Discover Campobasso’s Festival of the Mysteries

Dressing the ingegni

Every June, locals stage a mesmerising event that’s become a cultural staple for the town of Campobasso in Molise, writes Val Nicastro… Here I am sitting at a table with complete strangers I only met five minutes ago while looking out of the window of my B&B. They gestured for me to join their little […]

Italia! Women: Matilda of Canossa

Matilda of Canossa

Matilda of Canossa, Countess of Tuscany, left a legacy of church-building that has lasted a thousand years… Italia! Women #1: Matilda of Canossa (1046-1115) Revered as La Gran Contessa, Matilda of Canossa was one of the most powerful nobles in Italy and her legacy is built in stone – quite literally. But under normal circumstances […]

Speak Italia! The boom of Burraco in Italy

Shuffling a deck of cards for Burraco

In this edition of our bilingual feature, Tom Alberto Bull invites you to a hand of Burraco, the card game that’s become all the rage in Italy KEY WORDS Useful Italian words and phrases to add to your vocabulary Fare il quarto/la quarta To make up a foursome Un gioco di carte A card game […]

Live and learn Italian in Agnone

Learn Italian in Agnone: Finding out about local life on an evening walk

Karen Jensen-Jones jumps into life in Agnone in the heart of Molise to brush up on her Italian language skills and experience a slice of authentic Italian life. In Maria and Giuseppe’s rustic garden in the ancient hilltop town of Agnone, homemade digestivo di clementino and delicious sour cherry torta were generously offered to our […]

The A-Z of Florence

A-Z of Florence Landscape

The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region is home to many interesting secrets… Florence has so much history and culture to offer. Here’s our A-Z of all things Florence. ARNO The river that flows through central Florence begins at Monte Falterona in the Apennines and flows 241km from there to the Ligurian Sea. BOTTICELLI The prolific […]

How to apply for Italian citizenship by descent

Italian citizenship, passports on Italian flag

Get insights into the process of applying for Italian citizenship by descent, and the differences between applying at a consulate and applying in Italy. Applications for Italian citizenship have risen sharply in the past two years, especially among U.S. citizens with Italian Ancestry. The benefits of holding an Italian passport range from travelling to anywhere […]

Discover The Bagolino Winter Carnival

Bagolino winter carnival costumed people

We follow Marina Spironetti in her discovery of one of Italy’s most beautiful and lesser-known winter carnivals in the Alpine town of Bagolino… Images by Marina Spironetti Getting to the small town of Bagolino was quite a job. It might have been because of my not-so-accurate map, but certainly the winding mountain road that eventually […]

Lecce: Puglia’s Baroque Lady

ancient arch porta napoli in lecce puglia

Amy McPherson takes a tour around the baroque city of Lecce in Puglia and discovers that there is a lot more to the ‘Florence of the South’ than meets the eye. It seems that I am eating all the time in Lecce, which I find makes it appropriate to use this simile: Lecce is like […]

An Italian Christmas with Mario Matassa

We go behind the scenes of an Italian Christmas with Mario Matassa as he explores the rich and austere festive food and traditions of Italy… To describe a celebration of food as both ‘rich and austere’ might seem something of a contradiction. Yet I can think of no more apt a description of this, the […]

A tour of the Porticoes of Bologna with Tom Benjamin


Bologna’s historic porticoes, a pervading symbol of the city’s hospitality, have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. We join novelist and Bologna resident Tom Benjamin for a guided tour of his highlights. (1) The heart and soul of Bologna is Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square, and the porticoes of Renaissance ‘PAVAGLIONE’ prettify what might otherwise […]