NEWS FROM : ITALY  

One of the most talked about attractions at the world’s fair under way in Dubai is a towering statue made of marble dust that’s raising eyebrows just as the original did more than 500 years ago. At Italy’s pavilion, a 3D replica of Michelangelo’s David stands tall, his gaze intense and defiant. For most visitors, though, David’s head is all they wi...

The “Festa dei Morti” is among the most important and felt by the people of Palermo, especially by the children who have been waiting for it with anxiety since the previous weeks, when the city is filled with “Mercatini dei Morti” (markets of the dead). In this blog post I will tell you about the “rituals” that are repeated every year in the houses...

The U.S. Navy, burned in the past, is stepping back from reinventing — or even redesigning — the wheel. That’s why the Navy’s new Constellation-class of frigates might bring to mind warships currently deployed on the high seas by European countries. It was based on the Fregata Europea Multi-Missione (FREMM) family of vessels from the Italian shipbu...

Pesto is one of the most popular sauces in the world. The original recipe calls for seven ingredients, no more, no less. Basil, extra-virgin olive oil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, pecorino cheese, salt, and garlic. We are in Genoa, Italy. Here is where pesto was invented. And ask any Genoese you know, and they will tell you that pesto made outside...

Italy has become a ‘dominant force’ on the fine wine market, with the country’s previously under-represented regions rising in importance on the secondary market, according to global fine wine marketplace Liv-ex. Last year saw Italy’s sub-index rise by 12.2%, and the increased trading of Italian wine on the secondary market trade has seen Italy bec...

Long shelf life and ease of preservation, accessibility, nutritional values, versatility, the absence of geographical and cultural barriers and ease of recipe. All this makes canned fish an essential food in the shopping cart. The sector – canned tuna, anchovies in salt and oil, mackerel, sardines, salmon, clams, and seafood appetizers – enjoys an...

A HILL JUST OUTSIDE THE city of Tarquinia conceals a labyrinthine necropolis of the Ancient Etruscan civilization that lies beneath. The mysterious Etruscan civilization ruled the region of Erturia, an area that comprises modern-day Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy, and Campania. The city of Tarquinia (known to the Etruscans as “Ta...

When you come to Naples, there are at least 5 squares you must visit. Each place has a different story and way of enjoying it.  The Neapolitans love to meet in the squares. They live a lot on the street, which is a continuation of their home. They eat on the street, chat on the street, read on the street. And the square has always been a meeting po...

Anna Savino is the epitome of Piemonte panache. Moving to Piemonte (Piedmont) in 2004 from Napa Valley, this California girl grew up with a passion for wine. Like harvest time in a Barolo vineyard, Anna’s days are busy. Full of lovely people and hard work. Relationships built over years. Exploring the region’s wineries and really getting to know th...

Going along the Brenta Riviera on the Burchiello is a one-of-a-kind experience: a dive into the past of noble venetians who used this boat to reach the lush summer villas in Veneto. The Venetian Burchiello  The old path of the Brenta Riviera on the Burchiello dates back to the 1700 and unfolds between opulent villas along the Brent canal, a branch...

Portovenere is a small, quaint village in the La Spezia province of Liguria, on the Riviera di Levante that gently arches towards Tuscany.  Once a fishermen’s hamlet, it is today a popular tourist destination, often bundled in day or weekend trips with nearby Cinque Terre. Portovenere is, however, special in its own right, so much so it became part...

The classic panettone by Roman chef Fabio Albanesi, the decorated one by Flavia Garreffa, the innovative panettone by Luca Porretto and finally the gluten free version by Sacromonte Srl. These are the winners of the third edition of the World Panettone Championship "The best Panettone of the world". The competition was organized by the Internationa...