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Saturday, February 18th, 2017
san galgano
San Galgano: the saint, the king and the sword   This is the story of the knight Galgano and how a vision made him renounce to wealth, war and women in name of a life of meditation and prayer. This is a story where faith, legend, history and literature merge in one intriguing tale, to the dénouement of which, in truth, we won’t be able to come.    The Abbey of Saint Galgano today. Ph. RennPanda on flickr (flic.kr/p/d51dny) ​ This is a story of Tuscan hills, hermits, abbeys and secluded chapels
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Sistine Chapel
Symbol of Rome, of the Vatican and of the Renaissance, the Sistine Chapel is without a doubt one of our capital's most beautiful treasures. Known for being one of Michelangelo's masterpieces and for hosting in secrecy and mystery papal elections – it's called "conclave," for those not into Vatican news! – the chapel's history is full of anecdotes, curiosities and extraordinary events: if it were a person, the Sistine Chapel would have some extraordinary tales for us to tell.   There are plenty
Thursday, December 29th, 2016
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni logo  Panorama This weekly magazine started in Milan in 1939, and it is the most read magazine in Italy. Its tone has been moderate and neutral, and for a long time it gave a nice window on Italian facts from a national point of view, without being locked into a local or parochial state of mind. After Silvio Berlusconi bought it and became the publisher, many journalists had issues working for him and went on strike several times. Unfortunately, in recent years the
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
italian books for Christmas
I'm a desperate bibliophile and everybody knows books make always a perfect present for me: I can't have enough and I read them all. What's not to love, in receiving a book? The shining beauty of a fresh cover, the comforting smell of paper and the promise of hours and hours spent far from everyday's worries and stress. All topped with the fact that, nevermind what you choose, a book always teaches you something, even when they're bad: if anything, they show you how not to write...    Books
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Read also:  Fun Facts about Italy 10 things about Italy you may not know   Fact one: Italy lacks in natural resources While Italy is a country rich in history, tradition, and charm, it might surprise you to learn that Italy lacks in some areas, namely natural resources. Italy relies almost wholly on outside sources for things like energy and in part, its food supply. Italy has no choice but to import almost all of its oil from foreign countries, and it has little nuclear
Sunday, November 27th, 2016
      Italian words of wisdom! (Benessere/Flickr)   Ne ammazza più la gola che la spada. Gluttony kills more than the sword. Greed kills more than the sword. Né di Venere né di Marte, non si sposa né si parte!  Never get married or travel on Fridays and Tuesdays. Nessuna nuova, buona nuova. No news is good news. Non c'e' rosa senza spine.  Every rose has its thorn. Non destare il can che dorme.  Let sleeping dog 
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
social rituals brindisi
If you are in Italy and you want to enjoy your holidays in a truly Italian style, you should get to know some habits, typical of when we Italians sit to eat and drink together: they may come handy especially if you are planning to spend time with the locals. As everyone knows, we are very fond of words... We like talking and we do so, in set phrases, also before starting a meal or a friendly drinking session: always keep these expressions in mind!    Buon appetito! Although saying "enjoy your
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
italian proverbs
Italians like to play with words and there are plenty of examples out there to show us so. Proverbi, sayings, still pepper conversations and are used quite profusely by older and younger generations alike. You'll recognize some of them, as they are common in English, too. Others, you may find a bit more original.   Let's take a look at a few of the most famous!   How many Italian proverbs do you know?     Donne e motori Gioie e dolori. Women and
Monday, October 31st, 2016
horror museums Italy
When this time of the year comes, my obsession with the gruesome and the scary gets harder to contain than usual. Thankfully, at least during these weeks, I can satisfy it even while working, through the creation of articles such as this: I wrote about haunted castles, haunted houses, haunted tours and frightful locations to visit while in Italy. Today, I will introduce you to four of the most unsettling and spookiest museums in the country.    In case you need some trivia to tell around the
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Nobel Laureate Dario Fo   Nobel prize-winning Italian playwright and actor Dario Fo died Thursday morning in Milan, a groundbreaking leftist political satirist who won a Nobel Prize and wrote against power until the very end.   One of his last works was a book-length interview with Giuseppina Manin that was released on March 24 this year in honor of his 90th birthday entitled 'Dario e Dio' ('Dario and God', published by Guanda), in which he quoted Voltaire in saying that "God is the greatest
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
most important italian newspapers
Following is a list and brief description of the most important newspapers in Italy.    Corriere Della Sera This is considered the most prestigious newspaper in Italy. Founded in Milan in 1876 it has been the home of some of the finest pens in Italy and has always kept a certain neutrality. Published by RCS, it belongs to some of the most powerful groups in the Italian financial universe, including Fiat, Mediobanca, and Della Valle. Besides journalists, many poets and novelists have found
Friday, October 7th, 2016
italy historical hotel
I don't know about you, but I love spending time in hotels: the simple idea of not having to worry about cleaning around cheers me up and don't even get me started about queen size beds and room service. I admit I don't get the chance to stay at hotels often: when I travel I usually sleep at family and friends', but I do end up using them quite a bit when I fly, especially when I have very early flights, in which case I rather go to the airport the evening before and stay at one of the hotels
Monday, October 3rd, 2016
bialetti
Bialetti and the tradition of coffee in Italy   To many, there is nothing more Italian than making a cup of coffee. We are a nation of coffee lovers and connoisseurs and the world knows it well: to we Italians, making coffee is not a gesture, it is a ritual, a moment of sheer pleasure and relax. When it comes to coffee, no one is as picky and demanding as we are, even if there are countries in the world consuming more coffee than us.   L'Omino  coi Baffi: symbol of Bialetti since 1953 (
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
tower of Pisa
A bunch of weeks ago, one of our articles dedicated to curious facts about the Colosseum became quite popular on Lifeinitaly's Facebook page. As it seems our readers have a keen interest in knowing more, little known facts about Italy's most recognizable monuments, we decided to dedicate a few lines to another very popular Italian landmark, the leaning tower of Pisa.   Symbol itself of the tuscan town, the tower of Pisa has become synonym with Italian art, its peculiar inclination making it all
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
most important italian newspapers
Italian newspapers. Ph. Samuele Ghilardi on flickr (flic.kr/p/b4nGtB)   Il Fatto Quotidiano One of the youngest Italian newspapers, Il Fatto Quotidiano was founded in 2009 by Antonio Padellaro; since 2015 the editor is Marco Travaglio, one of the most pungent Italian journalists. It claims to be independent, as its only income is from sales and advertising, while most other Italian newspapers also get public money.      La Nazione Of course as one the most important cities in Italy and
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
italian newspapers
  Italian newspapers on display. Ph. assillo on flickr (flic.kr/p/iMw8js)   Il Secolo XIX This Genoa newspaper was founded in 1886, and it traditionally keeps a position that is very moderate and closer to the center. It introduced the six-page format when most papers had four and in recent years was also among the first newspapers to adopt color printing. Due to its local concentration of readers, although very respected for its history, it doesn't always get the national attention that it
Monday, September 5th, 2016
biblioteche italiane
I wonder how many people think of spending a bit of time in a library when they're in Italy. Of course, I'm not talking about your average small town affair, filled with tattered 1960s editions of the classics and a bunch of recent best sellers. No, nothing like that.    I'm talking about ceiling-high bookshelves, carved wood reading tables and frescoed walls. I'm, more than anything else, talking about scents: those of old paper, of ink drying on parchments, of the poignant sense of awe
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Ernest Hemingway and Italian food
When, in 1954, Hemingway stood in the baroque haughtiness of Piazza Galimberti, in Cuneo, he was already a famous personality in Italy and everywhere else in the world. His permanence in this algid north western piedmontese city, shaped by the Romans (it has the typical urban structure of a castrum, the ancient Romans' military camp, where all streets are perpendicular to each other), crowned by the Alps, was only a few hours long, just the time to try out something his editor in Milan,
Friday, August 5th, 2016
La Scala Milano
Il Teatro del Mondo Third of August 1778: it is a warm evening in Milan, but a breeze of novelty makes the air sparkle with expectation.   The iconic Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, celebrates its 238th birthday (Lorenzoclick/Flickr flic.kr/p/rfefTZ)   Young Antonio Salieri, already official composer of the imperial court in Vienna, stands alone in the middle of the stage, the fragrant scent of fresh wood parquet filling his nostrils while he breathes in the excitement for the hours to come.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
traditional dances italy
If you were a teenager in the 80s and 90s, you'd certainly remember many disco music successes, most of them associated to a dancing style: famous steps and gestures, in vogue in the trendiest clubs of the country. Those years have passed and, with them, also the way we used to dance. Yes: what was contemporary then is outdated now and, it is guaranteed, what is trending today, will be very likely forgotten in 12 months. However, there are some type of music and dancing styles that remain, and
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
italian inventions
Think of Italy: beautiful landscapes, incredible art, delectable wines and food. Life-changing inventions are not among the first things springing to mind, right?  Yet, incredible minds were born in the country and they all contributed to the evolution of science, technology, the art: in other words, they contributed to make the way we live today... the way it is. Let us take a look.   One of Leonardo's drawings for a flying machine. He is also behind the invention of the
Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Italian toast
Of course every country has a way to say it and it is really one of the first words you learn when living in a new place. Cheers! Yes, that little special series of letters synonym with gaiety, conviviality and, if far enough into a good night out, even with a bit of a spinning head and uncontrollable laughter. Living in Ireland, I got used to the ubiquitous "sláinte," with my German mates has always been "prost." In 2006, when Italy won the World Cup, my Slovak neighbor knocked at the door
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
loveitaly
Crowdfunding has become a favored way to gather money for artistic projects, charity and pretty much anything one can think of. The way it works is simple, as the majority of you probably knows: you make your project public on one of the many crowdfunding platforms around, explaining in detail how you are planning to work, and set a goal sum to reach. If your idea is worthy and you manage to make enough publicity to raise interest around it, people can donate money towards it, in amount usually
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Sure, this is not the first article of its kind: a very recent one appeared on the Rai News webpage and was penned by the author of a popular column on the  Babbel's language learning website, Ed. M. Wood, who chose words both for their meaning and phonetics. Wood's words are, indeed, pretty beautiful indeed, and they made me think about my language a bit. As a linguist, I just love them all, really, but of course I do have a soft spot for mine. In fact, I happen to be one of those people who
Friday, April 1st, 2016
april fool's day italy
  An angry... pesce d'Aprile! Ph. flickr/Zelda-Bratan   April Fool's day is known in Italy as pesce d'aprile. No matter the name every culture gives to this day, the purpose of it is common worldwide and a lot of countries celebrate it, including Italy.     Il pesce d'aprile, April Fools'day, is celebrated on April 1st and it is a day during which Italians, too, have the custom of playing practical  jokes on friends and relatives, following the ancient
Monday, March 7th, 2016
women's day italy
 March 8 - Women's Day   Mimosa, the flower of Women's Day in Italy Ph. flickr/hexion   The 8th of March is International Women’s Day and Italian men are going to celebrate it with the traditional gift of yellow mimosas to Italy’s lovely women.   This civil holiday was born as a political event, and over the course of years blended into the culture of many countries, to the point that in some celebrations, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco died on the 19th of February, at the age of 84: a huge loss for Italy's – and the world's – cultural panorama. Semiologist, novelist and philosopher, his works on Medieval Aesthetics and Scholastics have been used by generations of medievalists (yours truly included) to get in touch with the times and ideas of those centuries.   Umberto Eco (wikimedia)   Known by the wider public for his novels – especially his 1980  best seller, Il Nome della Rosa, which he later declared not to
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
UNESCO intangible cultural heritage
Lifeintaly has often dedicated articles to Italy's UNESCO sites (check the bottom of this page for links!): UNESCO's list is not only important because it makes the beauties of the world known, but also because sites within it are often entitled to receive financial support for their upkeeping and preservation, as cited on the UNESCO website itself.    Opera dei Puppi di Alcamo (wikimedia) What many may not be aware of is that UNESCO does not only protect works of art and architecture or
Friday, January 8th, 2016
pinocchio
  'Se dici le bugie ti si allunga il naso come a Pinocchio': if you lie, your nose will grow longer, just like Pinocchio's! This is a famous phrase uttered by parents so often and so commonly that every Italian has heard it at least once during their childhood. The famous character was created by Carlo Lorenzini, most commonly known as Carlo Collodi; its story is known everywhere in the country - and abroad - and it is one of the best known and loved Italian fairytales.  
Friday, December 18th, 2015
  Italy is by many considered a very romantic country, where people decide to spend time with their partner. Some Italian towns and cities are truly special for those in love, also because they have been the backdrop to some of the most famous historic, literary and legendary love stories of all times. Whether real or not, every Italian knows the names of these lovers, some of them famous because sang by our poets, others simply because they automatically spring to
Friday, December 18th, 2015
italian flag
Can you remember off-hand the colors of the Italian flag ? Think of 10 countries whose flags you know... most probably Italy is among them.  The Italian flag owes it notoriety to  all the Italian food places selling pizza, pasta, gelato that have 'invaded' the world. It is strange because Italians are not as proud of their flag as Americans are of the Stars & Stripes. You will very rarely see a house in Italy with the flag on the front porch, but I think
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
taste of italy
  I lived abroad for fifteen years, and the taste of Italy, I certainly missed. During this time, I have learnt a lot about my country. Yes, because for some mysterious trick of the mind, it is always when you are far from a place or from someone that you truly begin to know them: does that not happen to lovers as well, sometimes? Anyway: fifteen years away from Italy, fifteen years where I learnt to look at it more objectively. It is hard, because right now, one may think that the cons of
Monday, November 30th, 2015
English and Italian
That I love the English language comes without saying: I graduated in English literature, I got both my masters degree and my doctorate writing in this language and, today, I work mostly through English. I read the news and a great deal of books in English, too, and I still speak it very much on a daily basis on the phone or Skype with my non-Italian friends.    More and more Italians use English words while speaking, but are they necessary? (pop/flickr) That, when it comes to knowing English
Friday, November 20th, 2015
italian signs
Whether you're a regular here or landed on this page after looking for something fun to read, you clearly like Italy – I mean, you wouldn't have googled something on the lines of "funny Italian things" or "Italian habits" otherwise, right?! Be aware that having a soft spot for Italy can be dangerous because you may find yourself turning into one of us in the long run: if you already have Italian blood running in your veins and witnessed first hand the joys and pains of growing up in an Italian
Friday, November 20th, 2015
italian family
  The stereotyped image of the large and traditional Italian family, with more than six children, is just an old memory. In fact, in the last thirty years the structure of the Italian family has dramatically changed from the traditional model we were used to see in old movies. In the past, Italian families, especially those of the South, were made up of a lot of children and they were patriarchal units where women usually didn't work. In the last 100 years, the evolution of the
Friday, November 20th, 2015
north and south
  There is an infamous rivalry between the north and south of Italy. But which one really has the edge when it comes to sightseeing, romantic city breaks, the best beaches and mouth-watering food? If you have planned an early holiday, Venice Carnival is certainly a highlight of the first months of the year, but the electric atmosphere of Saint Rosalia's celebrations in Palermo should also not be missed. It's hard to top the incredible statues and monuments of Rome, but what about the
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
old fashioned games
  A glittery scubidù (Paul Downey/flickr)   Once upon a time, Italians used to play games that no longer exist; these games were often played in the streets, safer then, as there was little traffic and other types of dangers. Friends' houses, bars or circoli – clubs – were the most common places where people met and gathered to entertain themselves and spend their free time. These games had been played for centuries, generation after generation, before technology
Friday, September 18th, 2015
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 Maria Franzoni, who was
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
unresolved mysteries italy
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 new
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
rude italian
Every culture is a world of its own. Verbal communication and day to day way of life are the true expression of what the culture of a certain place is like.       However, some behaviors could be misunderstood and considered inappropriate, as we tend to view them through the lenses of our own culture. We should understand, though,  that things might be different in another place and that many times a particular habit we consider rude, may not be such for people with
Monday, August 24th, 2015
italian cities abroad
We can thank history for it   Roman soldiers entertaining tourists off a balcony of the ancient Palace of Diocletian in Split, Croatia (Paolo Nascimbeni)   Once upon a time, starting from the Romans up to the glorious days of the Repubbliche Marinare, Italy was a world-dominating country: it was its culture, of course, and its flair for artistic expression and beauty, but it was also its economical and political power. Once upon a time, Italy was known for its strength on the seas, for the
Monday, August 24th, 2015
italian cities abroad
The first part of this article ( Italian cities outside Italy I ) was dedicated to famous towns and cities in Europe with Italian ties because founded by the Romans and by the Savoias, the Italian royal family. We've learnt about the Roman origins of London and Paris and about how a strong Savoia influence is found in the architecture and the history of places like Nice and Chambéry.  Here, we'll focus on the vestiges of the Genoese and the Venetian hegemony  upon the Thyrrenian and the
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
italians
The real 21 point Guide to travelling and surviving in Italy. A good understanding of the country along with some simple suggestions will help you make the most of your trip and give you an insight into the fascinating Italian approach to life.   Ah... Italy... (Nino"Eugene" La Pia/flickr) 1) TIME: kick off your shoes, throw away your watch... everything is relative. Whilst much improved over the recent years, trains, buses and people work on an "approximate"
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
italian books
Ideally, the Summer is a time to unwind. Of course, it's not always like that, but we're all more likely to take it easy when it's hotter than when it snows, right? And, in the end, most of us do get their yearly vacation in the Summer months, so let's leave it at that: yes, the Summer *is* a time to unwind.    Reading is the quintessence of relaxation, or so we think here at lifeinitaly, so what's better than enjoying some well-deserved rest while feeding your love and interest for all that is
Friday, June 5th, 2015
Italian facts
Ten Facts you may not know about Italy   The weather is getting nicer and nicer and when Summer is in the air we all feel like to read light and breezy things: here is an easy peasy piece about some (possibly) unknown facts about Italy and its people.     Art, Nature and Science   1. Italy has the highest number of beaches in Europe You thought it was Spain? Or Greece? No. It's us. Italy has a coastline of  7400 km (4600 miles). Sandy or rocky, on the Tyrrenian, Meditteranean or Adriatic sea,
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
father's day in italy
The lyrics of an Italian song  play a motif celebrating the mum: Viva la mamma (Hurrah for the mother)! Always present in texts, poems and Italians' days who are often defined as 'mammoni', mamma's boys, she certainly plays a key role in everyone's life. However, dads is also appreciated and there is no better occasion than the Father's day.   This day is celebrated all over the world but the dates of this anniversary change according to the country even if the aim of
Friday, January 9th, 2015
italian stereotypes
  An old saying maintains that Italians are a nation of poets, sailors and lovers: well, there is nothing quite as stereotyped as that, yet, even in this, one finds a grain of truth. Italy did give birth to some of the most influential literary and artistic movements: think of Dante and Guido Cavalcanti's Dolce Stil Novo, which set literary standards in Europe for the whole of the Middle Ages, not to speak of the Renaissance, the cultural and artistic influence of which we
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
culture in Italy
Leonardo's Helicopter   When it comes to culture and the arts, there is not a field in which Italy has not exercised a profound influence. From music to literature, from architecture to visual arts and sculpture, from medicine to natural sciences and technology, the history of Italy has shown the weight of the country in each of these fields.   Italy  may be fighting against political instability, lack of employment and the rising of the brain drain phenomenon, but the
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
salone internazionale del gusto
  Turin barely needs to scrub up for a  date: she is magnificent, no matter what. She is haughty, self assured and confident, aware of her charms and beauty, even when she wakes up after a night of debauchery and too little sleep. An old time tempress, Turin gets me every time: as a moody teenager, when I started university, I could not stand her, then, just as it happens so often when you fall in love, she bewitched me and I was lost.    ...and here is why: from the popular BBC series Italy
Monday, October 20th, 2014
death in Italy
Death and Mourning in Italy: a View of the Monumental Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, from  the Early 1900s (wikimedia.org)   Italians celebrate life with verve but how do they deal with death? Is it in the same practical, but lively manner? When I visited the cemetery in Belgirate, a small village on Lake Maggiore, I was very impressed. It was extremely well kept - the grass was carefully mown and there was no sign of a weed anywhere. Even more impressive were the graves, which
Monday, September 29th, 2014
handicraft in italy
  Giuseppe's shop, where he makes by hand baskets and other stuff In Omignano, in the heart of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, you'll find the workshop of Giuseppe Giuliani, who creates hand-made baskets of various types, ropes, mats, fans, hats, necklaces, slingshots, troccole (popular musical instruments that are rotated) and gourds used as musical instruments.   The troccola, a musical instrument handmade by Giuseppe   The techniques are those used for generations in
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
new latin lover
  Casanova, the first Italian latin lover (image from Wikipedia)   The Latin lover is a stereotype that stretches back for centuries. Italians are known as a passionate race—they live and laugh and love in a big way, and they enjoy the finest things in life, from sumptuous food to gorgeous women and men. Many North Americans admire the fire that flows through the veins of Italians and there has been many a woman who has travelled to Italy to find her own Latin
Friday, June 1st, 2012
See more fun facts about Italy in our Potpourri section Italian brunetteColorful, rich, bold, romantic; Italy is all this and more. Historically rich, Italy is a cornerstone of today's western culture. Agriculturally rich, the Italian countryside is a prolific producer of fruit, vegetables, and livestock. Culturally rich, Italy has produced the world's best in art, architecture, music and literature. But Italy's greatest wealth is its people: the gregarious, charming, Italians that seem to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Cultural conventions on the use of honorific titles in Italian Language allows the transmission of cultural information and it gives the opportunity to pose questions on some uses which belong to a certain nation. In fact, by analyzing some expressions typical of a language, we can understand a lot about what a culture gives importance to, its history and the mentality of that particular culture. Through the use of some linguistic forms we can understand to which extent Italians give
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Australia has been heavily influenced by its many Italian immigrants and Australians of Italian descents. Italians are the third largest ethnic group in the country and Italian is the third most commonly spoken language. Since Italian immigration began in the 1850's, there have been many successful Italian-Australians in all areas of life, and Italians have influenced our food and our culture. Some of our best known and most distinguished actors are of Italian-Australian descent, such as
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Notte bianca in Italy: a special sleepless night   The Italian expression notte bianca is literally translated in English as 'white night' and it  usually refers to a sleepless night. It is not a case, then, this term has been chosen to name an event that takes place in almost every part of Italy. Small towns, big towns, wherever you go to, the notte bianca seems an ubiquitous appointment. What is the notte bianca The notte bianca is a special night celebrated in some Italian towns
Friday, June 1st, 2012
In this section of Life in Italy, you will find articles and information about Italian culture in today's Italy. The many Italian gifts to mankind are not confined to museums and history books. Italians and Italian pop culture continue to shape the modern world. From cinema to fashion, motorsports to popular music, Italy is always on the cutting edge. Below are links to subcategories on Italian pop culture, including the latest news from Italy. Be sure to also visit our section on Classic
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lega Nord
What is Lega Nord?   Italy has been one of the cradles of culture and democracy, and we, its people, believe in freedom of thought and expression more than anybody else, as far as it doesn't hurt our fellows' freedom and self respect. The Lega Nord has been marching for decades now on the thin edge of political negligence and anti-constitutionalism. European countries are often negatively surprised by the racist use of language the Lega recurs to, and by the absence of 'tolerance'
Friday, June 1st, 2012
La Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice, the famous ancient Marine Republics (Repubbliche Marinare), are the protagonists of a historical rivalry on the water. This rivalry continues today with a famous competition held at sea, which is called the Regata delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare or the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics.   The Event Mirro Chiaverini, from Pisa, and Francesco Amodio, from Amalfi, can be considered the founders of this
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Con niente non si fa niente. With nothing you can make nothing. You can't make something from nothing. Del senno di poi (ne) son piene le fosse. Ditches are full of hindsight. Detto fatto. Said & done. Dopo la pioggia viene il bel tempo. After the rain comes good weather. Every cloud has a silver lining. Fermo come una statua. Still as a statue. Fidarsi e' bene, non fidarsi e' megio. To trust is good, not to trust is better. Gli estremi si toccano. Extremes
Friday, June 1st, 2012
General Italian Culture   Leonardo Helicopter Classic Italian culture covers many genres; however there is much about Italian culture that cannot be so easily categorized. Find out about the more subtle aspects of the Italian psyche. In this section you can learn interesting facts about the Italian nation, its cultural heritage and about the Italian people.  
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian newspapers have reported two cases of young people, aged 14 and 15 years old, that required medical assistance after falling in an alcoholic coma. Unfortunately, these are not isolated cases. A recent report released by the Italian institute for statistics, ISTAT, painted a dire picture of the situation. The majority of Italians consume alcohol during meals and on social occasions. Over eight and half million Italians drink on a daily basis. The numbers regarding young drinkers are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Map of Italy and its regions   Numbers of Italy   The Italian nation is made up of sixteen regions and four autonomous zones, each one unique in its own way. The Italian peninsula is also home to two microstates, Vatican City and San Marino.   Slowly, in a process known as the Risorgimento, these regions became incorporated into what would become the modern nation of Italy in 1861. The new nation adopted a tri-color flag of red, white and green based upon the French
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Classic Italian Culture Statue Bernini Part of the allure of Italy and Italian culture is the sense of timelessness. Rome is the Eternal City where the ancient rubs shoulders with the present, Venice serenely passes the centuries amid its slowly sinking  palazzi. The art and science of the Renaissance  is still alive and visible in Florence while Vatican City's Sistine Chapel is as vibrant as the day Michelangelo's paint dried. In this section you will find links to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The latest item on the ever-growing CV of the great Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci, is that he also wrote fiction. A fittingly beautiful book of ten fables by Leonardo da Vinci is to be published in February, 2011 by Roseheart Publishing, USA.   Discovered in the back of Leonardo's notebooks by author Ed Tasca were several wonderful ideas and annotations for fables, which the great man never completed. Tasca, an American of Italian descent, rescued them and fleshed out the ideas in a