A young Puccini, a piece that remained "hidden" for a very long time, then available only in unfinished form and, finally, brought back to light recently thanks to the studies of Professor Gabriella Biagi Ravenni of the Centro Studi Puccini, who found it complete in the library of the Conservatorio di Musica "Luigi Boccherini," where the Puccini wa...

Dear friends, I just came back from a magnificent Verrazzano Day in Tuscany, in Greve in Chianti, the small town where the great explorer who first entered New York Bay 500 years ago was born. It was a beautiful day of friendship between Italy and the United States together with the Tuscan authorities, the new U.S. Consul in Florence Danela Ballard...

The name “Cacciatore” (hunter’s style) derives etymologically from its original use in the rations that hunters carried in their knapsacks during their trips. The history of the product developed hand in hand with the evolution of the rural culture typical of the regions of the production area, which provide the raw material that is processed accor...

A new and revealing documentary about the life of the 16th century Italian explorer Giovanni Da Verrazzano will make its debut in New York City on April 17th. The film will be shown on the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Da Verrazzano’s ship, in what is now New York Harbor, on April 17, 1524. The film "Giovanni Da Verrazzano: From the Renaissan...

On a sunny summer evening in Lucca, Italy, I witnessed the simple joy of an old man bicycling with his granddaughter atop the town's wide, fortified wall. Then, on rented bikes, a group of chatty tourists frolicked by. Their enthusiasm was contagious. Squinting at the energy in their smiles, surrounded by dazzling sunshine, it struck me that the su...

In the seven centuries since the Ponte Vecchio was first built in Florence, Italy, the bridge has watched the city changing around it, surviving floods, fires and the Nazi invasion in World War II. Now, the famed bridge itself is getting a two-year makeover, at the cost of about €2 million, to restore it to its former glory, the city of Florence an...

Tuscany has always been one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, attracting tourists from the rest of the peninsula and abroad. It is thanks to its green hills, the beauty of the seaside resorts but above all the villages, true jewels of this region, that organizing a trip here is a wonderful idea. Discover some of the most fascinating and lesse...

There is a guaranteed method for making even the most peaceful of restorers hostile: uttering the phrase “restore to ancient splendor” in his presence. Emanuela Daffra, superintendent of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, is explaining this to us in front of a panel by Giovanni Bellini that is under the care of professionals working in the institute’s...

When you think of travel to Italy, Versilia, in the region of Tuscany, might not be the first destination that comes to mind. Located in the shadow of the well-renowned areas of Chianti and the Val d’Orcia, Versilia is definitely off the beaten path. But Versilia has it all, including the rolling hills and lovely vineyards that have made Tuscany so...