La vita italiana

The coolest summer: why Italian gelato doesn’t feel the heat of a slower economy

The late July heatwave has been making sun, sea and sand lovers happy this year, with temperatures well into the high 80s and a gentle breeze...

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...

Ivrea: the last Italian jewel to enter the UNESCO Heritage List

“Industrial city of the 20th century:” this is how Ivrea has been recently introduced to the UNESCO World Heritage List, at the beginning of the...

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...

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...

Tuscany in red and white: following the Wine Trail’ s treasures

Among the reasons that make the Tuscan region one of the most beloved of the whole Bel Paese, the fine arts, its unique landscapes and its delicious...

Chinotto: a fully Italian vintage soda

Chinotto is a citrus fruit originally from China, exclusively grown on the Ligurian coast, in the Savona area since the end of the 19th century...

Biscotti or Cantucci di Prato?

The difference is tiny, yet it cannot be overlooked… “A sliced cookie, made with fine flour, sugar and egg whites:” this is the definition given by...

The crunch from Turin Napoleon was crazy about!

We all know it: in Italy, we love bread! These very crunchy “bread sticks” were invented in Turin in 1679, by the Savoias’ personal baker, who...

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...

Finding art and hospitality in Tuscany's ancient Spedali

Even though present-day hospitals all around the world are basically centers providing medical assistance and rehabilitation of the sick, the...

Terracotta: a thousand year long tradition

Sturdy yet light, with its typical red color it made the cupola of Firenze ’ s duomo unique in the world: this is the terracotta dell ’ Impruneta , a...

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