I can recall more than one incident of tap-tapping my foot on Italian pavement, repeatedly checking my watch as an exasperated sigh escaped my lips. The orario (schedule) said the train was to depart at 13.15 – where is it? More than once, I’ve twisted my head, owl-like, in a trattoria as I searched for my waiter, struggling to squelch rising impat...

Here at the Saracino Industries family of stone companies, we like to say, "one man's rocks are another man's treasure."  This has been the case for centuries, where dusty, noisy, industrial stone quarry sites yield the finished, polished, pristine architectural stone exhibited on the world's most beautiful structures.Granites, marbles, limestones,...

The world of tidily ordered forms is a convenient fantasy. The real world gloops and glops. Here and there, it bulges. It sags. It was once considered modern to architect this chaos into order, to machine the wet muck of existence into clean lines and hard edges. That is not the modern of Gaetano Pesce, the Italian-born industrial designer–artist–a...

Along with joyful anticipation, when packing for a trip to Italy, panic may ensue. Here are Ten Tips to bring back the fun. 1. Pack light. Dragging a heavy suitcase through an airport or up train steps drags down your trip. Choose versatile clothes within a color scheme to easily mix and match, stick to travel size toiletries, and load books, guide...

Join us at Magazzino Italian Art for a day of presentations and conversations in conjunction with Nivola: Sandscapes, a special exhibition, open until January 10, 2022, that features work by Sardinian artist Costantino Nivola, with a focus on his original sandcasting technique.  The program will take place from 2:00–5:00 p.m. in Gallery 8 and will...

In Nashville, the Frist Art Museum presents Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City, the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus on medieval art made in the prosperous northern Italian city of Bologna. Conceived and organized by Frist Art Museum senior curator Trinita Kennedy, the exhibition of illuminated manuscripts, paint...

A painting that had been lost to art historians for decades was recently discovered at a church in Westchester County. Workers carefully hung a valuable 17th century oil on canvas masterpiece in the Ryan Library at Iona College on Monday. But how it got there - and the man who found it - is the real story. "I knew immediately that a quest had begun...

While the coronavirus pandemic has strongly impacted our ability to travel, modern technology means we can travel 'virtually' even when we can't visit physically. Now, more than ever, it’s important to go ‘off the beaten path’ when travelling, in order to support the many small businesses that have struggled over the last year or more. This is part...

As the pandemic ground the usual glitz and glamour of the fashion industry to a halt, even designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana got tired of looking at the same old furnishings in their homes. Pivoting their attention to decor, the duo produced what must be some of the boldest and most cheerful home objects ever created. Unveiled at their A...

Naples’ pending coffee – ‘o cafè suspiso – is an old tradition that has seen a sort of revival during recent years. The pending coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance to the benefit of a stranger. When the client in the bar orders a suspended coffee, they are in fact paying for two cups of coffee: one for themselves, and the other one for a...