Life in Italy has been turned upside down many times over the centuries, but the ancient landscapes never seem to change. In the UNESCO World Heritage area, Langhe Monferrato Roero (aka “Le Langhe”), in southern Piemonte, it seems the lush vineyards have been in place since the beginning of time.  But, the past here can be interrupted by the presen...

For our new video series with wine connoisseur Danilo Poggio, the first stop is in Barolo, Italy’s City of Wine for 2021. The Italian association of Città del Vino, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, has officially chosen the charming village in the Langhe hills as an Italian wine ambassador. To celebrate this inc...

The end of winter is close. Welcome spring 2021. Saturday 20th March is the day of the spring equinox, an event that kicks off the most colourful and fragrant season of the year. Here are a few facts about spring and how to enjoy the next months. The spring equinox Not always on 20 March, the spring equinox can also take place on the 19th or 21st o...

One of the largest provinces in Italy, Cuneo may not be known to the masses, but its strategic position in south-western Piedmont makes the city and its surroundings an ideal base to explore some of Piedmont’s most beautiful mountain landscapes and picturesque historic villages, to discover the history, traditions, cuisine and natural beauty of thi...

The Monregalese (the area covered by the ancient province of Mondovi, including the mountainous region between the Tanaro and the Pesio) in the province of Cuneo, is one of Piedmont’s few marble reserves, and was certainly its most important one in the period when the use of coloured marble was at its peak (17th-18th centuries). The quarries of the...

The Piedmont wine region in northwestern Italy produces some of my favorite Italian wines and the fact that they were all based on the Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes were just icing on the cake.  The winery I’m highlighting today, Terre da Vino, was a first for myself to experience.  Terre da Vino plays a large role in the wine industry in Piedmont.  ...

Medford's Italian sister city helped raise money for a donation of nearly $5,000 to the Phoenix-Talent Schools Fire Relief Fund, the Medford-Alba Sister City Association announced on Monday. "Our friends in Alba were devastated to hear of the Southern Oregon fires that affected our community," the Association said in a statement. "They immediately...

A man of many names: L’Avvocato, Prince of Italy, King of Italy, and the Rake of the Riviera, Agnelli was not only a symbol of economic growth and Italian excellence but of an unwavering reckless passion for life. On his 100th birthday, Agnelli remains a defining figure in Italian history. Agnelli was born on 12 March 1921, in Turin, to parents Edo...

It was the movie that added sex appeal to the gritty neorealist film period and made a star out of actress Silvana Mangano. "Riso Amaro" ("Bitter Rice"), featured women wearing daring shorts with ripped stockings tramping through water, girl-on-girl mud-wrestling, and Mangano's ample cleavage in everything from tight t-shirts to a negligee. The fil...

On February 25th, the winners of the cultural contest have been announced. Let’s have a look at the podium of the Luoghi Del Cuore 2021 ( Places in the Heart 2021 ). The Bronze Medal: Brescia’s Castle. With a total of 43.469 votes, this Medieval fortress and castle gained the third place. It’s in the northern region of Veneto, not too far from Mila...