Culture

The legend of the Human Chess Game dates back to 1454 when Marostica belonged to the Venetian Republic. Crediti: PH STUDIO BOZZETTO

Check mate! Playing life sized chess in Marostica

Chess is a fascinating game of strategy, tactics and mental power. And nowhere is it played out on a grander scale than in Marostica, northern Italy...
Vine-growers (viticoltori)) keep a close eye on their vines (viti) to determine when the grapes are ready for harvest (vendemmiabile) — Photo by giorgio.pulcini

Autumn in Italy – and in Italian

A utumn is my favorite season in Italy – not just for the mild days and starry nights, but also for the centuries of history embedded in the Italian...
A recently launched hashtag is dedicated to the work of Italian embassies around the world and to Italian communities outside of Italy. It also gives the possibility to learn a bit more about the Italian-American community

#ItaliaIn: the hashtag to learn about Italians in the world

The Italian minister for foreign affairs, commonly known as “Farnesina” after the name of the building where it has its see, has recently launched a...

Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime?

If you have good reporting skills and are available to travel to Italy next week, we’ll get you on a flight to Italy with all travel expenses paid as...
Panoramic top view of Vinci Village around meadow area from Conti Guidi Castle in Italy, — Photo by niglaynike

Leonardo’s Birthplace: Back to the House in Vinci where the Genius was Born

Even though everybody in the world knows about Leonardo da Vinci’s great genius, relatively few people ever think about paying a visit to the Tuscan...
Original Dixieland Jazz Band - A 1918 promotional postcard showing (from left), drummer TonySbarbaro (aka Tony Spargo), trombonist Edwin "Daddy" Edwards, cornetist Dominick James"Nick" LaRocca, clarinetist Larry Shields, and pianist Henry Ragas

Sicily, trumpets and brass bands: how Italian-Americans have made the history of Jazz

Not many may know it, but musicians of Italian descent left an indelible mark in the history of Jazz. Jazz, the rebellious lovechild of ragtime and...
Chalk portrait of Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni, circa 1621

Discovering the dark world of Caravaggio in Rome

One of the most macabre and moving self-portraits in the world is in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. It’s not labelled as a self-portrait - it’s David...
Overview of Palazzolo Acreide and the Iblei Mountains beyond

Palazzolo Acreide: Sicily’s hidden gem of culture, history and cuisine

The small town of Palazzolo Acreide, nestled along the rocky slopes of Sicily’s Iblei Mountains about 25 miles north of Siracusa, is a charming gem,...
"You, Me & Sicily!": Sicily's First Settlers

"You, Me & Sicily!": Sicily's First Settlers

On this episode of You, Me & Sicily Alfred and Ezster explore some of Sicily first inhabitants and settlers!
How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

When I had my first visit to Rome, I bought a little book from a vendor called “Rome Past & Present.” It has photos of each ruin in the Roman...
The small covered bridge connects the magnificent Doge's Palace, home of the city's ruler and also the courts of justice with the damp, dark, dingy city "new prison" across the canal

Six Facts About the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an iconic location. Tourists flock to take its picture, lovers and selfie sticks jostling for the best view. But few...
The San Lorenzo Feast in Florence

Notte di San Lorenzo: 8 celebrations not to be missed

Want to wish upon a star? Every year, come August 10th, people all over Italy wish for a cloudless sky and, possibly, for a new moon – the perfect...
50 Trivia Facts about Italy (Part Four)

50 Trivia Facts about Italy (Part Four)

The Tuscan Muse walks us through the last part with the most interesting facts about Italy. Here what makes Italy popular and unique! The longest...
Aliano, The Smallest Village Running to Become Italian Capital of Culture

Aliano, The Smallest Village Running to Become Italian Capital of Culture

Aliano is a small village in the Basilicata region and is located atop "calanchi", which are deforested, sandy soiled, rocky hills. Over the town's...
Naples: Santa Chiara has a “Secret Garden” of Majolica Tiles

Naples: Santa Chiara has a “Secret Garden” of Majolica Tiles

Susan takes us to Naples, where she explores a special place related to Santa Chiara. The old looming Church of Santa Chiara in the heart of Naples...