One of the most famous Italian songs in the world is dedicated to a funicular: it's "Funiculì funiculà" of course, composed by Giuseppe Turco and Luigi Denza in 1880 to celebrate the inauguration of the Vesuvio Cable Railway, the first cable railway to successfully ascend the slopes of an active volcano.   The song became so popular it was t...

  WTI Magazine #82    2016 August 19Author : italia.it      Translation by:   The magnificent scenery of Lake Como (also known as Lake Lario) has enchanted artists and travelers for centuries: from French novelist Flaubert to musicians of the caliber of Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, and Vincenzo Bellini; it was here that he composed his op...

by Claudia Astarita   This has been a crazy semester for Italian real estate, with foreign investors arguing that "Italy's territory is one of the most important natural resources of the country that can support economic growth in the future".   The most recent news is related to Qatar Holding and property group Hines taking a stake i...

  WTI Magazine #47    2014 November, 12Author : Anna Stein      Translation by:   Rome moves to an ironic beat with an almost sacrilegiously fast-paced rhythm; as the architecture pays homage to its historic past, the buzzing traffic and insistent commotion of daily life makes time fly by. In a desperate attempt to lengthen the sensational durat...

In collaboration with Friends of FAI - Presented by: Sarah Plimpton - Followed by a Q&A. Author and artist Sarah Plimpton will present a lecture on the history of FAI's magnificent Villa del Balbianello, located on Lake Como.   The 18th century villa was purchased in 1919 by her great uncle, Congressman Butler Ames, who c...

Italy's third largest water body and one of Europe's deepest, Lake Como has drawn vacationers for two millennia with its lucent waters, mountain landscapes, and Mediterranean climate. Visitors today enjoy lakeside parks, historic villas, and shopping in one of the world's silk-design capitals.   Here's a brief primer on how to make the most...

In mattinata ha incontrato il sindaco di Como, Mario Lucini, assieme all'assessore Gisella Introzzi. Poi, nell'ambito della sua visita in città, il Console Generale degli Stati Uniti, Kyle Scott, ha offerto una colazione di lavoro ai giornalisti locali. Con lui era presente il Console per gli Affari Economici, Matt Zamary. Diversi gli spunti della...