FIPE, the Italian service industry Federation, reports that Italian restaurants did well during the recent New Years Eve celebrations, despite the financial crisis.

Posted on 15 Jan 2009 by Editor


Comune di Civitella d'Agliano
Coat of arms of Comune di Civitella d'Agliano


Already present in the UNESCO list of intangibile world heritage features with its Sicilian pupi (puppets) and the Sardinian shepherds exclusive a tenore singing, Italy is now preparing to candidate a series of folklore events, including the Viareggio Carnival, the Palio of Siena, the Master Lute-makers School of Cremona and a number of major historic festivals.

Posted on 11 Jan 2009 by Editor

Istituto Nazionale Tumori | "Fondazione Pascale"

 The Pascal Institute of Naples, specialising in cancer research, has launched an unorthodox fund-raising calendar involving its doctors and specialists, who appear on its pages posing as magicians and fortune-tellers.

Posted on 08 Jan 2009 by Editor


Epiphany (6th January) is traditionally the day when Italian children receive gifts from a kindly old witch known as the Befana (a corruption of the word Epifania).

Posted on 04 Jan 2009 by Editor

  Auguri di Buon Natale, che sia ricco d'amore, di gioia e di Pace ...



 For the past four Christmas, the Wishing Tree has greeted passengers and visitors to Rome Termini Station. The tree started off as an ordinary Xmas Tree  one of several that decorate the foyer and entrance hall of the city main railway station, but then, quite spontaneously, people began to pin scribbled notes on to the lower branches. First, it was mainly children, with their lists of wishes for Babbo Natale (Santa Claus), but now the tree is submerged with the hopes and wishes of passengers of all ages and nationalities. Some are from students begging Babbo Natale to help them pass their exams or to find a job, while lovelorn teenagers pray for divine intercession to make Roberto notice me or convince Giulia to come back to meť. Others, on a more serious note, beg for good health or to be healed from an illness. A grandmother prays that her grandchildren will always be safe and well and there is even someone who hopes for a good government.The Wishing Tree seemed to us an appropriate symbol to convey our personal wishes to all our readers for good health, tranquillity and prosperity  - in short, every conceivable good thing  for this Christmas and the coming New Year.

Signed: Julia Davidson, Margaret Stenhouse, Harry Reid, Antonio Rigillo and all our editorial staff.





Posted on 20 Dec 2008 by Editor


Il governo dice sì al Parco Nazionale dell'isola di Pantelleria ...


0ne of the few remaining examples of the unique circular walled gardens of the Sicilian island of Pantelleria has been saved for posterity by Donna Fugata, one of Sicily top winegrowers.

Posted on 20 Dec 2008 by Editor

Italy is synonymous with the fine arts and its world-famous painting and sculpture galleries. Lesser well-known are the numerous museums dedicated to its rich industrial and crafts heritage. The Italian Touring Club has recently published a guide book entitled Turismo Industriale in Italia, listing a vast variety of museums large and small documenting this fundamental aspect of Italian life.

Some examples of places of interest include: the Galleria Ferrari, Maranello, near Modena, resplendent with its mythical racing car models, trophies and photographs, as well as the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum at Arese (Milan) exhibiting some of the companys finest cars dating from 1910 to the present day, the Guglielmo Tabacchi Safila Gallery at Padua, specialised in examples of spectacles and optical instruments from the Middle Ages onwards, the shoe paradise of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Palazzo Spini Feroni, Florence, with over 10,000 pairs of shoes designed and produced by the celbrated footwear manufacturer and cocktail king Martini & Rossis Museum at Pessione di Chieri, near Turin.

Other industrial gems include the National Railway Museum (Naples), the Barilla pasta manufacturers historic archive (Parma), the Fiat Archive and Historical Centre (Turin), the Olivetti typewriter and calculator Historic Archive (Ivrea) and the Alessi Museum with a display of its innovative designs in household objects (Crusinallo di Omegna, near Verbania).  

For information:

Posted on 13 Dec 2008 by Editor
Murano - Cosa vedere a Murano e come arrivare


The Island of Murano in the Venice lagoon has been famous for its glass creations for centuries.


For information: Tel (0039)(041)2737711  www.nataledivetro,com

Posted on 11 Dec 2008 by Editor

Napoli sul tetto del mondo: Il Teatro San Carlo è il più bello del ...

 Naples celebrated San Carlo opera house is to undergo a vast three-year restyling operation.

Posted on 07 Dec 2008 by Editor

Relais Todini – Antico Maniero nel cuore dell'Umbria, a Todi


For a taste of gracious living in Umbria, Italy Green Heart, the charming Relais Todini near Todi (Perugia) offers 8 luxury rooms and 4 suites in a country mansion dating back to the 14 th century and owned by the Todini family.


Posted on 03 Dec 2008 by Editor

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