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Leonardo DiCaprio invests in an Italian start-up: Hippeas

An idea of Livio Bisterzo, Hippeas has now launched in America as a combination of two English words: Hippies and chickpeas - designed to push the...

Savor Summer All Year Long ... Homemade "Canned" Tomatoes

You know that old Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk is buried up his neck in Tribbles? That’s what I feel like right now, because my tomato plants...

Emilia in the Time of the Terramare: A Glimpse of Prehistoric Italy

There was a time when the Italian Peninsula had yet to become the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” a distant era in which Roman and even Etruscan...

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...

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 Art & Landscape Architecture of Robert La Rocca

The journey from Sicily to California was an opportune one for many Italians immigrating from “the old country.” Landscape architect and artist,...

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...

Gelatiamo: Bringing the tantalizing taste of authentic gelato to Puget Sound

Maria Coassin is passionate about gelato. Not just its creamy texture, distinctive flavorings or even the specialty ingredients she imports from...

The thousand and more faces of UNESCO’s Italy

It’s easy to understand why, every year, there’s so much interest around UNESCO’s selection of new World Heritage entries - and the associated...

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...

Urbino’s Renaissance legacy

Birthplace of artist Raphael, home to one of the most beautiful high Renaissance palaces in the country, UNESCO World Heritage site: you’d think the...

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,...

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