History of the Uffizi Gallery

Few people know the huge building that houses the Uffizi Gallery today was not created to be a museum. Its construction was ordered in 1560 by Cosimo I de’ Medici, known as Cosimo the Great and first Grand Duke of Tuscany, to house the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence, the “uffizi” (which in Italian means … Read more…

Master Italian Wine Facts & Terms

In ancient times, the Italian peninsula was commonly referred to as enotria, or “land of wine,” because of its rich diversity of grape varieties and many acres dedicated to cultivated vines. In more ways than one, Italy became a gigantic nursery and a commercial hub fortuitously positioned at the heart of the Mediterranean for what … Read more…

Italy Economic Outlook

Economic growth came in at a respectable pace in Q2 according to preliminary figures, thanks to expansions in the industrial and service sectors. The latest indicators suggest that the economy’s momentum continues into the third quarter, with the manufacturing PMI remaining firmly in expansionary territory in July, and business and consumer confidence increasing in August. … Read more…

Pompeii: Ancient History

Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, is hundreds of thousands of years old and has erupted more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. Read More

The Top 10 Italian Car Brands

Italian cars, specifically luxury and sports cars, maintain a global reputation for speed, design and beauty. Beginning in 1884 when Enrico Bernardi constructed the tricycle car running on petrol fuel, the Italian automobile industry started its long and rich journey in the transportation industry. Read More