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At the turn of the first millennium, pilgrims were crossing Europe by the masses so that they could pray at the tomb of Peter the Apostle in Rome, some of which would then move on to the Holy Land, Jerusalem. Pilgrimage held a significance so great that the walks of faith, the roads connecting the most-frequented places of worship, villages, abbeys...

Speck was created hundreds of years ago through the symbiosis of two methods for preserving meat: curing, which was widespread in the Mediterranean area, and smoking, typical of northern Europe. As such, Alto Adige, a land that merges the two cultures, gave rise to a speciality with an unmistakable production process and taste, made according to th...

Understanding today's traditions, festivals, ceremonies, religious recurrences, is not only a strictly individual knowledge or an intellectual enrichment, but it is above all understanding rituals and previous cultic activities. The whole sphere referring to anthropological-religious activities are nothing but that useful baggage of a deeper knowle...

Welcome back! We’re back to our brief grammar tips and this time I would like to talk about the particles ci and ne. I know that they are quite hard to grasp and use and many of my students find them to be quite a conundrum, but I hope my explanation will help you understand them better! Let’s start with ci. Ci can have different roles in a sentenc...

Pollino National Park is the widest protected area in Italy and it is named after Pollino massif. It was established in 1988 and it covers a surface of 192.565 hectares, of which 103.915 are in Calabria and the others are in Basilicata including the areas of Potenza, Matera, Cosenza and other 56 municipalities. The territory presents different char...

Ciao from Rome, welcome to another wonderful issue of our magazine. On the cover of this issue we celebrate the fantastic victory of the Italian national soccer team at the recently concluded European Championships. All of Italy was filled with joy, and it was wonderful to see so many Italians happy again after so many difficult months. Dear friend...

It is one of the most-frequented destinations of sun-worshippers, scuba-divers and nature lovers, and it is the last trace of Italian terrain before the African coast. Lampedusa, glorious, sun-bleached island south of Sicily, helps to create the Pelagian Archipelago (“islands of the high sea” in Greek etymology), along with neighboring island Linos...

Pecorino is an exquisite product with a long tradition. Ancient testimonies still exist that praise its qualities: in older times it was called “Marzolino” and in 1475 the humanist Bartolomeo Platina acclaimed it as the best cheese in Italy. In 1832, Ignazio Malenotti, a member of the Linnean Society of Paris, published the “Shepherd’s Handbook” in...

Something sinister is hovering over real estate Italian cultural assets which, even if privately owned, fail to remain within the scope of state property and are put up for sale without the Ministry of Culture apparently having any wiggle room. Two striking cases in a few months give a good example of the situation. The first one is Palazzo Sacchet...

The kilns of Montelupo began producing the first “archaic majolica”, decorated with copper and manganese, as far back as the end of the 13th century, subsequently developing this activity over the course of the following century.  By the end of the fourteenth century, Montelupo was one of the driving forces in the renewal of majolica techniques and...

Campioni d’Europa! Campioni d’Europa! This is the cry launched by millions of Italians on Sunday, July 11th, at the end of the final of the European Football Championship won by the Azzurri against the hosts England. The second one in history, after the one won in the 1968 edition organized in Italy, when some soccer legends such as Dino Zoff, Giac...

The castle is perched on a cliff overlooking the Mutino valley. High walls, towers, squares, paved streets, flowers and plants along the streets welcome the visitor.  The silence, broken only by the flock of century-old oaks and the light mountain air draw the picture of a landscape of the soul, where reality becomes almost fantastic, recalling ima...