DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, MANY monks manually copied ancient books so they could be passed on to future generations. The invention of the printing press made this work largely obsolete, but thousands of old books remained stored in monasteries. You can find many of those volumes in the library of the Praglia Abbey, an almost 1,000-year-old monastery...

Ciao from Rome on lockdown to all the friends of We the Italians. Dear friends, I start this editorial from an Italy in phase 2 of the lockdown thanking you all again for the final outcome of our fundraising. Here you can find the video with which the General Director of the Spallanzani Hospital, Marta Branca, thanks us for this wonderful result: a...

The city of Padua is inextricably linked to the figure of St. Anthony, a Franciscan friar of the thirteenth century, venerated all over the world and patron of the city itself. Strenuous defender of Catholic doctrine, he fought the Cathar heresy, especially in France, with great energy and considerable success.  He moved to Padua, where he died age...

The United States has the largest fast food industry in the world, with many American fast food chains located in Italy.  McDonald’s, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken are examples of some American fast food restaurants spread throughout Italy.  This may not come as a surprise to Italian Enthusiasts, but what is surprising is the fact that It...

That Italy is beautiful goes without saying: I may be partial to the fairness of my own country, but I think the whole world has pretty much agreed on it, as heralded, for instance, by the large amount of UNESCO heritage sites in the country. What many may not know is that Italy, just as every country, doesn’t only have beautiful and historically r...

William Shakespeare is one of the most read authors in the English language. “The Bard” was a British poet, actor, and playwright. Despite being such a big name in the world of literature, a lot of his personal life is still a mystery. Shakespeare’s works however, have been turned into movies and graphic novels. They continue to be performed onstag...

Less than a 30-minute ride on the high-speed train from Venice, Padua is too often disregarded from the majority of visitors. Yet, it makes for a great day trip from Venice, offering a glimpse into the rich history of a city that once was a powerful Comune. Home to Italy’s second oldest university, founded in 1222, Padua has retained the vivacious...

Traces of possible Byzantine coins have been found on the Holy Shroud of Turin pushing back a 1988 carbon dating of the relic to the fourteenth century, according to Padua university and US researchers in a new study published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage. The date-changing discovery was presented at the Conference on the Holy Shroud in Cana...

Many Italian regions are known for one famous city, although they have many others that are worth visiting. Veneto is definitely one of those regions, most famous for Venice, but the area is extremely rich in opportunities for a holiday full of fun, relaxation and culture that extend beyond the lagoon city. Given the climate, the best time to visit...

Un uomo di 47 anni, affetto da metastasi epatiche inoperabili, ha subito un intervento chirurgico che già sa di storico, essendo stato eseguito per la prima volta al mondo. L’operazione è avvenuta a Padova e si è svolta in due fasi: nella prima è stato trapiantato sul paziente un piccolo frammento di fegato donato da un familiare al fianco di quell...