Italy’s famed automobile designers and manufacturers have designed and engineered top-class four-wheeled machines. "The passion for fast and beautiful cars runs very deep among Italians", said Michael Pucciarelli, Vice Chairman of Casa Belvedere’s Board of Directors. He has owned many Italian sports cars over the years, including 11 Ferraris, an Al...

Pininfarina, the legendary Italian design house, is still almost fully operational despite its 650 staff and 250 contractors all working from home during coronavirus lockdown. Headquartered in Cambiano, just outside Turin in north-west Italy, Pininfarina is best known for its automotive designs and former decades-long partnership with Ferrari—but i...

The contribution of Italy to the coffee scene is undeniable. Italians have influenced the planet with their tradition, passion....and their caffe corretto. So what exactly is a Caffè corretto? Espresso skewered with alcohol makes an accurate description. Literally it can be translated as  ‘corrected coffee.’ The adoption of the Caffè corretto count...

Italy is a classic destination for wedding ceremonies, as the country beams with stunning architecture, natural landscapes and heritage villages. Traditions are deeply ingrained in the Italian lifestyle and way of doing things. True to this lifestyle weddings are usually held on Saturdays or Sundays as Fridays are regarded as bad luck. Here are som...

Such is the love that Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic feel for Sicily that they did a 23andMe test to see if either had Italian blood—only to find that they didn’t. Brockschmidt hails from Virginia, while his husband Dragisic is from West Texas. Both trained as architects (Brockschmidt is a partner in the ED A-List firm Brockschmidt & Colema...

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...

The virtual journey, almost 150 years of history of the Italian industry, advertising, culture and creativity begins on the ground floor. A painting by Renato Guttuso dated 1958 (the artist accompanied his friend Giovanni Pirelli to Egypt to document the construction of the Aswan dam), the Meo cat and the Zizì monkey (made of rubber) born from the...

Italy's beaches might look very different this summer, as the travel industry tries to come up with ways to ensure Italians can still go to the coast despite the coronavirus outbreak. Millions head to Italian beaches every summer, and over a month into Italy's Covid-19 lockdown more and more people are wondering whether they'll be able to do the sa...

My grandparents were born in Italian villages with no running water or electricity. There were no doctors and no telephones on which to call a doctor if an emergency arose. There were no cars because there were no roads. From our store-going, internet-shopping perspective, their lifestyle was one similar to our daily social distancing—cooking, eati...

I am writing this open letter to WWD, and in particular to Miles Socha and his collaborators Samantha Conti, Alessandra Turra and Luisa Zargani, in relation to the excellent piece “Will Flood of Collections Yield to Slower Fashion?” published yesterday, April 2nd. Congratulations: The reflection on how absurd the current state of things is, with th...