Bust-a-myth

mammoni

Mama’s boys

It’s one of the classic stereotypes about Italians: no matter how old they are, they…

Spaghetti bolognese

p5rn7vb To an Italian native it is unsettling and fascinating how most of the so-called…

Exhibits

CioccolaTò Exhibition

 CioccolaTò Exhibition (or Cioccola-To from Cioccolato + Torino – i.e. Chocolate + Turin) is the…

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

p5rn7vb The Piaggio Ape, or Apecar, is the other great idea of Corradino D’Ascanio, the…

Giorgio Armani

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

National holidays

Pasquetta picnic

Pasquetta

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

Objects

Ape Piaggio

Ape Piaggio

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

Eyeglasses

p5rn7vb Whenever an important object comes up, everyone seems to have a story demonstrating that…

Fiat 500

Think of an Italian car. No, not a Ferrari: the other iconic car. In your…

Tongue twisters

But where are the bees?

p5rn7vb This tongue twister isn’t especially difficult to pronounce (well, it is for the ‘ö’,…