NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Whether it’s about daily habits, manners or human nature in general, Italians have some very classic proverbs that seem to fit any circumstance. Some of them very international, some more local and ‘in dialect’, take a look at the following and judge for yourself how much the Italian ‘nonni’ have in common with your culture! -Il buongiorno si vede...

Talking about Matera, the Basilicata’s stone jewel, words of astonishment are never enough. The suggestive Sassi, the ancient houses carved in the rock, the symbol of the city, are increasingly arousing admiration the visitors, not only the first time. Matera is not just Sassi: that’s why we have managed some “taylor-made” itineraries to live it be...

When we think expats in Tuscany, we think of Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun; we think of the English patient in the gorgeous Villa San Girolamo and we, decide, pretty quickly, that’s it’s out the realm of reality and the budget of the average sea changer.  But there is a part of Tuscany that doesn’t cross most expats’, or even, most tourists’...

North of Sicily and south of Amalfi is Calabria. In the toe of the boot that is Italy, it is surrounded almost entirely by sparkling seas, and filled with dramatic cities teetering atop cliffs, ruined Byzantine cathedrals next to Norman castles, lush valleys, ancient forests and rugged mountains. Greeks, Romans, Saracens and Bourbons have all laid...

In normal times, the idea that you’d get a clear view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge or that you wouldn’t have to wait in line for hours to visit the Doge’s Palace is a fanciful delusion. But these aren’t normal times and in 2020 we have the rarest of sights: Venice without the crowds. It’s mid-August and my wife and I are wandering the...

Second probably only to pizza when it comes to its “iconic” status, caprese salad, or insalata caprese if we want to say it in Italian, is one of the country’s favorite dishes. A staple in the summer, when the juiciest, sweetest tomatoes are abundant, it’s appreciated all year round thanks to how simple and quick it is to prepare — if you’re ok wit...

How limiting to be visiting a place based on just one world-famous site in order to take a quick snapshot to post on social media and then leave. This is often the case for Pisa, known the world over for its Leaning Tower, and many do pass by this Tuscan town just to see-photograph that.  However, with its rich past as a powerful Maritime Republic...

Honestly, there is nothing nice about today’s word, calura (cah-loo-rah). Calura is more than  simple heat, it’s unbearable heat. It’s what  you get when it’s so hot you could bake cookies on the ground or fry your morning eggs on a car’s dashboard.  It comes from the vulgar Latin word calura,  child of the verb  calere, being hot. In Italian, we s...

Elettrico, fortemente innovativo, attento al territorio e dallo spiccato contenuto social: sono le quattro caratteristiche principali di #EViaggioItaliano, un tour tra le eccellenze regionali ideato per il rilancio del turismo nazionale che mette insieme natura, cultura, enogastronomia ed alta tecnologia e vedrà la sua prima tappa in Campania dal 4...

Long-distance relationships are challenging at the best of times. But as countries suddenly shut their borders during the coronavirus pandemic, unmarried couples living in different parts of the world found themselves unable to visit each other as governments classed such trips as "non-essential". While many travel restrictions have now been eased,...

“Apprendiamo da fonti giornalistiche che i funzionari della Contea di Union, in New Jersey (USA), hanno annunciato che ad Elizabeth sarà eretta una statua a Marsha P. Johnson, storica espressione del mondo transgender. Nulla da dire su questo ma quello che è inaccettabile e’ che tale statua sorgerà al posto di quella di Cristoforo Colombo. Ancora u...

The Principality of Seborga claims its independence from the Italian state since 954, when the territory of Seborga was donated by the Count of Ventimiglia to the Benedictine monks. In 1729 the monks ceded the Principality to Vittorio Amedeo II di Savoia. The inhabitants of Seborga, however, have never recognized the validity of this document, thus...