LIFE & PEOPLE

LA Opera Director James Conlon named Commendatore of the Italian Republic

“I have conducted regularly in Italy for over thirty years, and love the country for its beauty, its culture and its language.” James Conlon,...

A summer out of the ordinary by Italy's favorite seaside spots

Summer is on its way, or so we all hope here in Italy. The weather remains unstable, albeit temperatures are pleasant and I happily enjoyed my first...

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...

Naso: the roots of Lady Gaga

Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from...

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...
Pasta frittata is considered a stroke of Neapolitan genius

The “frittat’e maccarun,” Naples’ own pasta frittata

Around the first half of the 19th century , during the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies , Lent days were called giorni di scammaro and people had to eat...

Giada De Laurentiis: Food Network Chef goes back to her Italian roots

“Cooking with my grandfather Dino is one of my earliest memories.” In going down memory lane, Giada De Laurentiis gets emotional. With such an...

Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily! But don’t forget about Emilia Romagna

Italy is all beautiful, but it’s undeniable that outside national borders some regions are more popular than others: topping the world’s preferences...

Sardinia’s Carloforte: meeting with remarkable men

There is a remote island of resilient men in southwestern Sardinia. It is called San Pietro and legend has it that St. Peter visited in 46 AD. The...

Rome’s Pantheon – from paganism to Christianity

As your eyes acclimatize to the soft ambient light, sacred statues begin to peek out from shaded alcoves. A single shaft of dazzling sunlight hits...

A mysterious deck, with Italian origins: the tarots

Only naming them brings to mind mystery and divination, the magic aura of the unknown surrounds them: but are tarot cards really that difficult to...

L’Italo Americano and its 110 years of history serving Italian heritage

Domenico Di Salvo arrived on Ellis Island on September 5, 1907. He had left on the 23 rd of August on the Koenig Albert steamer, which had been used...

A Taste of Italy: teaching Italian culture, cuisine and wine to a new generation of chefs

How a perfect night looks like when you are an Italian food lover? The answer could come from people who attended the Taste Of Italy event, organized...