“Guardano gl’italiani, guarda reverente il mondo tutto a queste spoglie onorande di Giuseppe Verdi. Qui, ricomposte in gloria perpetua, nella dolce dimora ospitale dal sommo Maestro voluta”. Recita la targa apposta all’ingresso di ‘Casa Verdi’, in Piazza Buonarroti a Milano. Un tempio della memoria musicale che Giuseppe Verdi volle realizzare, su s...

Italian resorts aren’t like other resorts because there is no country quite like Italy. This is the diverse and multi-layered land that gave the world the concept of la dolce vita, and what its best hotels and resorts have in common is their strong sense of place mixed with easeful graciousness. Beyond that, however, luxury properties are as varied...

The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes, which in Italy we know as the ‘trenino rosso del Bernina,’ is a mountain railway line, the highest in Europe, which connects the Italian town of Tirano to the Swiss town of St. Moritz, crossing the Alps. It is therefore a site shared between Italy and Switzerland. The highest point it reaches...

The Italian National Fashion Chamber is promoting a diversity agenda among Milan’s major fashion houses, a year after several top Italian brands faced criticism for designs and remarks seen as culturally and racially insensitive. Its manifesto backed by major Italian fashion brands aims to increase racial and gender diversity in key roles in Milan'...

Italy is renowned for its priceless bounty of art and architecture, but with a millenia-spanning cultural legacy, the country’s contributions to the modern and contemporary art scene can sometimes be overlooked. Italy’s creative sectors have long embraced the future (and not to forget as you ogle historic masterpieces— many of the artists who creat...

Italians have had bad breakfast habits for quite a long time, but fortunately our way of dealing with “prima colazione” has been changing. Our physical and mental capabilities strongly depend on this ever-important first meal of the day. Forget about this and you may end up paying the consequences dearly: from obesity to a higher probability to pic...

No matter where his career has taken him, Mario Balotelli’s home has always been here, in an apartment block sandwiched between a Volvo dealership and the campus of the University of Brescia. The bottom floor is taken up by a bicycle shop, a piadina joint and an interiors showroom. Balotelli has the penthouse. He bought it in 2012, when he was not...

The plane touched down at Milan Malpensa Airport in the early morning. I was tired after a very long travel-day from Los Angeles. The capital of Lombardy and Italy’s second largest city, Milan is located in northern Italy, an hour from the Swiss border. Metropolitan Milan spreads across a broad valley bounded by the Po and Ticino rivers, lakes and...

Torrone is a typical Christmas Italian treat, great symbol of the history of Italian cuisine. Festivals of local patrons and sagre are the right moments and places where you can find this traditional cake. Several types of torrone and different fillings attract great eaters but there are events entirely dedicated to this cake: one of the most famou...

Pierina Legnani was the very first Prima Ballerina Assoluta and one of the greatest ballerinas ever. She was born on October 1st 1868 in Milan. Legnani began dancing at the age of 7 and after a year of private teaching, she was accepted into “La Scala, where she trained for ten years. In her final year, she acted as an understudy to the Prima Balle...