Italian icons

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

A hypothetical merit ranking of all the men (and women, of course) ever lived would…

Ape Piaggio

The Piaggio Ape, or Apecar, is the other great idea of Corradino D’Ascanio, the same…

Giorgio Armani

The fourth richest Italian person, Giorgio Armani is the quintessential fashion designer: smart, visionary, understated…

National holidays

Pasquetta picnic


First things first, Pasquetta is not the same thing all over Italy. In Genova and…


Deserted Milano

Azzurro (Blue)

Azzurro is the kind of evergreen you are bound to hear whenever a group of…

Tongue twisters

But where are the bees?

This tongue twister isn’t especially difficult to pronounce (well, it is for the ‘ö’, which…