Culture

The legendary history of l’Isola Tiberina, the heart of Rome

Water: the locus where the world of the seen and the unseen meet, the origin of life, the strongest of protection against enemies, the most melodious...

Ferragosto, the traditional Italian mid-summer feast

The exodus begins in early August. Factories in the Tiburtina Valley grind to a halt. Executives abandon EUR’s corporate offices. Shops on Via del...

Occhio malocchio: Italy and the old tradition of the evil eye

“Ciao, what are you up to?” Flavia says while looking at me and checking if I have any white hair, if my dress is this season’s or a couple of years...

Ape: working hard since 1948

When Ape was born, Vespa was only two years old and had already found a place in the heart of Italians, who had been getting back on their feet after...

The Bells of Agnone: Marinelli’s family handcrafting papal bells since 1339

There is a special sound that speaks of Italy, the same for thousands of years, a sound that becomes one with the country’s landscape, dotted with...

Feeding Italy for millennia: the history of ancient grains

Greeks and Romans offered spelt to the Gods, Aztecs considered chia seeds worthy of tributes, and farro is noted in the Old Testament. Today,...

Mary Taylor Simeti, grande dame of Sicilian culinary culture

“Sicilian novels and memoirs that speak of food are more important to me than cookbooks,” says Mary Taylor Simeti, a grande dame of the vibrant...

Pliny the Elder, story teller of the world

Second only to Aristotle, Gaius Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder, was probably the most influential scholar of Antiquity, and the only one...

Rocca Imperiale, the scent of lemons at sea

For a new angle on Italy, ditch the car and try sailing off on the Ionian Sea along the coast off Rocca Imperiale, a bijou-size borgo that just...

Venice’s pali da casada and the history they hide

Every year hundreds of trees are cut down. They’re trimmed, sanded and hand-painted, then pile-driven into the dense mud of the Venetian lagoon. It’s...

Bringing you back to your roots: la Farnesina promotes Italy’s “turismo delle radici”

It is a special year for L’Italo Americano, which celebrates its 110th anniversary. One hundred and ten years dedicated to keeping the Italian...

Rome’s Colosseum: there’s more than meets the eye

When in Rome … it’s a no-brainer that the famed Colosseum is at the top of most visitors’ list of “must see” attractions. In fact, this forerunner to...

"Bifrontal Inflatable Paintings": in Milan the new artworks by the most celebrated Italian artist Franco Mazzucchelli

What does painting mean today? This question inspired the new artworks by the most celebrated living Italian artist, Franco Mazzucchelli. The artist...

Palla al centro: a history of Italy’s love affair with soccer

Usually, in Italy, you’d sense electricity in the air before the soccer World Cup begins: the country’s passion for calcio is well known, and when it...

Nola’s towering festival of lilies

For a little town just off the A16 autostrada, east of Naples, Nola has some big claims to fame. Spartacus once conquered it, Hadrian tried and the...

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