ISOLA DEL GARDA IS A small island that takes its current name from the surrounding Lake Garda. However, during the two millennia of human presence, the island has been known by many different names and has had many uses. Today, the island hosts a beautiful neogothic villa. First inhabited during Roman times, the island was known as Insula Cranie (I...

Embellished by crystalline lakes, snowy mountains, and graceful, historic cities, the picturesque Lombardy region of northern Italy is one of Europe’s most popular tourist areas. Lombardy was also ground zero in the country’s severe coronavirus outbreak. It was here that Europe’s COVID-19 crisis exploded in February of last year, and since then alm...

The eight-part Italian miniseries, The War Is Over, airing on MHz Choice is so moving that it compelled me to dig deeper. The closing credits note that the narrative was adapted from a book, The Children of Selvino: Journey to the Promised Land, by Aharon Megged. Was the TV series faithful to the book? I wanted to find out. The fictional characters...

In the Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan we can find one of the most famous masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci: the Last Supper. It is an original representation of the subject made with a new and innovative painting technique conceived by the genius of Leonardo. After all, with the artist, engineer and inventor Da Vinci, origin...

The project "Biodiversity inside the city: Bergamo's Val d'Astino" wins the third edition of the Italian National Landscape Award and becomes the Italian candidate for the seventh edition of the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe. National Landscape Award: what it is In 2016, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Touris...

We will take you on a journey through Longobard Italy on seven stages which have earned UNESCO protection for their beauty and historical value. Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.). Lombards in Italy. Places of Power (568-774 A.D.) is a UNESCO itinerary that winds its way along the Italian peninsula, through seven "places" that...

Quartirolo Lombardo has been part of the history of Lombardy since the 10th century. At that time, the Lombard herdsmen returning to the cattle sheds on the plain, after spending the summer in mountain pastures, used to graze their cows on the fresh grass that grew after the third cutting, known as “quartirola” grass. It is this last grass before w...

We publish this article, in its English translation, courtesy of the author and of the magazine HuffPost, which we thank, where it was published in the Italian version on March 9th. It's March 11, 2020. The World Health Organization declares that Sars-CoV-2 is a pandemic. The world stops and our habits change: distancing and limitations to mobility...

Cesare Colombo (aka, Joe), whose death marks 50 years this year, was one of the great Italian geniuses of the second half of the twentieth century, although Wikipedia insists on defining him as "simply" an architect and designer. Someone has rightly called him the James Dean of Italian design for his life, short but intense (he died of cardiac arre...

Picture this: You’re driving in an Italian sports car from Milan on your way to dinner in a historic village about an hour east of the city. You pass through vineyards and catch sight of a 14th century castle, its stone walls highlighted in the late-day sun. Soon, you arrive at your destination for a meal of pasta, grilled meats (or veggies), and s...