Half Marathon Returns April 15

Grace Kucera   The 35 international Half Marathon Vivicitta will take place on Sunday, April 15. With participants ranging from running enthusiasts to families with children and runners from all over the world, the Half Marathon has become one of the most important sporting events in Florence.   Runners can choose between a half marathon, …

Pope Coming

After his visit to Florence and Prato in November 2015, Pope Francis returns to Tuscany for a day-visit this upcoming May.   First the Pope will visit Nomadelfia, a village in the southern province of Grosseto, and then Loppiano, a small town near Figline Valdarno, about half-an-hour drive from Florence.   Rodolfo Cetoloni, bishop of …

Homes On Sale…for €1

Sarah Litchman   To solve the problem of the abandonment of Italian villages, some Italian towns have decided to place on the market houses in shambles for 1 euro.   The first council to announce the decision was Salemi, a small town in the Sicilian province of Trapani hit by an earthquake in 1968. In …

Culture, but not Cultural Workers

Sarah Litchman   According to a research committed by the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat last month, Italy earns the spot of 19 out of 28 countries for the percentage of people engaged in the cultural sector: quite a paradox for country that has the greatest cultural heritage in the world.   During …

Pitti Taste Returns March 10-12

Grace Kucera   Pitti Taste, the fair dedicated to the excellence of Italian taste and food lifestyles, is returning March 10-12 at the Stazione Leopolda. Presented by Pitti Immagine, Taste showcases products from more than 340 leading Italian companies in the international food world.   The fair is a journey around the planet of food …

Father’s Day, and Food

Grace Kucera   On March 19, Italians celebrate Festa del Babbo, or Father’s Day, in honor of St. Joseph, Jesus’ mortal father, symbol of compassion and kindness in Catholic tradition.   It was during the Middle Ages that this tradition began when Sicilians prayed to St. Joseph to bring rains to save their fields from …

2018 Year of Food in Italy

Italy’s cultural and agricultural ministries launched a campaign declaring 2018 “the year of Italian food.” The objective of the campaign, which started last month, is to promote the cultural, social, and aesthetic value of Italian food and wine all over the world.   The campaign was launched through the social media of the ministry and …

Gelateria della Passera and Dondoli Awarded

The Florentine Gelateria della Passera and the San Gimignano-based Gelateria di Piazza ran by Sergio Dondoli have been awarded again with the prestigious prize of the three cones, the highest attainable in the Gambero Rosso guide, for the year 2018.   An Italian food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986, Gambero Rosso …