Samantha Cristoforetti will be the first Italian woman, and the first European, in command of the International Space Station. This was announced by ESA, which only a few months ago had announced the astronaut's return to the mission. "Returning to the ISS to represent Italy and Europe is an honor in itself. My appointment to the commander position...

Val Venosta is a place of stunning beauty in the north of Italy, a green gem set among high, magnificent mountains. It stretches for about 80 km, from Merano, in the province of Bolzano, to the Resia Pass, on the Austrian border, the place also famous for the old sunken bell tower that rises from the waters of Lake Resia. Val Venosta is the perfect...

Our tour of the United States takes us this time west to the Centennial State: Colorado. Here, too, there is a vibrant community that celebrates Italy, gathered around a successful magazine that for exactly 10 years has been led by a young Italian American, Jenna Capra.  We thank her three times: because with the magazine she directs, Andiamo! she...

If you’re looking for a remarkable corner of Italy away from the country’s tourist magnets, one that offers a unique take on the Italian experience, head to Trentino, the dramatically scenic and mountainous region north of Lake Garda. Here wining and dining locally provides distinct pleasures—superb sparkling wines and Italian food with Alpine twis...

Fiè allo Sciliar is a small municipality with just over 3000 inhabitants,  located in the autonomous province of Bolzano, South Tyrol. It lies at the foot of the Sciliar (2,563 m), an imposing mountain that is part of the Dolomites mountain range and the symbol of South Tyrol, from which it takes its name. The Sciliar can be reached on foot along v...

In the UK you’d count yourself lucky to find a Shell garage with a Ginster’s-branded microwave and a working Costa machine. The average service station in Italy, on the other hand, is a culinary delight. Espresso is deliciously rich, arancini are made on site and there are little tables to stand around and read the paper. People stop there for the...

The submerged village of Curon has laid dormant for more than 70 years, with only its 14th century church steeple poking through the water’s surface to remind passers-by of its existence. But now, the water has receded to reveal the once-lively village located near the Italian-Switzerland border in the north. Curon was home to hundreds of people be...

Lost on the antiques market at the beginning of the 20th century, two magnificent 17th century bronze sculptures, which belonged to the Prince-Bishop of Trento, have returned to the museum collections of the Buonconsiglio Castle in the capital of Trentino Alto Adige. In order to show the two statues to the public, an exhibition was also prepared, e...

Lake Resia, in the north of the country, is best known for the church steeple emerging from its icy waters. The iconic scene has even inspired a book and a Netflix series. But with the lake temporarily drained, locals have been able to see the final traces of Curon, a village once home to hundreds before it was flooded to create a hydroelectric pla...

Elizabeth Povinelli’s inheritance was passed down not through blood or soil, but through a framed map of Trentino, Alto Adige, in Italy—the region where her family's ancestral alpine village is located. Far more than a map hanging above the family television, the image featured colors and lines that held in place the memories and values fueling the...