In the age of the Baroque, the archbishop of Milan Federico Borromeo (1564-1631) would send burly yet educated men to sea on a hunt for manuscripts.  Cardinal Federico was a younger cousin of the zealous prelate Carlo Borromeo, the eventual guardian saint against the plague who played an important role in the Counter-Reformation. They both belonged...

We want to introduce you to beauty and art through the discovery of five of Italy's most famous and attractive theatres: the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Teatro La Scala in Milan. All of these theatres demonstrate how important music and art have alw...

Thawing ice has revealed a treasure trove of previously hidden World War I artifacts in the Italian Alps.  Last month, a team from the Stelvio National Park’s White War Museum excavated a cave shelter, built by Austrian soldiers, atop Mount Scorluzzo and acquired 300 “exciting” artifacts, ranging from coins to corpses, helmets and weapons.  No one...

Whether it’s for leisure, relax or pure fun, a trip is always exciting, especially if the place is full of unusual and spooky stories. Ghost Tourism offers to the most adventurous visitors, a completely original way to admire amazing places, full of art, history and ... legends! Here are 5 places in Italy for perfect ghost tours. What is Ghost Tour...

Tour through Star Wars filming locations, the most loved science fiction saga of all time. Trip to the Dolomites, Lake Como, Caserta Royal Palace, and the Mount Etna. Star wars is a famous saga by George Lucas, the US film director, screenwriter, and producer, which was released in 1977. Belonging to the subgenre of science fiction called space ope...

Last year was a complicated year for Bresaola della Valtellina PGI. Total production from the main 16 certified companies reached 12,607 tons (-8.78% on 2019). A little more than 35,000 tons of raw material (90% of which was cut from the tip of the hip) of selected European and global origin were sent to the production of Bresaola della Valtellina...

For many, George Clooney might be the first name that springs to mind when one thinks of Lake Como. But if you’ve actually spent time on the lake, he’s likely just an afterthought (no disrespect, Mr. Clooney!). With something for everyone, Lake Como has a variety of appealing elements: colorful waterside villages, centuries-old historic villas, hik...

Robert Allegrini, the longest-serving member of the Milan-Chicago Sister City Committee, was named its co-chairman at the Chicago Sister Cities board meeting in February. First appointed to the committee by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1989, Allegrini has served under more than half a dozen committee chairs and worked with eight different Milan mayors...

Cremonese luthiery, the art of making bowed and plucked stringed instruments, began in the mid-16th century and soon attracted attention on the international scene, thanks to the work of Andrea Amati and his disciples.  The quality of the instruments made by Cremonese luthiers gradually declined from the end of the 18th century, but the foundations...

THE BASILICA DI SANT’ANDREA STANDS in Mantua’s historical center, overlooking the Piazza Mantegna. In the crypt are kept two reliquaries with earth soaked in the blood of Christ. Christian tradition holds that while Jesus was being crucified, a Roman soldier named Longinus pierced his side with a lance. After Jesus died, Longinus repented for his s...