In the mountains of northern Italy, the tiny Colline di Canossa creamery still follows a centuries-old tradition to turn milk from local herds into the finest Parmesan.
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The world’s first ceramic board art museum reproducing masterpieces in its original dimension using ceramic boards.
In the Otsuka Museum of Art, the fact that nothing in its entire collection of art is original is part of the charm. The museum in northeastern Japan houses over a thousand replicas of iconic art works: Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and a full-size reproduction of the Sistine Chapel. [...]
Friends of Italy: what do you think about this Museum?
Here is the list of my very favorite books that get me so excited for Italy I can hardly stand myself. Some are purely entertaining, a few historical, one just for cooking, and of course my best guides. Grab one, pour yourself a glass of vino and get dreaming. [...]
Italy 2014 Rick Steves
100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should go by Susan Van Allen
La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales
Too Much Tuscan Sun by Dario Castagno
The Hills of Tuscany by Ferenc Mate
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Under the Tuscan Sun & Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
Italian Affair by Laura Fraser
As the Romans Do by Alan Epstein
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi
A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena de Blasi
La Bella Figura by Beppe Severgnini
The Broker by John Grisham
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King
Savoring Italy by Michele Scicolone
Pizza Hut went to Italy to get the pizza experts’ take on our new menu. All we can say is... they barely tried our pizzas and they don’t like change. [...]
Pizza Hut has just started a major rebranding effort. Headlined the “Flavor of Now,” the campaign aims to give a much-needed boost to Pizza Hut’s U.S. business by wooing customers with dozens of new pizza options. The best of the lot is probably the one set in Sorrento, where we watch as a bunch of older Italian people express shock, indignation, and just plain confusion at a variety of Pizza Hut’s new pizza offerings. “Participants were paid, but still don't like change” [source]
You are the star,” said Alvise Di Giulio, my guide and driver, as we climbed into a hot pink vintage Fiat 500F, to begin our tour of Rome. I wasn’t sure about that, but as the shiny little motor pulled away from the kerb we certainly drew lots of attention. Soon many heads turned our way and cameras were almost reflexively pointed at the car. Even when we drove past St Peter's Basilica, a group of tourists turned their heads away from the landmark to take a quick snap of my vintage ride.[...]
On November 17, Santa Croce and TF launched a crowdfunding campaign to restore the loggia of the Pazzi Chapel—an area in front of the chapel, open on three sides with a series of arches.
The medieval and the modern merge in this ambitious project to raise 95,000 dollars in just 31 days using the world's largest crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter: in fact, this is the first ever Kickstarter campaign by a major Florentine cultural institution to raise funds for a restoration. [...]
The olive harvest 2014 is going down as the worst harvest in a century with Italy losing the majority of its crop. But why?
A combination of bad weather (very mild winter 2013/14 followed by a rainy summer) has led to Italy's most disastrous olive harvest of the century. Right, the century is still young, but we can only pray that we'll never have to see our grove looking as miserable as this autumn until the end of it. To explain what I'm talking about here some facts and figures from the last three olive harvests in our Tuscan grove and the resulting yield of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO):
In 2012 we picked 542 kg of olives and pressed 74 kg of EVOO (yield 13%).
In 2013 we picked 713 kg of olives and pressed 78 kg of EVOO (yield 11%).
In 2014 we picked 90 kg of olives and pressed 8 kg of EVOO (yield 9%).
New concept offering luxury rooms in ancient dwellings keeps ancient beautiful villages from falling into ruin.
Kihlgren, an Italian-Swedish businessman, has since made it his life's mission to rescue such crumbling villages by turning them into high-end resorts that blend in with their surroundings. [...]
Are you a real Friend of Italy? Help restore Pazzi Chapel's loggia, a 15th Century structure built by Brunelleschi now needs your help! Follow #CrazyForPazzi on social media too!
Thanks to modern day technology, you can be anywhere in the world and save a 500+ year old loggia. This in not ANY loggia. It belongs to the Pazzi Chapel which sits to the right of the largest Franciscan church in the world—the awe-inspiring Basilica di Santa Croce. [...]
During the 16th century Renaissance, Filippo Negroli (ca. 1510–1579) worked under his father Gian Giacomo in the family workshop in Milan along with his brothers Francesco and working on ornate parade armour for some esteemed clients including Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Guidobaldo II della Rovere.
The Negroli workshop created classically inspired parade armours all'antica embossed in high relief, richly gilt and damascened in gold and silver. [...]
Setting out from Arezzo, we travel south to the very famous hilltop town and one I have always wanted to visit, Montepulciano. we have a tour of the town lined up before a very special meeting with the Count of Montepulciano in his 1000 year old cellars followed by dinner with his wines matched to each course.
Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and comune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. It sits high on a 605-metre (1,985 ft) limestone ridge, 13 kilometres (8 mi) east of Pienza, 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Siena, 124 kilometres (77 mi) southeast of Florence, and 186 kilometres (116 mi) north of Rome by car. [...]
Italy is home to the Cittaslow movement which combines “Slow Food” with the art of leisurely good living. As delectable dining is one of the great joys of Italy, make time to discover at least one or two of the network’s 70 small towns.
Most Cittaslow communities come with historic treasures, but the big attraction is their strong sense of identity and spirit of place. To be accredited, they must have less than 50,000 inhabitants. With an emphasis on regional recipes, traditional agricultural practices and seasonal local produce, it’s an authentic taste of Italy guaranteed to make your tastebuds zing. [...]
Rich splendor of Italy's Renaissance, Ferrara, is a place loved for the tranquility of the historic center, in part pedestrian, for its cycling paths on the ancient walls and for its green areas that make the city pleasant to live.Cesena, instead, is a little city with an important historic center, which lies at the foot of the Savio valley, on the east coast of Italy. [...]
Exploring Italy's most remote and romantic stretch of Riviera, we visit five tiny port towns: dramatic Vernazza, surrounded by vineyards; reclusive Corniglia, high on its bluff; pastel Manarola; hardscrabble Riomaggiore; and the pint-sized resort of Monterosso. Fishing for anchovies, sipping wine out of rustic barrels, and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, we enjoy the ultimate Riviera adventure.
Sarah Jessica Parker has been in the Italian capital to film All roads lead to Rome and in her free time she has enjoyed all the magic that this city has to offer, sharing food and suggestions on her social networks. If you want to relive Carrie's Roman Holiday click on the photo
To celebrate the publication of the 2013 edition of Italy's beer guide, Donald Strachan hunts out alternative alcohol in the wine hills of Tuscany, where microbreweries are booming [...]
Here are the author's top five Tuscan beer haunts:
Boutique hotel specialist Mr & Mrs Smith announces the winners of its 2014 awards.
Boutique hotel specialist Mr & Mrs Smith asked paying guests around the world to vote for the hotel they thought should claim the award in each of 12 categories, and more than 22,000 people had their say. From those votes, a top 10 shortlist for each category was compiled and winners and runners-up were chosen by experts in the relative fields.
The inaugural winner of the Eco Award, Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is like no other; this boutique bolthole occupies a previously abandoned village in the Apennines, converted with the help of local craftsmen into one of Europe's most unique stays. The buildings were restored using authentic methods, resulting in rooms retaining the best bits of their 16th-century simplicity but benefiting from the most mod of cons. The dimly lit and atmospheric rooms are minimalist and medieval, with working fireplaces, stone walls and wooden doors. [...]
The houses of Irsina, a small town close to Matera, look like they have been washed by the sea and dried by the wind. From this village of not even 4 thousand souls, nestled on top of a 500 meters high hill it is impossible to see the Ionian Sea yet its presence can be felt in the brackish breeze which carries the smell of olive trees. [...]
Found further south than the fabled Amalfi Coast, the Cilento Coast may just be Italy at its finest, says Maura Henry. And the glorious ruins of Paestum can give Pompeii a run for its money.
This is one of the more secluded parts of Campania and all the better for it. Porcelain sandy beaches, clear waters (Positano boasts neither of these), meals for the price of an Amalfi sundowner, no American tourists - and our very own castle. [...]
Naples is like Rio de Janeiro. It's like Caracas. You get the best and the worst. There's no in between.
Previously tarnished by associations with litter and crime, this seductive seaside city is cleaning up its act. [...]
The new edition of the Red brings 27 new starred and only two new entries - The Little Prince of Viareggio and the Taverna Estia of Brusciano - between bistellati. Matthew Baronet gives the Exchange the first star, satisfaction for Andrea Berton, Matteo Lorenzini and Thomas Verni (Three Moons Calenzano) and the Capital for two new young starred Marco Martini Station Post and Lele Usai Tino di Ostia.
Lombardy to confirm its leadership as the region with the most starry signs, well 58. Tuscany is the most dynamic region, with seven new, but also the Campania holds its own and is recorded, along with England, the highest number of two stars.
The stars Capitoline confirmation increasingly competitive.
In the South, a star for the Savior's name , that only a year has been able to shine the kitchen of Mamma Capri, under the wing of Gennaro Esposito. [...]