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Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians. In three weeks, everything has changed here in Italy. We are in lockdown. The explosion of the coronavirus has disrupted the lives of all of us, and the fear is that this thing will last a long time and will spread, indeed it is already spreading, everywhere. These are very, very difficult days,...

Welcome to Ferrara, the first modern city of Europe. lts historic centre, included in the UNESCO  World Heritage List in 1995, is the realisation of the humanistic concept of the ideal city. But one of the most precious treasures in Ferrara is time. Take advantage of this by immersing yourself into the vital everyday life of this people-friendly ci...

One of my favorite autumn/winter veggies is pumpkin. I love its sweet and chestnutty taste. I even eat it just baked plain, all by itself. Pumpkin is a very good and healthy choice of food, an excellent source of beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), a good source of fiber and minerals. Pumpkin is low-calorie and contains lots of water, thus a perfect ing...

Crossing the threshold of the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Pisa gives the sudden sensation of feeling elsewhere. Yet, the building of the ancient Episcopal Seminary is also located in the crowded Piazza del Duomo. After five years of work, from the 3000 square meters of the renovated museum emerge the cultural interweaving and the skill of the...

The medieval borgo of Etroubles deserves particular attention. A walk through old cobblestone streets, beautiful fountains from which the fresh water coming from the Vélan mountain flows, recently restored old houses made in local stone with roof tiled with lose, the local slate, the bell tower and the nineteenth-century church with frescoes: the i...

While I was working at MoMA, Emmanuel Plat - Director of Merchandising at The Museum of Modern Art - introduced me to Fattobene. At that time, MoMA Design Store was launching the first-ever pop-up shop outside of Italy with them. As an Italian, it was such a honor to see design from our beautiful country celebrated in New York. But, what is Fattobe...

If we all had two lives, it would not be enough to achieve the goals of Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi, one of the most famous Italian athletes. 54 years old, 14 world titles won and 4 gold medals at the Paralympics, a long list of national titles and international medals, some world records. An important palmarès for any athlete in the world: but his i...

A cross between bitter oranges and mandarins, Clementines may have originated from Algeria. According to one of the most credible hypotheses, their name refers to Father Clément Rodier on Misserghin, who grew them in his orchard.  Though grown in Italy since the 1930s, it was in 1950 that its cultivation became widespread in Calabria, where it foun...

Lake Trasimeno is located in the green heart of Umbria, amidst beds of reeds and charming white water lilies. It’s a true natural paradise home to wild ducks, cormorants, kites and kingfishers. Beyond the downward slope, gentle hills form the backdrop to the lake, along with sporadic woods and sunflower and corn fields, vineyards and olive groves. ...

The art of steelmaking in Molise can be traced back to the 15th century, when the primary purpose of this work was the production of weapons. At that time, Count Nicola di Monforte brought blacksmiths from abroad, particularly France, to produce arms for his military ambitions. From the 16th century onwards, under the rule of Ferrante Gonzaga, the...

The event has its roots in the Middle Ages: the tradition says that every year the St. Joseph feast in Scicli is honored with a ride through the streets of the city where the typical bonfires light up the night, recalling the escape to Egypt of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, riding on a donkey. According to some historians, the tradition of bonfi...

In the collective imagination of the global and interconnected consumer, to whom an offer of food from all over the world is addressed, the identity of the national heritage of food production is increasingly important. The products with a GI - Geographical Indication, by definition, but also for the reputation they gain on the market - are the nat...