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Glauco Ferrari

Glauco Ferrari: Writer. Born in Rome and dividing his life between Italy and the U.S., Glauco is an expert on Italian affairs and loves to share his knowledge and experience with a broader audience, using a conversational style. In the greater scheme of things, Glauco always believes that "if you fully understand Italy, then you can understand the deepest secrets of the world."




Thursday, November 12th, 2015
sex scandals
Every nation and every era have their own sex scandals and Italy, in its glorious history, certainly had also its share. Since the Roman's times, Italians have tried to hide what happened in the secrecy of their bedrooms, but some events were simply too much to hide, or weren't hid to begin with. Talking about sex and the Italians isn't a cheap way to intercept voyeuristic intentions, but is a way to understand how italian society has evolved as a whole. What was forbidden in the past, very
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
valentino rossi
Valentino Rossi (Photo from Wikipedia) Italy always produced great bikers: it's almost like the country's racing in its blood. When, in the 1960s and 1970s,  Giacomo Agostini reached the Olympus of world motorbike racing, it seemed nobody could do as well as him. It was truly so for decades, until Valentino Rossi came onto the scene.    Valentino's amazing career  Born in 1979, Rossi is already a legend in his sport and has shown a great talent for
Monday, October 26th, 2015
bar café italy
  A bar/café in Rome Ph. depositphotos/lucidwaters   The concept of going to a bar, and the definition of the bar itself, is very different in Italy from that held in any Anglo-Saxon or Northern European country.  A bar in Italy's a place for refreshments, where one can have a quick breakfast in the morning, usually consisting of a coffee or cappuccino (strictly drunk in the AM) and a croissant. Throughout the day, the bar usually serves
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
business tips
    Doing business with Italians may require to know some things (Sandra Druschke/flickr)   While technology is rife in Italy, in many ways communication remains an old fashioned business. Sure, there are text messages and companies are increasingly using Voip and Skype, but by and large Italians do not employ as much technology as other countries due to a certain kind of psychological block favoring phones and faxes. If you're from a country where companies
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
san marino vatican city
Flags of Vatican City and San Marino   Europe is notorious for having small roads, utility cars, and everything reduced to minimal space, therefore it shouldn't come as a surprise that several nations in Europe are the size of a few blocks in New York City. Among these mini-countries that include Andorra, Liechtenstein, and Monaco, two, San Marino and Vatican City,  are on Italian territory. Despite their physical location, they are both very independent and live their history
Friday, October 2nd, 2015
italian nobel prizes
The Nobel Prize is universally considered the most prestigious – possibly because the best known – among all prizes. Born off the will of notable Swedish chemist and businessman Alfred Nobel (who, by the way, invented dynamite), the Nobel Prize is assigned each year to members of the science, art, political and economic communities, in six categories: peace, literature, medicine, physics, chemistry and economics.  Italy and Italian descendents have earned their share of Nobel Prizes
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Italian museums
See also Part 1.  Here come more exceptional museums nestled within the beauty of the land of art, Italy.    The detail of the House of the Faun mosaic (in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples) depicting Alexander the Great (The Guardian DEA/G Nimatallah/De Agostini/Getty Images/wikimedia)   La Pinacoteca di Brera  Let's continue our journey of Italian museums with a trip to the heart of the Italy of finance and fashion: the city of Milan. Here
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
italian museums
The Guggenheim Museum in Venice (Gabriella Alù/Flickr)   Italy is a country rich in art and artistic talent. The country holds between 55 to 65% of all the world's art. Based on these stats, it's clear that art lovers will have a lot to see and do in Italy, and that the country would have some of the best museums in the world. According to ISTAT, the National Statistics Institute, Italy is home to 4739 museums. Among them, the Musei Vaticani, the third, most visited museum in
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
With 119,804 inhabitants, Latina is one of the youngest cities in Italy, pretty much built from scratch in 1936 during the Fascist era. Differently from other towns, Latina doesn't really have any ancient historical elements, and all the buildings seem to be square and to follow the classic/futuristic style that Mussolini wanted in the modern cities: functionality, large spaces and truly organized dwellings.  Latina is located in the middle of what were once swamps and wetlands,
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
italian unresolved mysteries
See also part one of this article: Top Italian Unresolved Misteries   Italian Mysteries: the murder of Samuele Lorenzi   The murder of Samuele Lorenzi has shocked Italy more than many other, just as brutal homicides. The 3 year old boy was killed in his own home in Cogne, a quaint village in the beautiful Alpine region of Valle d'Aosta, an area where the crime rate is close to zero and everyone seems to know one another. The only suspect was the child's mother, Anna
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
italian mysteries
History is often mysterious. At times because of a lack of primary or archaeological sources, especially if we are dealing with ancient facts. In other cases, however, mystery arises by the very circumstances surrounding an event and their lack of clarity. In the cases of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Pope John Paul I and the "Strage di Ustica" little evidence has made it hard to understand what really took place, which only help thicken the mystery. Conspiracy theories, divergent explanations and
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Italian regions
The regions of Italy (wikimedia)   Valle d'Aosta This is the smallest region of the country,  a little gem right on the French border. Home of the Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, and the tunnel that connects Italy to France, Valle d'Aosta also has one of the most beautiful natural parks in the world, the Gran Paradiso. Famous not only for its mountains, but also for its castles, this region, with a population of approximately 127.585 is a true paradise and it
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
italian regions
The regions of Italy (wikimedia)   Marche A beautiful region of honest people, approximately 1,561,461 enjoy living there. It is very productive and rich and also has some great art cities, like Urbino, where Raffaello was born. When visiting, Palazzo Ducale is a must-see.   Lazio Some claim that there is Rome and then the rest of Lazio; this is possibly true due to the fact that Rome is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in world. However, Lazio
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
hotel booking
We would like to offer you a general guideline on what to seek when searching for an hotel in Italy. Most of the rules are common to other countries, so feel free to apply them to your needs.   Hotel Moderno, Palermo (Luca Savettiere/flickr)   Location The most important thing is clearly location, as it does not only define the price, but also the overall set up and rhythm of your vacation. Every city in Italy has very central hotels, and we strongly
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
film dubbing
Woody Allen's voice: Oreste Lionello    Italy has a long and strong tradition in film dubbing and lip sync, to the point that it has probably developed the most important class of "dubbers" in the world. It all started with the first Italian films, where expressive actors who were not blessed with particularly captivating voices were dubbed by others, to the point often the lines of the script were not even actually spoken during filming. Foreign films of course were also
Friday, August 14th, 2015
italy on motorbike
    Italians love vehicles on two wheels and it's safe to say that they're second to none when it comes to riding, designing and manufacturing them.   By the Sella Pass (MrHicks46/flickr)   Motorbikes are an excellent way to get around in Italy, especially in the city, because of the usually heavy traffic and the never-ending difficulties with finding parking. Famous and classic brands, such as Bianchi, took over the market's leadership, in Italy first, then
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Mario Monicelli
  Mario Monicelli (Photo from Wikipedia)   Mario Monicelli was a film director able, more than anyone else, to capture the true spirit of Italian comedy on the silver screen, especially in the 1950s and 60s. His movies reflect how things really were, and he created characters whose actions could have been those of your next-door neighbor. In fact, the lifestyle and values that shaped the nation in those years are easily discernible in many of his
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
  A Trabocco in Chieti, Abruzzo. Ph. bass_nroll on flickr    If you don't know what a trabucco (or trabocco) is, read on: a trabucco is a large wooden construction, a real fishing machine, with a platform bonded to coastal rock by big pine logs and two, but sometimes more, antenna-like cranes stretching out over the water to support big fishing nets, better known as "trabocchetti". Italian fishermen adopted this technique for its feasibility in adverse weather
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
emilio fede
Emilio Fede   The younger generations see Emilio Fede as an anchorman who is able to deviate from just telling the news. Nowadays, Fede is known more as a showman and comedian, than a journalist. The truth is, however, that Emilio Fede has a long history in journalism and is one of Italy’s newsmen with the lengthiest career. In the 1970s Fede, along with colleagues like Massimo Valentini, were predominant figures at Tg1 (or TeleGiornale 1, the news at one of Italy’s state-run
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
italian cars and movies
  Italian movies from the 50s & the 60s Clearly, Italian films of that period featured many Italian cars, and represent a true archive of classic models, which have become highly collectable. They are a great way to see them in motion today, when it became almost impossible to see them on the road.   A 1967 red Alfa Romeo Duetto, just like the one driven by Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" (jamieli-commonswiki/wikimedia)   Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) This is