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The production of salumi (cured meats) was introduced to the Staffora Valley and the surrounding area by the Lombards, who settled there in the Dark Ages. The Lombards had learned how to consume ground animal meat without cooking it from the Tartars, thereby testing out the first procedures for the production of sausages. Cooking fires were not nee...

Captivating for their age-old superstitions and stories of brigands and highwaymen, the Valleys of Comacchio are a vast wetlands area located between Ferrara and Ravenna, in the Province of Emilia Romagna. More specifically, they lie between the town of Comacchio and the Reno River, inside the Delta del Po Regional Park. Their 11,000 hectares of br...

The city of Vercelli has over 2500 years of history and was probably founded about a century after the city of Rome. Numerous accounts have survived from the past, one by Pliny the Elder, who said of it: “Vercellae Libicorum ex Salyis ortae”. The accordion, however, only entered Vercelli’s history at the beginning of the twentieth century, with Sim...

The historical origins of this annual event are uncertain, or at least complex. What is certain is that we are talking about the most colorful and creative party in Italy: Carnival! We accompany you through the 10 best carnivals in Italy among masks, costumes, parades, floats, typical sweets and local traditions. Viareggio (Tuscany) A stone's throw...

It’s grammar time! This month we will tackle the terrible and feared subjunctive! If you are familiar with Italian grammar, you probably know that Italian has some tenses that English does not have anymore. One of these tenses is congiuntivo, subjunctive. But how is it formed? When do you use it? Fear not, I am here to make it as clear to you as I...

The Castel Savoia Alpine Botanical Garden is located in the park of Castel Savoia, the villa of Queen Margherita di Savoia, a mountain and mountaineering enthusiast, in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, in the Lys Valley, in the Aosta Valley, at 1350 meters of altitude. The whole area, now a regional property, is often the venue for exhibitions and events, and...

This month we want to introduce you to Italian wine and the best way to learn and understand it.  To tackle Italian wine as a whole is a huge undertaking considering Italy has almost 2,000 native varieties according to Ian D’Agata. This is what I also love about Italian wine since there is always something new to discover. We’re going to break it d...

Giulia Zoavo is an Italian-born, Brooklyn-based graphic designer and illustrator. After several years spent working as a graphic designer in Italy, in 2016 she quit her job to pursue her passion for illustration. One year later she started collaborating with the creative agency Sagmeister&Walsh and moved to New York City to follow her dreams. While...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians, and Happy 2020! We are very happy to announce that the sixth book of We the Italians is available: the yearbook of 2019! You can find it here! In 2019 we interviewed 25 friends of We the Italians who gave us 24 different views about 24 different topics of the relation between Italy and the US. T...

A refined arts town, Parma amazes visitors with its elegant monuments, churches, museums and green spaces, but is also a city of theatre and music and a land of gastronomic excellences. Its rich historical, artistic and culinary heritage has earned Parma the title of Italian Capital of Culture 2020: with a calendar of more than 500 events, 2020 is...

I bet that many of you have eaten sweet Tuscan cantucci, the hard and crunchy, twice-baked cookies, at least once. They are often served as an after-dinner dessert to dunk in Vin Santo, a fortified sweet wine made with Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes. Savory cantucci, on the other hand, aren’t so well known. They are the reinterpretation of sweet one...

Giulio Pippi De Iannuzzi, known to Art History as Giulio Romano, probably born in Rome in 1492, was Raphael's most famous and gifted pupil. He was trained in the workshop of the Urbino area, which now we know to have been a sort of pole of the arts where every artistic expression, from sculpture to painting, from engraving to ceramics, was managed...