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Buying a cheap property in Italy is an attractive prospect for many travelers, particularly with the ever-growing number of towns offering up homes for next to nothing through regeneration schemes. While some have been brave enough to take the leap and snap up a house ranging in price from one to a few thousand euros in a rural Italian village, oth...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere invites the public to see its annual display of “Il Presepio Della Solidarietà,” the FDNY 9/11/01 Solidarity Crèche, beginning Friday, Dec. 10 when it will be displayed on Casa Belvedere’s front porch. The 18th century style handcrafted nativity scene was a gift of friendship and solidarity from t...

Together with the chestnuts and the pomegranates, the typical fruits of the fall are persimmons which come from Diospoyros kaki, a fruit plant from East Asia belonging to the the family of the Ebenecee. The persimmon in Italy was introduced in 1880 and the success was extra-ordinary. Among the firsts to appreciate it was also Giuseppe Verdi who in...

A new dining option has arrived to Towne East Square. Sitting between JC Penny and Von Maur in the former Noodles & Co. space is Mary’s Pizza Italian Kitchen. It’s on the east-facing end of the mall and has their own entrance for the restaurant. Here’s a first look at what to expect. What you’ll find at Mary’s Pizza is prototypical of what’s availa...

It’s not easy to be a dog in Venice. Plots of grass or even of unpaved earth are rare, as are trees. There are few open public spaces of much size, and even the city’s one substantial park–on the island of Sant’ Elena–has a basketball and a tennis court, two small playgrounds, a scaled-down soccer field, but no dog run. Moreover, Venetian law requi...

I am terrible at foreign languages. Despite having traveled around Europe four months a year since I was a kid, I can barely put a sentence together anywhere east or south of England. But with some creative communication, I manage just well enough to write guidebooks, produce TV shows, and enjoy Europe on vacation. And nowhere do I have more fun co...

Many restaurants are cautiously returning to business after pandemic-related economic consequences. But one local Italian chain is expanding and they are setting up shop in a part of town that has had its history of troubles. "So the cool thing about that pasta machine you can put on different cutters, or different dyes,” said Shawn Cronin, M’Tucci...

Italy is not exactly renowned for dinosaurs. In comparison to its excellent artistic and archaeological heritage, dinosaur fossils are very rare. Not surprisingly, the discovery of the first isolated remains from these animals, in the early 1990s, generated quite an excitement, but were shortly after considered nothing more than an exception to a g...

Look up! You might just notice an ornamental architectural fixture crafted by noted sculptor Corrado Parducci, who completed 13 installations in the Lansing area during the ’30s, ’50s and ’60s in Lansing. Parducci’s work can be seen at Michigan Bell, on the campus of Michigan State University, the Capitol Area District Library downtown main branch,...

It's no secret that the whole of Italy was hit hard by COVID-19. Between March 2020 and May 2021, travelers were kept out of the country while it went into lockdown. Since Americans and other travelers have been returning to the country, rest assured that Italy — and from my experience, especially Tuscany — is still as beautiful and bucolic as it...

The United States is by far the top destination for Italian wine exports, which, in the first 8 months of 2021, have already amply surpassed the billion euro (1.16 billion euros) mark in shipments, up on both 2020 (+22.7%) and 2019 (+19.4%). An enormous turnover, essentially linked to red wines, white wines and sparkling wines, mostly Prosecco, whi...

The Fitler Club, a posh and stylish private-membership club in Center City, will host a fashion show on Dec. 8 featuring the designs of Sartoria Milano, a family-owned fashion house whose sartorial creations blend Italian tradition and Italian innovation.At the event, scheduled for 6 p.m., brothers Nicola and Luca Battista will present fashion tren...