La vita italiana

The many reasons why the British Sun got it all wrong about Naples

I was having dinner a couple of weeks ago, when my attention was caught by the news blabbing on tv: The Sun, one of Britain best-selling tabloids,...

The Voice of Opera: Remembering Luciano Pavarotti

It has been almost 10 years since Luciano Pavarotti’s passing on September 6, 2007, but his legacy will live on forever. He has been one of the few...

Coffee and “scaramanzia,” an entirely made in Italy match

My neighbor is from Naples. We bonded over our personal obsession on a Spanish novela and our love for coffee: we’d invite each other for one several...

The last days of Pompeii: what really happened?

Pompeii is without a doubt one of the most exceptional archaeological sites in the world, probably the most relevant, for the wealth of findings and...

Italy and mass tourism: more is not always better

Tourism is one of the main motors of Italian economy, but something has been going awry in the past few years. Senseless mass tourism hasn’t really...

Inventions of Italy: finding Italian creativity where you may not expect it

Scientific innovation or inventions may not be the first thing coming to mind in relation to the Bel Paese. No offense to the many Italian scientists...

Italy: a history made of migration

Never as before the topic of immigration has been affecting the socio-political life of Europeans, and Italians in particular. However, considering...

Nicola’s and Jim’s I AM Books is revitalizing Boston’s Little Italy

In a world like today’s, in which social media rule and, generally speaking, the virtual aspect of our relations is predominant over the traditional...

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 best “borghi” on Italy’s most beautiful islands

Islands: is there anything concocting more perfectly together thoughts of wilderness, mystery and beauty? An island is a world apart, secluded from...

The Small World of Salento

Whether you choose to drive through the heel of Italy, from Lecce to Otranto, or from the Ionian to the Adriatic coast, the breathtaking town of...

The Nefarious Truffle/Tartufo: Why You Love Them…or Despise Them

True confession: up until about 6 years ago I gleefully lived my life believing a truffle was a delectable orb of chocolaty goodness surrounding a...

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,...

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...

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