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There’s more to Italian sparkling wine than Prosecco

THE PROSECCO boom is real: Sales are projected to reach 412 million bottles annually by 2020, up from 150 million a decade ago.

What we can learn from Italy’s contemporary and modern museum scene

THE PHILIPPINES and Italy share the same dilemma when it comes to art: their governments doesn’t care much about it. But our shared problem stops here, because as an Italian art critic and curator who recently visited the county said, Italian politicians are only apprehensive to fully embrace contemporary art because they don’t understand it. Here, meanwhile, politicians aren’t very keen in prioritizing arts and culture at all.

Italian film fest presents the classic and the new

FOR ITS second year, the Italian Film Festival — which brings a selection of films from the Venice International Film Festival to be shown in Metro Manila — is showcasing nine films from Nov. 14 to 18 in select cinemas.

Trade war fears hit European factories as global optimism wanes

Euro-area manufacturers saw order growth slow to the weakest pace in two years after renewed concerns over trade prospects hit confidence. Purchasing Managers’ Indexes from...

What’s next for Italy as populists take over

Rome, Italy -- Italy's new coalition government due to be sworn in Friday promises a mix of far-right, anti-establishment and eurosceptic policies, raising questions...

Italy’s white truffles feel the heat at Alba auction

ALBA, ITALY — It’s bad news for white truffle fans. Dry weather and changing climate patterns have hit production and sent prices soaring. The winning...

Italy in high spirits

Beyond the centuries-old temples and colosseums of Rome, and the celebrated churches and museums of Florence and Milan. WORDS CLAIRE J. JIAO  |  IMAGES ROB...

Italy plies visitors with wine as it eyes tourism catch-up

BOLGHERI, ITALY – Eating lunch in Italy’s Bolgheri wine country, it is not hard to understand why the number of international visitors to this...

Michelangelo’s unrealized marble dream comes true in Italian quarry

QUERCETA DI SERAVEZZA, ITALY -- In 1517, Michelangelo climbed Mount Altissimo in Tuscany and found the marble of his dreams. It was, the Renaissance master...

‘The oriental chrysalis is quitting its cocoon’

Jose Rizal, Benedict Anderson, and the Philippine Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. WORDS  SAM L. MARCELO | PHOTOGRAPHY  PAOLO LUCA In 1884, Jose Rizal toasted...

Spectacular water show opens Venice Carnival

VENICE -- The Carnival of Venice, which each year draws thousands of revelers dressed in masks and period costume, got under way in the...

No signs of life on Day 4 of Italy avalanche rescue

PENNE, ITALY -- Rescuers combing the wreckage of an Italian hotel in a bid to find survivors of a devastating avalanche detected no signs...

Italian film fest tackles youth in crisis

By Zsarlene B. Chua MOVIEMOV, the Italian Film Festival — back for its fourth iteration — will be presenting 10 films which tackle the “crisis...

New light shines on Botticelli masterpieces

FLORENCE, ITALY — Two of the most famous works of Sandro Botticelli, Primavera and The Birth of Venus, were unveiled in a new setting...

Writers’ privacy row erupts as Italy’s Ferrante unmasked

ROME — One of literature’s most talked-about mysteries appeared to have been cracked Monday with the unmasking of the identity of the Italian publishing...

Chinese cops to patrol Italy’s top tourist sights

ROME — Four Chinese policemen will patrol the streets of Rome and Milan alongside their Italian counterparts for the next two weeks to help...