Living nativity scenes and pageants, in Italian "presepi viventi", are quite common in Italy. Living nativity scenes are usually presented for several days, thanks to the fact that many people in Italy enjoy wearing a costume and act out the parts of the nativity.   Considering that in many parts of Italy living nativity scenes have become a...

  WTI Magazine #54    2015 February, 20Author : italia.it      Translation by:   In all its territorial variety, Italy boasts a large number of beautiful and evocative mountain localities, ideal for visiting any time of year, whether summer or winter. From north to south, the Italian mountain scene offers tourists a range of landscapes: lakes at...

  WTI Magazine #61    2015 May, 29Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The production of hats in Biella is a tradition that dates back to 1700. As with textiles, this type of activity developed largely because of the mountainous location at the foot of the Alps, which precluded extensive crop cultivation, favouring the breeding and rearin...

  WTI Magazine #69    2015 October, 2Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Starting from the nineteenth century, a ceramics culture develops in the Cuneo province of Monregalese. The manufacturers of silk and woollen cloth for military use govern the area's vibrant economy and trade with neighbouring towns and Liguria. On finding the produ...

A 15th-century Italian manuscript illustrated with gold leaf that was stolen from Italy 25 years ago will be returned to that country after it was found in Florida.   The manuscript is a framed, single page taken from a prayer book in Turin, Italy. The calligraphic script is in Latin, and there's a small, colorful portrait of Saint Lawrence,...

  WTI Magazine #45    2014 October, 15Author : Jennifer Gentile Martin      Translation by:   One of the best meetings I had while in Piedmont was my private tour of the Ascheri winery in Bra, Italy. I was fortunate enough to have it organized for me through Martignetti's due to my work with the distributor. I entered behind the gates that day l...

La moka compie 80 anni e viene festeggiata a Omegna, la città sul lago d'Orta dov'è nata nel 1933 la caffettiera ottagonale ideata da Alfonso Bialetti, che si ispirò osservando le donne mentre lavavano i panni sulla riva del lago utilizzando la lisciva che, bollendo, saliva da un contenitore verso l'alto, dove c'erano i panni. Il figlio Renato nel...

Anche in North Carolina esiste una "piccola" Little Italy. Il suo nome è Valdese ed è stata fondata nel 1893 da un gruppo di valdesi arrivati nelle Blue Ridge Mountains dalle valli piemontesi, in particolare dalla Val Pellice. In seguito all'editto di emancipazione emanato da Carlo Alberto nel 1848, le comunità valdesi ebbero la necessità di cerca...

  WTI Magazine #65    2015 July, 24Author : folclore.it      Translation by:   Located on the Via Francigena, a place of transit for travelers and pilgrims headed to Santiago de Compostela, the community of Alpignano chose probably since the High Middle Ages Saint Giacomo Maggiore as its patron saint, dedicating to him the old little chapel once...

Discover your inner chef and Italy's incredibly diverse culinary landscape to create your own 3 course masterpiece! Six classes introduce the distinct and exciting cuisines of 6 Italian regions. Each class lasts 4 hours. You will cook in a newly equipped kitchen at the Dante Alighieri Society in Kendall Square, Cambridge, and enjoy your meal with w...