Entrepreneurs revel in challenges, and some want to go the extra mile by exploring opportunities abroad. Starting a new business in another country sounds like a daunting task, but it is an alluring proposition for some. Everything boils down to choosing the right destination. You need to look for a country with a big market, liberal tax laws, easy...

For most Italian citizens autumn means the end of the holiday season and the moment to get back to work. But for Italian farmers – contadini –autumn marks the time to reap the fruits of their labor and celebrate. Sagra is a perfect occasion for that.  The word “Sagra” derives from the latin “sacrum”, which, initially, in ancient times, was a commun...

Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance which began in the late 13th century when the powerful Medici family were great patrons of the arts and commissioned many masterpieces. The Renaissance quickly spread to Siena and other parts of Tuscany, then to Venice and Milan and to smaller towns like Urbino in central Italy’s Marche region...

On a breezy Saturday last month, Vittorio Calabrese, the director of the Magazzino Italian Art museum in Cold Spring, N.Y., stood onstage in the courtyard to introduce the last event of the summer, a concert by the musician Sam Reider and his band the Human Hands. The sun was starting to set, and a few stragglers of the sold-out crowd found their s...

Italian fashion retailer Calzedonia will open an outpost of its Intimissimi lingerie brand in the Flatiron District, Commercial Observer has learned. Calzedonia signed a 10-year lease for 5,500 square feet — 2,500 square feet on the ground floor and 3,000 square feet in the basement — at 97 Fifth Avenue, according to a source with knowledge of the...

Ferrero North America, part of the global confectionery company the Ferrero Group, today broke ground on a new chocolate processing facility in Bloomington, Illinois. It will be the Ferrero Group's third facility that processes chocolate, and its first outside of Europe. State and local leaders joined Ferrero at a ceremony to celebrate the occasion...

What a beautiful day to write. Despite being the first month that truly brings cold to the country – September seems to be every year more summery – October still has some spectacularly bright days, with colors and scents so vivid they easily rival those of our bella stagione.   Take today, for instance: it’s chilly but sunny, and the sky is the co...

From three-dimensional photographs for the preservation of Leonardo's original drawings at the Uffizi, to the handcrafted production of lutes and violins. "Every time they need a light similar to that of the sun's rays in terms of purity, intensity and chromatic yield, that is, that does not attack those materials that, if exposed to artificial lig...

I woke up recently with Italy on my mind, and then started my morning by sipping my coffee while pondering the question, “Why do I love Italy so much?” Of course, everyone loves Italy, even non-Italians from all over the world, who travel to and fall in love with the culture and history. How can you not fall in love with the beauty of the landscape...

Big old trees. Are there any living things that speak to us the same way as big old trees?Italy has ensured through law that every Italian and visitor to the country has the right of happening upon the oldest, gnarliest, and most storied trees in the nation, and thereby having that wonderful feeling of discovery and reverence we get from seeing an...