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Discovering Siena’s underground aqueducts

Perched atop three Tuscan hills, the ancient walled city of Siena is famous for many things. Its medieval streets and architecture have barely...

Take it with a grain of farro!

This Mediterranean farro dish is going straight to the top of your favourites list once you try it! But first, let’s touch upon the question, ‘what...
Giulio Iacchetti was the Ambassador for the Bay Area of the First Italian Design Day. Ph: Istituto Italiano di cultura San Francisco Facebook page

Giulio Iacchetti Explores the Leading Role of Italian Design in the World

On March 2nd, San Francisco celebrated the First Italian Design Day. Hundred Italian institutes worldwide greeted designers, entrepreneurs,...
Even a brief stroll in Venice can take you under buildings and over water. Photo by anatoliycherkas

Venice on Foot (Venezia a piedi)

Without cars, buses or other vehicles, Venice is a pedestrian paradise—until you get lost. As I discovered on a recent visit, you need more than a...
Internal view of San Galgano abbey in Tuscany, Italy. — Photo by michelecaminati

Italy’s own Sword in the Stone. The legend of San Galgano

We all know the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the stone. But what you might not know is that Italy has its own version. And you can find it...

The Ides of March and Julius Caesar’s death mystery

Not many may think of it, but the 15th of March, the Ides of March, to say it with the Romans, marks the millenary anniversary of one of history’s...
A view of Gubbio city, a town and comune in the far northeastern part of the Italian province of Perugia (Umbria). It is located on the lowest slope of Mt. Ingino, a small mountain of the Apennines. — Photo by mauriziobiso_1

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part III): Gubbio

After Cascia and Todi, the journey to re-discover the customs and traditions of Umbria and its local saints stops in another astonishing medieval...
Many see a ride along the Grand Canal in gondola as the epitome of romance.  Photo by lachris77

Decoding Venice’s iconic gondolas

For centuries they were the only way to travel, criss-crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating the city’s iconic canals. Today, whilst Venice’s...
Frank Hysa, The Hive CIO, is a recent Ph.D. graduate in Management between the University of Maryland and the Polytechnic University of Marche

The Silicon Valley Approach: a Mindset that Keeps Inspiring Italian Startups

It all started in Le Marche region, but the echo produced by The Hive program can now be heard also in California. The Hive Incubator and Accelerator...
Grignolino, Schiava, Soave, Nosiola, and Lambrusco are five favorite Italian wines picks sure to compliment any picnic basket

Five Fav Italian Wine Picks for the Picnic Basket

Inspired by a few days of near 70 degree temperatures, I am geared up to shift focus from snow boots to picnics as fairer weather begins to make its...

Northwest Italian Radio Show blazes a new trail

Everyone wants to be Italian! That pretty much sums up the raison d’etre of one of the Northwest’s most lively and fun radio talk shows. The...

Best Markets in Italy: The Ballarò street market in Palermo

What comes to mind when you think of Sicily? Breathtaking Mediterranean beaches? The movie The Godfather , perhaps? If it’s not the overabundance of...
Original Dixieland Jazz Band. 1918 promotional postcard showing (from left), drummer Tony Sbarbaro (aka Tony Spargo), trombonist Edwin "Daddy" Edwards, cornetist Dominick James "Nick" LaRocca, clarinetist Larry Shields, and pianist Henry Ragas

First Recording in Jazz History has strong Sicilian roots

On February 26th 1917, clarinetist and bandleader Nick LaRocca (born in New Orleans, Louisiana, from Sicilian parents) passed into the annals of jazz...
The new biography "Toscanini - Musician of Conscience" written by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs will come out next spring

The sound and the fury of Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini’s boisterous humanity comes alive throughout a new biography by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs. To mark the 150th anniversary...

Lorenzo Damiani, “Ambassador of Design” at LA’s Italian Design Day

T he first edition of the Italian Design Day (March 2nd) – brainchild of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry...

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