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Fig leaves : The great Italian cover-up

Ancient Romans and Greeks adored the human form, sculpting and painting it in all its nude glory. Renaissance artists who followed centuries later...

The Art & Landscape Architecture of Robert La Rocca

The journey from Sicily to California was an opportune one for many Italians immigrating from “the old country.” Landscape architect and artist,...

Gelatiamo: Bringing the tantalizing taste of authentic gelato to Puget Sound

Maria Coassin is passionate about gelato. Not just its creamy texture, distinctive flavorings or even the specialty ingredients she imports from...

Urbino’s Renaissance legacy

Birthplace of artist Raphael, home to one of the most beautiful high Renaissance palaces in the country, UNESCO World Heritage site: you’d think the...

A Generation Removed

Author’s note: This is the first installment of a serialized story that recounts my return to Italy and my grandfather’s journey to the U.S. My...

Looking into Italy’s soul: the many reasons the world loves Italian food

2018 will be a special year for Italy. 2018 will be the year of Italian food, as announced by Dario Franceschini, minister of Culture and Tourism,...

Be my Cicerone, guide me through Arpino

In so many ways, the Romans are ingrained in our ways of thinking. Many of our fundamental thoughts about life have been shaped and tested by the...
The Bravio delle botti (Bravio of the barrels) is an annual race held in the Italian town of Montepulciano since 1974, replacing an equivalent horserace dating back to 1373. Photo: metina.it

Montepulciano – Tuscany’s Medieval Gem

Where the sunrise lifts swirling rounds of swallows skyward over ancient terra-cotta to announce the day, and cobbled streets host the daily walk of...

Sicily: beauty, heritage and a difficult past

In the heart of Sicily, there was once a town called Corleone, the birthplace of a mafia boss of the likes of Bernardo Provenzano; his bloody history...

MIT Professor Carlo Ratti: Looking Towards the Future of “Sensible” Cities

The magazine Esquire listed him among the “Best & Brightest,” Forbes among the “Names You Need To Know” and Wired in the list of the “50 people...
Montefioralle – not much far from Greve in Chianti, a town 30 kilometers south of Florence – which some consider the real birthplace of the great explorer

Back to the Land of Explorers (Part III): Vespucci and Florence

Having discussed Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and the traces these great navigators have left in Genoa and Venice, our tour of the “land of...

Vivere all’Italiana – Casa Castiglioni

“There has to be irony, both in design and in the objects. I see around me a professional disease of taking everything too seriously. One of my...

Director Max Croci explores love, life and Joan Crawford in a recent Seattle visit

A new Italian film, “The Truth About Love Is… (La verità, vi spiego, sull’amore),” was warmly received by audiences during its North America premiere...

One Hundred Years of Italian Summers

The coming of Summer brings to each and every one of us different emotions: for school kids, it is synonym with holidays and mornings spent in bed...

The evergreen Italian diaspora according to Prof. Pasquale Verdicchio

P erhaps because Pasquale Verdicchio can boast a grayish beard worthy of a Greek philosopher - the likes of Plato or Aristotle - or maybe thanks to...

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