We look forward to sharing many more great ITALY stories with you in the year to come, but before we do, let's take a look at some of our favorite reads from the past year.

8 Health Tips from Ancient Rome – by Francine Segan 

‘Drink wine’ may be our favorite.

29 Things to See and Do in Palermo – by Rochelle Del Borello 

Palermo was the European Capital of Culture for 2018, and for this reason the city has begun a massive restoration project which will continue for many generations. Check out this comprehensive guide to visiting Sicily’s capital.

10 Italian Inventors that Changed the World – by John Bensalhia 

Who invented espresso? The radio? What about the telephone? We have to thank Italian genius for these and other great inventions, learn all about it here.

One Year Later: Interview with Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer – by Georgette Jupe

Our Girl in Florence Georgette Jupe interviewed the 44th U.S. diplomatic representative in Florence, U.S. Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer, a role that covers Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and the Republic of San Marino. Enjoy this extensive interview where Wohlauer speaks about his career evolution, and shares his thoughts on American students in Florence and his best book recommendations for Italy.

Talking to: Federico Rampini, The Chief New York Correspondent for Italy’s La Repubblica Newspaper – by Silvia Donati

For our Italian-American series, contributing editor Silvia Donati interviewed one of her favorite Italian journalists, Federico Rampini, the New York-based correspondent for Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper. In this enticing interview, Rampini talks about his life and work in the U.S., Italian American communities and culture, and why everybody wants to be Italian. 

Alabaster of Volterra: An Easy to Model Stone Formed Thousands of Years Ago – by Laura Morelli

Our expert on authentic Made in Italy items and Italian artisanal traditions Laura Morelli heads to Volterra, Tuscany, to let us in on the magic that is working alabaster, which have been mined in the hills of the Tuscan countryside since ancient times.

15 Photos of Catania's Food, People and Streets – by Noemi Scavo Photographer

Our favorite photo gallery of the year takes us to Catania and ‘La Pescheria’, the city’s famous fish market with roots back to when Sicily was under Saracen rule. 

Top Tips on How to Pronounce Your Words like an Italian – by Alesha Allen 

Want to sound Italian? Check these four pronunciation tips to help you speak more like a local.

Affogato al Caffè : Italy’s Effortless Coffee Dessert – by Cindy Swain 

We loved all the recipes provided by our food experts, but hey, one that features gelato and espresso together, clearly is the winner.