Italy’s MUSE

The unique scenic beauty and the impressive mountain landscape of the Dolomites is the setting for a new science museum called the MUSE ( MUseo delle ScienzE ). With a retractable shading system, solar panels, geothermal probes and a cistern system for rainwater recovery, architect Renzo Piano has created a futuristic blend of nature, science and technology. Built on the site of a former Michelin tire factory in Trento, … Continue reading Italy’s MUSE

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Italian Trash or Treasure

How does an object become a souvenir? A keepsake or a token with a symbolic meaning of an experience that holds special significance in our lives. We travel and want to take something back home. Moments we experience inspire memories we want to save. At first glance some souvenirs may seem trivial and insignificant to anyone but the holder … Continue reading Italian Trash or Treasure

Beans Between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn

Making coffee in Italy is an art but growing coffee depends on a botanical landscape far removed from the coffee bars of Milan, Rome or Venice.  The life of every town, village or borgo in Italy begins with un caffé and while Italians have perfected the roasting and brewing of coffee they rely on latitudes far … Continue reading Beans Between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn

A Feast in the Neighborhood

Although Italian street festivals (sagre) can be found throughout the year, summer is the perfect time for an open air party. Always ready for a celebration, Italians gather in the countryside or the local piazza with several hundred like-minded party goers in the spirit of conviviality for a festa; a party or festival that celebrates … Continue reading A Feast in the Neighborhood

Il fuoco vivo – The Life of the Italian Fire

Although Italians did not invent the grill they certainly are among the cultures of the world that have perfected its use. The life of the fire, il fuoco vivo, in the gastro-history of the early Italians and their contemporaries held a special attraction. The Etruscans, Greeks,  Romans and Byzantines were grilling spit roasted meats and … Continue reading Il fuoco vivo – The Life of the Italian Fire

Wedding Planners of the Renaissance Create Una Stravaganza

It's June, the traditional month for weddings. Historically, June has always been the most popular month for tying the knot. Nice summer weather, in-season flowers and the higher number of outdoor venues make it an attractive month for a party.  Wedding planners are busy with the details, dates and unexpected family drama that need to be handled to … Continue reading Wedding Planners of the Renaissance Create Una Stravaganza