan for their coronavirus-hit economies on 21 July at the end of fractious negotiations that lasted nearly five days. The news, announced at dawn by EU Council president and summit chairman Charles Michel, will see Italy receive €208.8 billion in grants and loans as part of the ma...

When you’re next in Venice, remember to look down and consider the non-slip stones beneath your feet. They have a story to tell. In the sleepy faded spa town of Battaglia Terme not far from Padua lies the key to the building of the great and unique city of Venice. The Euganean Hills around Battaglia Terme are extinct volcanic cones with hot springs...