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The world behind your Italian name

Naming a child is usually one of two things: a matter of trends or a matter of tradition. Every year, parents all over the world let celebrities and...

Trump’s import tariffs: what does Italy risk?

Just like the rest of the world, Italy has been following the POTUS’ work, both at home and on the international arena, with interest.. Curiosity...

Roman stories... by the street

Nevermind how long you have lived in Rome, you’ll always find something new to discover, or so do its lucky residents say. Of course, Rome is art,...

Hidden pop examples of Italian design: the work in the US of Lella and Massimo Vignelli

Italian design was only recently celebrated in LA with the Italian Design Day and it is once again time to talk about Italy’s most creative minds and...

The beauty and art and Made in Italy ceramics...in the US

Italy is known all over the world for its ceramics. Indeed, handmade and hand painted pottery is common all over the country, from north to south:...

Women History Month: let’s not forget the real face and heart of Italian women

Italian celebrations for International Women’s Day are, usually, rather cliché: journalists and TV hosts become experts of women history and...

The new secret of Alba White Truffle

The Alba White Truffle is an old acquaintance of mine. Actually, is much more than that, is a real childhood friend. Born and bred on the luscious...

From Piemonte to Veneto, the odd tradition to get cheese “drunk”

My region, Piem The history of this cheese, formaggio ubriaco in Italian, which means “drunk cheese,” originates from the regions of Veneto and...

East meets West in Italy’s 2018 Capital of Culture

For some reason, I like to compare cities to beautiful female figures: Turin, which I know very well, is an elegant and haughty princess with a knack...

Following an old melody: music at the times of Ancient Rome

As usual, Cicero is illuminating: “a life without music is like a body without its soul.” There’s an undeniable truth in his words the people of his...

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