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View to fishermanns village on the Island Procida near Naples, italy — Photo by silverjohn

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part I)

After completing our annual month of Italian language study in Rome, my wife Carole and I headed south for yet another tour of Southern Italy’s many...
Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci (1481)

In search of Leonardo da Vinci

This month one of Da Vinci’s celebrated works, The Adoration of the Magi is returning to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence after 6 years of restoration...
Milan Urban Railway Tour

Milan Urban Railway Tour - 1st Day | Italia Slow Tour

Italia Slow Tour Ambassador Roxana Iacoban took a trip throughout Milan going along the local Urban Railway line.

Italy’s Oscars: 14 Statuettes and Counting

As usual, the 89th Academy Awards, aka “Oscars,” ceremony – annually presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ( AMPAS ) – is...
Folk singer Michela Musolino

"Music and culture: An Italian Perspective": Italian Music on set at Chapman University

Representing the variety and beauty of Italian music in different ages and in different fields was the goal of "Music and culture: an Italian...
Piazza Vigliena a.k.a. Quattro Canti in Palermo, Italy — Photo by digitalsignal

Palermo: Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2018

Palermo is the beating heart of Sicily, a heart that holds within all the mesmerizing beauty and stark oppositions typical of this land: it is rich...
Jacopo Tintoretto -Self-portrait, circa 1547

Artistic Nicknames, Treasures of the Italian Renaissance

In most art history classes, names like Giotto, Tintoretto, Donatello, Botticelli, Fra’ Angelico and of course Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci are...
Harlequin mask - photo by Daydream

“Midnight Mischief at Venice’s Masquerade Balls

Masked balls. Fried sweets. Colorful costumes. In the weeks before Fat Tuesday ( martedì grasso ), Venice revels in Carnevale . Dating back to the...
Details of the vault ceiling decorated by Annibale Carracci of the Galleria Farnese in the Farnese Palace in Rome

Lorenzo de Medici’s Triumph of Bacchus: “Di doman non c'è certezza”

“Quant’è bella giovinezza, che si fugge tuttavia! / Chi vuol esser lieto, sia / di doman non c’è certezza.” Tomorrow has no certainty, so dance and...

The Charioteer of Mozia: meeting the Greek Youth in Siciliy

There are many Greek treasures in Sicily and one of these is on a little island off the coast of Marsala, Mozia. Here, in a small museum that you...
Cannoli siciliani have a huge identity-defining power: Italian bakeries all over the world make of their presence on the shelves a symbol of “italianità” and heritage associated with only a handful of other products. Photo by siculodoc

The sweetest thing: cannolo siciliano and its amazing history

Cannolo siciliano: is there any other Italian dessert this popular in the world? Tiramisù may be one of its more glorious competitors, but cannolo...

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part I): Cascia

There has never been any doubt that the Umbria region in the heart of Italy is a real “Land of the Saints”. Flocks of people come to this side of the...
The Abbey of Montecassino

The Abbey of Montecassino

Slow Tour riding a horse, along the path of St Benedict that leads to the great Abbey of Montecassino, rising up above the Liri valley. Beneath the...
St Benedict's Sacro Speco

St Benedict's "Sacro Speco" (Holy Cave)

The so called Sacro Speco in Subiaco is a place of hermitage that has become work of architecture and art. Here is the cave where the young Benedict...
Giuseppe Verdi Square, Busseto, Parma, Italy - photo by foundfootage

Discovering the Home Land of Verdi

Parma and its Province are the homeland of the excellence of some of the Italian culinary cornerstones. Places that are rich in history and their...

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