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“I Live Alone In An Island Paradise”

“I Live Alone In An Island Paradise”

Videos, World

In 1989, Mauro Morandi’s boat docked on Budelli Island off the northern coast of Sardinia, Italy. Discovering that the island’s caretaker was retiring within the next two days, Mauro decided to extend his stay indefinitely and step into the role himself.

Barilla Pasta’s Turnaround From Homophobia To National Pride

Barilla Pasta’s Turnaround From Homophobia To National Pride

Business, Food

After chairman Guido Barilla rebuked gay families on national radio, his CEO spent five years cleaning up the company’s reputation. Barilla transformed from a pasta giant that would never feature homosexuals in its campaigns into one that sells spaghetti in homoerotic packaging.

The Origins Of The Sicilian Mafia

The Origins Of The Sicilian Mafia

Crime, History, Videos

The Sicilian Mafia, referred to by its own members as Cosa Nostra, a phrase meaning “our thing”, is an infamous association of criminal syndicates. They are famous for their heavy-handed role in protection racketeering, alcohol and drug smuggling, and other organized illegal activities across the world.

My Life Under Armed Guard

My Life Under Armed Guard

Crime, Long Reads, Media

Since 2006, Italian journalist Roberto Saviano has faced constant threat of death for exposing the secrets of the Naples mafia in his book Gomorrah. Is the price of life under armed guard too much for a writer to pay?

How Leonardo Da Vinci Made A “Satellite” Map In 1502

How Leonardo Da Vinci Made A “Satellite” Map In 1502

Art, History, Videos

When infamous Italian politician Cesare Borgia brought Leonardo da Vinci — the guy who drew this portrait — to the city of Imola, it was as a military engineer. When Leonardo was installed at Borgia’s newly acquired fort, one of his duties was to help Borgia learn the territory.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Investigating The Dangerous New Mafia Taking Control In Italy

Investigating The Dangerous New Mafia Taking Control In Italy

Crime, Videos, World

The mafia is one of Italy’s most famous international business brands, with an estimated annual turnover of $250 billion a year. But its market share is being challenged by a group of ruthless new players. This documentary is about the growing power of Nigerian organized crime in the birthplace of the Italian mafia.

The Economy Of Italy, Has The Luck All Run Out?

The Economy Of Italy, Has The Luck All Run Out?

Economics, Explainers, Videos

Once the seat of the roman empire, it is now home to a surprisingly robust yet temperamental economy. The economy of Italy followed a path very similar to that of Germany’s all be it with a little more flamboyancy which has found them where they are today.

Gennaro Panzuto: The Lancashire Hideaway Of An Italian Mafia Boss

Gennaro Panzuto: The Lancashire Hideaway Of An Italian Mafia Boss

Crime

People liked the gregarious charismatic Italian guy trying to grow pots of basil in the wind-swept chill of rural Lancashire. And Gennaro liked the caravan park because it was a good place to live quietly. It was a good place to hide from the truth written in blood on the streets of Naples.

Haunting Photos Of An Abandoned Italian Madhouse

Haunting Photos Of An Abandoned Italian Madhouse

Health, Photos

When German-born photographer Andy Schwetz visited the Manicomio di Racconigi, an abandoned insane asylum in Italy, he was struck by the horror of the procedures performed there, from electroshock therapy to experimental operations.

Before Beauty Vlogging, There Were Renaissance ‘Books of Secrets’

Before Beauty Vlogging, There Were Renaissance ‘Books of Secrets’

History, Media

So-called Books of Secrets were a new and wildly-popular literary genre during the Italian Renaissance. Written in vernacular Italian, they instructed an increasingly literate public in the pursuit of alchemy, making secrets previously circulated in Latin manuscripts amongst the educated elite more broadly accessible.

The Italian Village That Celebrates Ugliness

The Italian Village That Celebrates Ugliness

Videos, World

Celebrating “ugliness” for the past 140 years, Piobbico has become renowned for being the world capital of ugly people. Now, its utopian idea has blossomed into a worldwide movement. Today, the so-called “World Association of Ugly People” counts more than 30,000 members across 25 global chapters.

The Italian Town That Always Smells Like Panettone

The Italian Town That Always Smells Like Panettone

Food, World

Since 1922, Pinerolo has been home to Galup, a bakery-factory that specializes in northern Italian enriched breads, an operation that defines this small town—from its aroma to its employment options. The town always smells like panettone.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
The Invention Of Money

The Invention Of Money

Business, Economics, History, Long Reads

When the Venetian merchant Marco Polo got to China, he saw many wonders. One of the things that astonished him most, however, was a new invention, implemented by Kublai Khan, a grandson of the great conqueror Genghis. It was paper money, introduced by Kublai in 1260.

Journey To The Place Where Pesto Was Born

Journey To The Place Where Pesto Was Born

Food, World

Liguria is Italy’s most famous basil-growing region. The herb is lifeblood here. It floods the stands of Genoa’s Mercato Orientale, a dizzying, circular market hidden on the interior of a city block. Everyone agrees that the best basil in Liguria is grown in the village of Pra’.

Italian Artist Peeta Blends Graffiti And Abstract Forms Into Optical Illusion Murals

Italian Artist Peeta Blends Graffiti And Abstract Forms Into Optical Illusion Murals

Architecture, Art

Italian artist Peeta combines elements of graffiti and abstract art to paint murals that appear to morph and dissolve architectural structures. Abstract shapes swirl around and cut into walls to form M.C. Escher-like scenes that play tricks on the eyes and change depending on the viewing angle.

The Strange Persistence Of First Languages

The Strange Persistence Of First Languages

Life, World

Czech was the only language I knew until the age of 2, when my family began a migration westward, from what was then Czechoslovakia through Austria, then Italy, settling eventually in Montreal, Canada. Along the way, a clutter of languages introduced themselves into my life.

We Bought A €1 House In Italy. Here’s What Happened Next.

We Bought A €1 House In Italy. Here’s What Happened Next.

World

A new house — and potentially a whole new life — for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar. Over the past year or so, numerous small towns from Sicily in the south to the northern Alps have been offering such bargains in the hope of attracting new residents to revitalize dying communities.

The Sexual Assault Case That Shook Ancient Rome

The Sexual Assault Case That Shook Ancient Rome

Crime, History

It was more than 2,000 years before the #MeToo movement, but a scene similar to the ones we’ve witnessed so often lately was already playing out. A prominent politician was on trial for corruption and bribery, charges bolstered by dirt his enemies had dug up from his past: the violent sexual assault of a young girl.

Eating The Arab Roots Of Sicilian Cuisine

Eating The Arab Roots Of Sicilian Cuisine

Food

Seen from the sky, the island appears as a triangularish football being punted toward the Maghreb by Italy’s boot. It’s a pixelated reflection of Sicilian identity itself, which hovers midway between North African and European. For Sicilians, mal d’Africa is a kind of phantom continent syndrome, a sense of nostalgia for a lost homeland.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
On The Hunt For The World’s Rarest Pasta

On The Hunt For The World’s Rarest Pasta

Food

Delicate and impossible to replicate, su filindeu (or the “threads of God”) is a pasta made of hundreds of tiny strands by a single woman in a hillside town in Sardinia. She’ll make it for you too—if you’re willing to walk 20 miles overnight.

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