Commissioned by the Duke of Mantua Federico II di Gonzaga for his lover Isabella Boschetti, Palazzo Te in Mantua is a masterpiece of Mannerism (late Renaissance style) by architect and painter Giulio Romano. Built between 1524 and 1534, Palazzo Te was a magnificent suburban villa intended for otium (leisure time) and parties of the Gonzaga court, r...

Memories of Milan bring images of the Duomo and Via Montenapoleone to mind, art and fashion remaining two of the reasons people like the city so much. But if you’ve visited, and especially if you’ve lived there and enjoyed your evenings and weekend the way locals do, then you must be fond of the navigli, Milan’s own canals. Water isn’t the first th...

The night of San Lorenzo in Italy is approaching, for that day that falls on August 10 you can see from the earth the astronomical phenomenon of the Perseids. They are a meteor shower that the Earth goes through every year during the summer period . The meteor shower usually arrives at the end of July and lasts until mid-August with peaks of visibi...

Situated in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, on its own peninsula that juts out into the Garda lake for about four kilometers, Sirmione is a privileged destination for many Italians, especially for its precious thermal waters. The first settlements in Sirmione were in Neolithic; from the first century BC, as well as for other areas of the lake...

From the snow-capped Alps to the pristine lakes to the flat green countryside, Lombardy plays host to incredible ingredients. Here are eight essential foods of Lombardy that reflect the diverse landscapes of the northern Italian region.  1. BresaolaThis PGI beef salami from Valtellina is made with beef (usually from the tip of the hip) that's been...

By October 29th 2021, UNESCO’s Director-General in Paris will designate the new creative cities. 30 June is the deadline for submitting nominations for UNESCO Creative Cities to Paris. The Italian National Commission for UNESCO chose Modena and Como, as 2021 Italian candidates for the Creative Cities Network, respectively in the Media Arts and Craf...

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...