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."




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
Friday, July 24th, 2015
luca cordero di montezemolo
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (Ph. from Wikipedia)   Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is one of Italy's elite businessmen, successful and powerful and very well connected. From a noble Italian family, Montezemolo is a driver of fancy cars (and even a pro race car driver in some smaller races) who was groomed by the Agnellis and Fiat. While many have wondered whether Montezemolo's success came from his connections or his own abilities, it is likely that the truth is somewhere in
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
    122.337 inhabitants. This is one of the newest provinces in Italy, as it was established in 2004, but only truly operational since 2009. It was mainly a political decision, made due to the growing economic power of the area and also to slim down the already very busy province of Milan. Monza is one of the most populated cities in Lombardy and therefore the move sort of made sense. The area is actually very populated in general, and although not as big as other provinces,
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
sergio marchionne
  Sergio Marchionne. Ph. Ricardo Stuckert/PR-Agencia Brasil   Born in Italy in 1952, this manager, who apparently arrived from nowhere with a background in philosophy and was brought to Fiat as CEO by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, has become one of the most important figures not only in the Italian economy, but in the world. Marchionne took a very different approach in turning around the fate of Fiat, which seemed to be doomed before his arrival. He made the company a self-
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
daria bignardi
  Daria Bignardi (photo from Wikipedia)   What strikes the most about Daria Bignardi are her versatility and her incredibly young looks, despite the fact that she has been on Italian television for over two decades. She was able to move from hosting the number one edition of Big Brother to become a perfect interviewer, and has worked with all major networks. Over time, with hard work and a certain tough attitude that characterizes her, Daria was able to gain recognition and
Monday, July 20th, 2015
italian oscars
 Overall, 15 Italian movies have received an Oscar: 11 in the Best Foreign Movie category, 3 with a Special Oscar assigned before this category was created, all won by Vittorio De Sica. Some seminal Italian directors, such as Mario Monicelli received six nominations, but never won. Neglected by the Academy have also been great Sergio Leone and Dino Risi.    The Oscars, however, are not only assigned to the best movies or the most talented directors and actors, but also to
Monday, July 20th, 2015
Italian Oscars
  Historically, Italy has given a lot to the art of filmmaking and Americans have always been fascinated by "Cinema Italiano", finding it and its craftsmanship unique and inspiring. Of course, the Academy has also been very receptive to the films produced in Italy and indeed, as of 2014, Italy is the country that has won more Oscars for best foreign film than any other, a total of 11 Academy awards for best picture and 3 honorary awards. Let's see in detail which
Friday, July 17th, 2015
valentino rossi
Valentino Rossi (Photo from Wikipedia)   Valentino Rossi is a name synonymous with excellence on the motorbike track. Born in 1979, Rossi is already a legend in his sport and has shown a great talent for handling motorbikes from a very early age. Rossi's true debut in the World Championship Class 125 was made in 1996, when he won his first race. A year later the racer joined the Aprilia team and won his first world title. In 1998 Rossi started racing in the 250 class and that year
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
francesco totti
  Francesco Totti   "Il Capitano" (The Captain) is the nickname that Francesco Totti goes by among the supporters of A.S. Roma, but others in the soccer world often refer to him, in a mostly friendly manner, as "Er Pupone" (The Big Baby). Whatever you want to call Totti, one thing is certain, he is one of the best to ever have played the game of soccer (calcio). Born in Rome in 1976 and raised there, Totti grew up in the ranks of the A.S. Roma team and has only played
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
  Brittany Murphy - Ph. Rob & Jules on wikimedia   Many will remember Brittany Murphy from her tragic death, and the equally shocking passing of her husband not long after in similar circumstances. Still, fans of Brittany Murphy know that the actress also left behind a different kind of legacy—a resume of movies that touched and amused audiences even if her career was not yet fully developed. Brittany’s family name is Bertolotti, a clear reference to her Italian heritage,
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
mira sorvino
  Mira Sorvino - Ph. Nan Palmero on wikimedia   Pretty, a bit naïve, dated Quentin Tarantino, Mira Sorvino may not exactly seem like Harvard material... This perception could not be more wrong and this woman is anything but the bimbo made famous by Hollywood. She is in fact a Harvard graduate and is fluent in Mandarin and French, much more than can be said for many of her fellow actors. On the top of this, she has won an Oscar for her performance in "Mighty Aphrodite", in which
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Giacomo Agostini
Giacomo Agostini in 1968. Ph. Jac. de Nijs on wikimedia    Giacomo Agostini (b. Brescia 1942) is a legend in Italy for having won the most motorbike championships in history: a total of 15. These astonishing result arrived after winning 123 races. These numbers are doubly astonishing when one realizes that he raced in more than one category (and competed in more than one during the same season).   A true gentleman, Agostini recalls loving motors and racing
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
simona ventura
Simona Ventura (Photo from Wikipedia)   Simona Ventura stole the scene in Italian television, becoming a famous name and a bankable host for the networks. Ventura started her career with small appearances on local TV stations, like most in the business. Her first break came when she started working at Mediaset, and her public image gained more national exposure, exporting her from her native Turin. At Mediaset, she had some interesting jobs and developed as a host. She
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  Sofia Coppola. Ph. Thierry Garcia on wikicommons   When Sofia Coppola got married for the second time she chose a place that was quite significant, a clear message of just how much her family and its history has played an important role in the writer/director's life. For her wedding in August 2011 the Oscar winner chose the Italian town of Bernalda, the birthplace of her grandparents, as the site of her nuptials to rocker Thomas Mars, the father of her two
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
  Christina Ricci. Ph. Danielle Belton on flickr   Although she carries an Italian name, this former child star born in Santa Monica in 1980 actually doesn't consider herself Italian at all, preferring her Scottish/Irish heritage. However, her looks and name testify to the Italian side of her. In any case, Ricci is a talented actress, regardless of her roots and ethnicity.       She started acting at a young age, acting in many movies such as Mermaids with
Monday, July 13th, 2015
mario carotenuto
  Mario Carotenuto   Mario Carotenuto (1915-1995) was a Roman actor; an actor who with an expression or a glance would bring to life a certain Romanness that is typical of the streets of the Eternal City. He was never a major leading star like Alberto Sordi or Marcello Mastroianni, however in his supporting roles he contributed to the famous era of Italian cinema, particularly comedies, that even competed with Hollywood back in the 50s and 60s. Like any other
Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Aldo Giovanni Giacomo
Aldo, Giovanni & Giacomo   Italian cinema has been always labeled as intellectual and artistic, deep in its content and a benchmark for many filmmakers. Masters like De Sica and Rossellini created the neorealism that became worshipped by Hollywood and studied in every single film school in the world. Despite this claim to fame, the genre that has captured Italian moviegoers for decades, and lined the pockets of producers, is comedy. Italian comedies are a bit
Sunday, July 12th, 2015
lucio dalla
Lucio Dalla (wikimedia)   Lucio is a name evoking strong feelings in all Italian music lovers. Beside Dalla's, Lucio is also the first name of another great singer:  Lucio Battisti. Lucio Dalla was probably equal to Battisti himself when it came to defining the best of Italian pop music. Lucio Dalla was born in Bologna and has produced songs that have entertained several generations. Dalla's music has kept a level of integrity and a sense of respect
Saturday, July 11th, 2015
lucio battisti
Lucio Battisti (Photo from Wikipedia)   When Lucio Battisti died in 1998, the world of Italian music seemed to stop, with the entire country mourning a legend. Battisti was not just a singer, but a man who, through music and  composing, was able to bind emotionally together three generations. The end guitar of "Non e' Francesca" is an instrumental piece of genius, on a par with Jimi Hendrix's solos. Lucio's talent was of course supported by the extraordinary lyrics