The climate of Italy is highly diverse, given the length of the peninsula and its mostly mountainous interior. However, conditions on the coast are different from those in the interior, especially during the winter months: while places at higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet, and often snowy, the coastal regions have mild winters, in particular th...

Europe's oldest grave of a newborn girl has been found in Liguria, dating back to 10,000 years ago, according to a new article in the journal Scientific Reports. The grave was surrounded by tiny pears and lucky charms, said a team of Italian researchers. The baby, whom they have dubbed Neve (Snow), was just 40 days old. The discovery was made by St...

An international team of experts has announced that they had unearthed the oldest known burial of an infant girl in Europe and documented it in the European archaeological record while working in a cave in Liguria, Italy, reported Science Daily. Along with the bodies, the lavishly adorned 10,000-year-old grave comprised 60 pierced shell beads, four...

The UNESCO commission decided in 2006 to include Genoa's New Streets and Rolli Palaces in the World Heritage List. The Rolli Palaces are buildings of incredible artistic value, now used for various purposes: museums, banks, offices and private properties. However, what makes them and the New Streets a treasure of humanity is the role they played in...

The tradition of the ‘presepe’ in Italy began with none other than Saint Francis of Assisi’. Profoundly moved after seeing the sacred representations on the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, Francis returned to Italy and created history’s first nativity scene in 1223 in a cave just outside Greccio (Lazio). Thus, the tradition of arranging nativity scene...

As part of the activities to support the promotion of Italian language and culture under the patronage of the Italian Embassy, a meeting was held at the Auditorium of the Italian Embassy in Washington between the students of the Liceo Parentucelli/Arzela' of Sarzana in the province of La Spezia (connected remotely) with students of Italian from Ann...

Sea-to-table dining in the Cinque Terre isn’t as straightforward as its seaside location might suggest – sometimes a fish's sea of origin can be questionable. Sadly, some restauranteurs opt for the easy, most cost-effective option: buying frozen seafood from abroad to pawn off as, say, “octopus from our gulf.” Conversely, there are plenty of establ...

Is there any country on earth that wears its history as lightly as Italy? Roman ruins sit cheek by jowl with Renaissance palazzos, while modern skycrapers cast their long shadows over neoclassical cathedrals. But there are many more reasons why this is the fifth most visited country in the world – the rolling landscapes of Tuscany, the sandy beache...

The history of this town, also known as the "city of two seas", is strictly connected with the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, author of fairy tales such as “the Little Mermaid” or “the Ugly Duckling”, which were part of the childhood of entire generations of children. As local people say, Andersen, during his Grand Tour in Italy, in...

It is sad how many people share “news” links based on the headline, without taking the time to read the article. Many times the article contradicts the headline because it is just clickbait, or as in this case, a reflection of the ignorance of the publisher. This year (2021) we have several headlines circulating the news claiming that “Italians kne...