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 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
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
francis ford coppola
Francis Ford Coppola (Photo from Wikipedia)   When you are director of films like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now your work and reputation pretty much speak for themselves. Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most famous moviemakers of his time, a man who has been able to keep artistic integrity while creating movies that are also commercially successful. From Coppola's early work--like The Conversation--to his masterpiece, The Godfather, a movie he was called in to direct after
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
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
  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
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
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