Forget wine and cheese parties. In Italy, chocolatiers and enoteche (wine shops) are holding degustazione di vino (wine tastings) with a side of chocolate. Crash courses are no longer limited to wine or olive oil. Chocolate is premiering in the “gastronomic parlor game,” wrote the New York Times in the 2003 article “Hints of Wine? Chocolate Enters...

Italian yacht builder Benetti has announced the sale of the first 40-metre superyacht Oasis BO101 to a former world champion and offshore powerboat racer Tim Ciasulli from the USA, represented by Merle Wood & Associates. The yacht with a fibreglass hull and superstructure and a gross tonnage of 385 tonnes, is already being outfitted at the Livorno...

About 10 years ago, Elisabetta Mori and some friends were doing research for an art exhibit on the theme of “archives of memories.” “We approached the theme literally, and so we looked for old examples of physical memories—computer memories,” Mori recalls. “We tried to see the oldest computers built in Italy.” At the Museum of Computing Machinery i...

Seven hundred years on, the question of where Dante’s remains should be kept remains divisive and one more cause for polemica (controversy). The dispute started after La Repubblica, Italy’s major daily, published an article hinting at ongoing negotiations, happening ‘behind the scenes,’ between the city administrations of Ravenna and Florence, to t...

Some of Italy’s best-known destinations lie beyond its fabled mainland, with islands like Capri and Ischia drawing millions to their photogenic coasts each year. But when you want to escape the throngs and help deal with over-tourism (even two years ago Capri’s mayor told The Telegraph he worried about his island “exploding” from all the visitors),...

They were originally called feriae Augusti, or "the rest of Augustus" (as the Roman emperor), and are a millenary history custom. They were to indicate those holidays established in the year 8 BC by the first Roman emperor in history to celebrate the end of the main works of the agricultural season and thus constitute a period of rest able to resto...

The Island of Elba is the largest in the Tuscan Island chain, and by itself it contains a secluded charm, yet is rich in history, civilization and nature life. It is thanks to its geological structure and its particular geographic position that this island is considered an open-air laboratory for geologists, naturalists and botanists. One can admir...

A couple weeks ago I attended a Masters class in Boston hosted by the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico and led by Jeff Porter.  It was a horizontal tasting discussing the diversity of Chianti Classico and its 9 communes including: San Casciano in Val di Pesa; Tavarnelle Val di Pesa; Barberino Val d’Elsa; Poggibonsi; Greve in Chianti; Castellare in C...

Tuscany is home to so many beautiful sites that are firm in the collective imagination that you might be wondering if there’s anything to see off the beaten path. Fortunately, the region also has you covered on that front as well! With a myriad of unusual sites all over Tuscany, you’ll be sure to find a few unique highlights that you probably didn’...

A new cooperative partnership with an Italian university is giving Troy University archaeology students a chance to explore one of the world’s most historic areas. TROY students spent this summer working on a historical dig with the University of Pisa, the first in what are planned to become yearly trips to Italy. The partnership came about due to...