Traditions

The art of making soap with almond ashes

Some decades have passed, but the memory of almond trees fields is still very much alive in my mind. Fields that filled our land with many, old trees...

Alive and well - The medieval art of flag throwing

The low, deliberate beat of the drums comes first, distantly reverberating off the high stone walls like a pulsating heartbeat. Louder and louder...

Wedding traditions, Italian style

Maybe it is all due to fairy tales, but weddings, big and fat or small and thin, are always in fashion. A wedding in Italy is considered such a...

Culinary secrets of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany at IIC SF

What is Italy known for? Among its many charming attributes, Italy is known for its cuisine. Who doesn't think of Italian food and fondly reminisce...

The art of being Italian American

Art, in all its forms and shapes, is the most immediate and beautiful of all ways of communicating: a painting, a song, a piece of poetry, a palace...

Messina, the neglected capital

Messina in north eastern Sicily is a sadly forgotten capital of the Italian island. Cruise ships arrive, and their passengers are whisked off to...

Little, tasty nuggets of Italy

For over forty years, I have been living in both Italy and the US. I feel Italian and American, Italiana and Americana, sounds almost like a...

Lost crafts: the master rope maker, u mast’s l’andrète

The craft of rope makers, funaio or cordaro , is as old as Man: a thousands-year long art, based on an easy manual technique, where two only...

Italian craftsmanship: culture, heritage and hope for the future

The expression Made in Italy itself is almost perfectly synonymous with Italian craftsmanship, or artigianato, to say it as we do. From culinary...

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...

Aqua Mirabilis, the Italian scent that changed perfumery

The glossy, celebrity-filled cologne counters of modern shopping malls hide a fascinating, if odd history. Today’s fragrances offer heady punches of...

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,...

Pizza shows its modern version... and don’t call it simply Margherita!

Modern pizza rhy-mes more with evolution than tradition. After its recent appointment to the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List, the dish symbol...

Ferla, treasure trove of the Hyblaean Mountains

The road into the Hyblaean Mountains snakes left and right, hugging the hillsides as the flora turns from spartan scrubland to holm-oak forest. It's...

Coming from the oldest portable oven on earth, here’s a still popular delicacy: testaroli

Lunigiana is a historical area nestled between Tuscany and Romagna that always survived on agriculture , a characteristic from which it inherits all...