Diamonds to the rescue

The unique Diamanti exhibition, due to end its four-month run at the Scuderie Papali, opposite Palazzo del Quirinale, on 30 June, has turned out to be one of the revelations of this springs cultural p...

An interview with Frank McCourt

When I was on holiday in Greece two years ago, I remember going to a bookstore and finding Frank McCourtss Angelas Ashes, the memoir for which the Irish author won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. The inte...

A recipe for Italian dressing

Can you spot a tourist a kilometre away? After living in Italy for weeks, months or even years, are you afraid you still look like one? For women, clothing and accessories are never simple. There are...

Seeing Rome with a tour guide

Danny from Dublin knew his stuff. He sped a puffing group of 19 visitors from Piazza di Spagna This was once known as Piazza di Francia to the junction of Via di Propaganda and Via della Mercede: Th...

Saying goodbye to a four-wheel friend

As the witnesses described the scene, it was painful. Looking back, they said, the parents should never have brought their little girl with them. She was seven or eight, and obviously a sensitive chil...

Police and magistrates clash in Naples

This is an ugly story in itself but it has become the symbol of much more since it began. As ever in politics, and particularly in Italian politics, a single event becomes the cue to fight other battl...

Italian NGOs: an introduction

In the second week of June representatives of over 600 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society organisations from all over the world will gather in Rome for the Forum for Food So...

In Naples without a jacket

Naples is an informal city. No need to dress up. No need to stand on ceremony. Yes, it has its glamour and glitz, but for the temporary visitor there is no need to put on a show. Naples has all types,...

The Italian art of dubbing

Muhammad Ali speaks fluent Italian and so do ET, the Royal Tenenbaums and every dinner guest at Gosford Park. The dubbing industry remains a bedrock in Italy, where nearly every film, from Oscar-winne...

An evening with Tim Parks

Tim Parks had a surprise in store for those of us gathered to see him at the British Council. Im not here to promote my new book, he announced. Im looking for new recruits for the Rome branch of the H...

The abandoned cats and dogs of Rome

When you first arrive at the Torre Argentina cat sanctuary, you are subconsciously reminded of the childrens game where the object is to find items hidden in a drawing. As you glance around the ruins...

A journey from drugs to a new world

His diving mask snugly fixed over his face and his oxygen tank strapped to his back, Daniele Silvestri is a happy young man when he plunges into the depths around Ponza or Elba. Theres a whole beautif...

Fiumicinos only airport hotel

What kind of agonised soul would ever stay in an airport hotel? Would he be a plane-spotter? Someone afraid of city centres? And surely any individual wanting to stay among planes only half an hour fr...

Shopping etiquette Italian style

Do you like to touch and feel when shopping? Are you tempted to pick up items you have no intention of buying just to take a closer look? Have you been chastised for reaching into a window display as...

Czanne: the father of the moderns

On a hot summers day, when we were blinded by the play of deep shadow against bright sunlight in the leafy, lime-lined avenues of Aix-en-Provence, we drove out of town, giving up the search for Czanne...

Englands gift to Italian animal welfare

Think of animal welfare and Italy and if any one person springs to mind it is probably Giuseppe Garibaldi and his brave start in 1871 in establishing the Societ Protettrice degli Animali in Turin. Bad...

New Year Italian style

Staying in Rome for New Years Eve? Well, the Italians may not have Auld Lang Syne or New Years resolutions, but they have plenty of other peculiar traditions to make up for it. And youd better be awar...

A Neapolitan Christmas celebration

Christmas trees, Santa Claus and the presepio. These were the main elements of Christmas as I remember it as an Italian American growing up in New Jersey. Both my parents families emigrated to the US...

Does Alitialia have a terminal sickness?

Three years shy of its 50th birthday, Alitalia is in a bad way coughing, spluttering, shivering with fever and getting worse by the day. The national airline has been in poor health for some time, e...

MUSIC. Blues jazz under the waterfall

Above: Texan vocalist Ruthie Foster opens this year's line-up on 15 July. Photo by Scott Newton. Left: the waterfall in Isola Liri provides a spectacular backdrop for the annual festiva...
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