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  • Facts & Stories
    Roberta Cutillo(December 24, 2019)
    Italians are a fairly superstitious people, especially when the new year comes around. Here are some seasonal traditions, beliefs and superstitions from across the country, ranging from the most common, such as eating lentils and wearing red, to rather unusual ones.
  • Dario Franceschini (blue tie), heads of state museums
    In trying to compile a list of the best and worst of Italy in 2017, the criteria is that both good, bad and ugly selections should reflect those happenings likely to bring lasting consequences.
  • Sicilian Lentil, Vegetable, and Pasta Soup
    Every country has its favorite customs to celebrate the New Year,including Italy. Insome places, old clothes, cracked dishes and even broken furnitureare tossed out the window at the stroke of twelve to symbolize clearing out the the old year and making way for the new. Anyone in Naples or Rome on New Year’s Eve should keep their eyes open to avoid bits of flying crockery or old socks.
  • Traditionalism is among the delights of Italy, where family and social customs that date back centuries continue to be honored. But even the most traditional society changes over time, and in 2016 Italy shows signs of coming of age in many respects, from civil unions to migrants and mascara.
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    Natasha Lardera(December 30, 2015)
    The latest data from Coldiretti, Italy's leading organization of farmers, says that for the end of year festivities 190 million bottles of Prosecco, bubbly made in Italy, will be uncorked all over the world. Coldiretti speaks of a record breaking amount of bottles: there has been an increase of 13% of bottles exported abroad only in the first nine months of 2015 as Prosecco has become Italy's sparkling wine that is most cherished outside of the country.
  • Op-Eds
    Judith Harrris(December 30, 2015)
    Premier Matteo Renzi says proudly that facts show that 2015 was "a good year, with Italy out of recession" and the Gross National Product (PIL in Italy) unexpectedly rising by 0.8% over 2014. Unemployment dropped from 12% to 11%, and more improvements are expected for 2016, though shadowy areas persist, from food to football.
  • Facts & Stories
    N. L.(December 27, 2015)
    Tips on how to invite money and fortune, on how to keep the evil spirits at bay and welcome the good, ones, what to wear, what to eat and do. Italians respect traditions not only because they work but also because they are cost effective.
  • The countdown to 2015 is upon us. It’s time to embrace the tradition and magic of the upcoming holidays in style! Italian style, that is! I know it can be hard to pick and choose among the endless variety of clothes the fashion world throws our way. So here are a few tips to help you navigate the aisles and give new meaning to the word “gift.”
  • In April of 2013 President Giorgio Napolitano had reluctantly agreed to re-election after warring politicians failed to agree upon a successor. Now 89, he told Italians in his ninth and final traditional New Year’s Eve address, “I believe I am no longer able to carry out my responsibilities. It is time to return to constitutional regularity. I did my best.” At this first formal confirmation of his forthcoming resignation, listeners were deeply moved, but also, judging from talk shows and tweets, surprisingly self-analytical.