Liguria in northwest Italy has retained its title as the region with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches this year as the total number of resorts to be given the prestigious eco-label for cleanliness and sustainability continues to climb, the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) said on Tuesday.   In 2015 Italy can...

by Lorenzo Zanini Florence is renowned throughout the world for being the cradle of Italian art. We must, search however, not forget that the Tuscan city has played a prominent role in the history of fashion: especially from 1930 to 1970, its workshops have represented a benchmark in the sector.   A new exhibition running through March 5 at P...

Here on this corner of the internet, we see a lot of abandoned places. For some of them, we can even understand how circumstances might have led their abandonment. This however, is a head-in-hands kind of moment.   The Castello di Sammezzano is a show-stopper, a jaw-dropper. Hidden away in the Tuscan hills of Northern Italy, this electrifyin...

Between the 1930s and ’50s Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai was the official supplier of the Italian navy, creating expertly crafted timepieces with the utmost durability. Now, to celebrate its rich history, the brand has tapped esteemed Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for a new store concept that riffs on both its Florentine origins and its...

It was, as now, a matter of taxes, wine and happiness. The Florentine Philip Mazzei embodied the definition of winemaker given by Hugh Johnson: "Farmer and artist, dreamer and worker, hedonistic and masochistic, alchemist and accounting." At the end of the '700 brought European vines in the New World, he became friend and fellow politician Thomas J...

An amputee with a bionic hand has for the first time been able to feel the texture and shape of objects in his grasp, European researchers said last Wednesday.   The success of the month-long trial in Italy has energized researchers in the hunt to solve one of the most difficult challenges in prosthetics. Until now, moveable prosthetic hands...

Da oggi e fino al 26 giugno, l'Università per Stranieri di Siena ospiterà laConferenza dell'American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI). Oltre 400 docenti di italiano delle scuole superiori e delle università provenienti prevalentemente da Usa e Canada saranno a Siena per i 5 giorni di lavori congressuali che rappresentano per la città l'oc...

by Silvia Donati For outsiders, the Palio may just be an ancient horse race, but, to the Sienese, it is much more than that: the Palio is life, they say. Hopes, dreams, passions, fears, battles, scheming and community: just as these elements are part of life, they are also a fundamental part of the Palio di Siena.   It is a race that lasts...

by Briana Palma   Frances Mayes is best known for her memoirs about life as an expatriate in Tuscany, including, of course, Under the Tuscan Sun, the wildly popular book that tells her story of buying and renovating an abandoned villa in the town of Cortona.   After publishing six more books about Italy, among other work, Mayes is bac...

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò - 24 West 12th Street - New York, NY 10011 - NOVEMBER 17, 2015 - 06:00 PM. Siena: City of Secrets (2015, University of Chicago Press) by Jane Tylus   The author in conversation with Millicent Marcus (Yale), Laura Biagi (Vassar College) and Mauro Mussolin (NYU Florence). Jane Tyl...