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After the uncontrollable, devastating and to many extents unavoidable tragedy in Central Italy, people have been gathering money and sending help to relieve the pain and support reconstruction

A world of solidarity in support of the Central Italy’s Earthquake

From Queen Elizabeth II to restaurateurs in the L.A. area, everyone offers support to the people hit by last week’s deadly earthquake. The tragic...
Italian like their coffees traditional and simple

Mind your coffee! Some tips on how to get Italian coffee always right

I am an odd Italian coffee lover: I started drinking it when I was in my twenties, spending my youngest years in worship of the more exotic world of...
Sardinian traditional costumes are one of the most typical Sardinian folklore is striking for the variety, richness and beauty

Is Sardinia the Haven of Eternal Life?

A handful of days ago British company Tiziana Life acquired some very important Italian stuff: genes. Let me explain you better: Tiziana Life bought...
Massimo Bottura with Robert de Niro are planning a new Refettorio in the Bronx which will open in early 2017.  Image by Massimo Bottura

When Talent Meets Charity: Massimo Bottura and Robert de Niro to Launch Charity Project in NYC

Think of Milan during the months of the Expo. Think of the incredible amount of food produced and consumed on its premises. Think also of the equally...
Luigi del Bianco working at Mount Rushmore

Four Presidents, a Mountain and an Italian Chief Carver: the Long Forgotten History of Luigi del Bianco

Everyone knows Mount Rushmore, with its iconic representations of four of the most important presidents of US history: George Washington, Thomas...
Today, hand made gelato, known as "gelato artigianale," is a gem of Italian tradition, with specific rules to be followed when making it. Credit: Copyright Julia della Croce/Forktales 2016

The Long History of Gelato

Always a favorite during the Summer, gelato has come a long way since its beginning in the – or so historians think – exotic lands of the Chinese...
Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (Palazzo Vecchio - Florence)

Niccolò Machiavelli: More Than a Political Wizard

Admittedly, the times of Machiavelli were very different from today’s, and his own take on how to lead successfully a country would be now considered...
Italian-American writer Mario Puzo, author of the novel The Godfather © Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

The Father of The Godfather: Mario Puzo

A quintessential figure of Italo-american culture, Puzo was, and still remains today almost twenty years after his death, the iconic symbol of how...
The mystery about what makes a Stradivari so unique remains largely unsold

Stradivari and the magic of his instruments

You don’t need to be a music expert to know the name “Stradivari” (or Stradivarius, its latinized version). Along with his lesser known, but just as...
Dante Alighieri portrait, 1499-1504, by Luca Signorelli (1441-1450 - 1523), fresco

Dante in the USA: an interview with the Dante Society of America’s President Albert Russell Ascoli

To an Italian, Dante is croce e delizia, pleasure and pain: forcefully immersed in the study of his heavenly works during the rebellious years of...

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