Bologna, Padua, and Rome's La Sapienza universities topped the rankings of major state-run Italian universities published by the CENSIS think tank on Monday. Bologna came top again with a score of 91.8 points, followed again by Padua with 88.7. La Sapienza rose from fourth last year to third this year with a score of 85.5 while Florence University...

The celebrated Italian astrophysicist Margherita Hack will be honoured with a statue in Milan, to be unveiled on the centenary of her birth next year. The tribute to Hack, who died in 2013, will be Milan's first public statue dedicated to a woman. Behind the project is the Deloitte Foundation, in collaboration with Casa degli Artisti and with the s...

In 1939, singer Giovanni D'Anzi released a song whose title exalted Lombardy's capital – In Milanese dialect, Milan l’è un gran Milan means “Milan is a Grand Milan.” A long time has passed, but the song still rings true. In fact Milan, today, is even grander. The true Italian city of international scopes like London, Paris, and New York, Milan is w...

Milan is the capital of Lombardy and the second most popular city in Italy. It may not be as famous as Rome, but that gives it the advantage of not being as crowded. And you do not have to worry about getting bored because there are plenty of attractions in Milan from castles and palaces to museums and galleries. Are you wondering what are the best...

At the extreme southern border of Lombardy, where the Po Valley meets the Apennines mountain range, one of the most magical and least known territories of Italy unfolds: the Oltrepò Pavese. The hills of the Oltrepò Pavese are immersed in a beautiful wavy scenery characterized by a mild climate that benefits from winds from the Ligurian Sea, the hil...

In Lombard dialect, the word for tired is stracco, and stracchino is an Italian cheese produced with milk from cows who are tired after a long day of grazing in the mountain pastures. A dairy cow weighs 700 kilos (1,540 pounds) and travels a long journey at a pace of four kilometers (two-and-a-half miles) per hour. During the transhumance process,...

The business capital of Italy offers to tourists an incredible variety of artistic attractions, entertainment, fashion and pure discovery of characteristic districts. Milan lets itself be unveiled slowly, it wants to be courted and understood like a Risorgimental noblewoman. THE ELEGANCE OF MILAN You can look for it in the Alda Merini’s words, the...

Several years ago, food and wine writer Victoria Glass called Franciacorta “Italy’s best-kept sparkling secret.” Due to the wine’s limited availability outside of Italy and higher cost relative to other Italian bubblies (like Prosecco or Asti Spumante), Franciacorta still remains undiscovered by many Americans, even by those who love sparkling wine...

Here's my guide to the perfect 10 day road trip from Milan to Rome, a popular tourist route. It's only a 6 hour drive from Milan to Rome. But this well-traveled route is dense with amazing must see medieval villages, ornate palazzos, Roman ruins, and sublime treasures of the Renaissance. There's plenty of great destinations to explore along the way...

Have you ever heard of the Vertical Forest in Milan? Do you know what it is? If you are not yet aware of this peculiar construction of the Belpaese, then come check it out! Italian Traditions lets you discover the most beautiful building in the world! The Vertical Forest is a building complex formed by two residential towers designed by Stefano Boe...