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Born in Orani (Nuoro) in 1911, sixth of ten children, Nivola experienced in his childhood the difficult life of a poor family in rural Sardinia in the early twentieth century. From a young age, in 1926, he was hired as an apprentice by the painter Mario Delitala for the decoration of the Aula Magna of the University of Sassari. The departure from h...

There are old restructured stone houses along the narrow streets of this typical medieval borgo of the Apennine Mountain, surrounded by woods, where you can also find interesting rectangular rural stone buildings called   and with a straw cover. These constructions, perfectly set in the Apennine environment, are the consequence of the Celts passage...

During my time in New York City I had the pleasure to meet a talented Italian creative, Giorgia Brugnoli – or, as her friends call her, Giorgia B. Born in Rome but currently based in Brooklyn, she’s a multidisciplinary artist specializing in illustration, art direction and design.  Being born and raised in Italy, Giorgia was lucky enough to be expo...

Italy, bathed almost everywhere by the sea, is also rich in mountains. Just think of the Alps, the Dolomites, the Apennines and the many other mountain ranges scattered throughout the peninsula. And Italians have always had a good relationship with the mountains. From the great mountaineers, such as the legendary Ardito Desio and Walter Bonatti, to...

Gorgonzola is a very old cheese, but its origins are shrouded in legend mystery: F. Massara, a historical writer of chronicles, believed that gorgonzola should be considered a refinement of the cheese that Ansperto da Biassono, archbishop of Milan from 868 to 881, mentioned in his will. Others claim that gorgonzola was first made in the town of the...

Rocky coastline overlooking the sea; paths that wind between the Mediterranean scrub, cliffs overlooking the beaches with vibrant colors and crystal clear waters: Sardinia with its wild interior and spectacular views has long been known as one of the most fascinating destinations for lovers of climbing. Thanks to its mild climate, the island offers...

Who has ever heard of “La tigre di Cremona” (Cremona’s tiger)? Well this is how is called one of the greatest Italian singers of all times: Mina Mazzini. And, this year, we celebrate her 80th birthday. Mina was born in 1940 in a small town close to Milan but, at the age of three, she and her family moved the most known Cremona. She appeared for the...

For those of you who may be familiar with the Italian Citizenship Assistance (ICA) articles on the subject of Italian citizenship, you may also be familiar with the Italian Citizenship Podcast where we discuss the ins and outs of Italian citizenship; how to apply and so on.  Recently, we at ICA, have been receiving a number of inquiries from our cl...

Etna basalt, which is dark grey or blackish in colour, is formed by the slow solidification of the volcanic lava flows as they cool. It is a natural product that is extracted in all the municipalities of the province of Catania within reach of the lava. The ancient Romans already knew the characteristics of this special stone, which is particularly...

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Italian language column. This month I am going to talk about music! Don’t worry, you are reading the right column, but I was inspired by all the videos of Italians singing at their windows, on their balconies, and to be honest we all need some music to make us happy in our lives nowadays! Since this column is...

The National Park of the Casentino Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna was established in 1993, on a vast territory between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. The Emilia Romagna side is characterized by narrow, sunken valleys, with rocky slopes and sometimes thickly wooded, while the Tuscan side, with its limestone cliffs, is characterized by a landscap...

In this time of virus-imposed isolation, it’s comforting to sift through old possessions in forgotten drawers. I recently came across two neatly folded women’s Borsalino hats my mother had bought in Rome in the early 1950s. Still unblocked, but well-preserved for future shaping, they inspired a look into the history and current state of the legenda...