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View of the Piazza from Columbus Avenue. Photo credit: Dennis Sullivan

A Vision Realized Is Coming to North Beach: Piazza St. Francis-Poets’ Plaza

As with most extraordinary projects, they begin with extraordinary people and their inspirational ideas. The new Piazza St. Francis-The Poets’ Plaza...
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Conversations with Lawrence Ferlinghetti Part II - The Man and His Lasting Legacy

Part I of my Conversations with Lawrence Ferlinghetti appeared in the last, June 25th, 2015, issue of L’Italo Americano. Below we continue with the...
Sandro Botticelli

San Francisco Welcomes Sandro Botticelli and Elsa Schiaparelli

In rare exhibitions, the work of two noteworthy Italian artists will be shown in San Francisco’s de Young Museum and Legion of Honor. Exhibits of the...
Piazza St. Francis, The Poet’s Plaza, North Beach, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Piazza St. Francis, The Poet’s Plaza

It is not often that a metropolitan city like San Francisco has the opportunity to incorporate a new urban piazza in the center of one of its most...
POPOS, Italian Urban Piazzas, AP Giannini, San Francisco, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

POPOS – Italian Urban Piazzas

The words piazza and plaza have the same Greek origin (although some scholars insist the origin is Latin), with plaza being the Spanish adaption and...
The Italian Pavilion, Panama Pacific International Exhibition, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Italian Pavilion at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The PPIE opened on February 20, 1915 and continued to amaze...
The Italians, Documentary, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Italians Are Coming!

Yes, the Italians are coming and not necessarily in brightly colored Fiats as depicted in recent television ads. As charming as that image may seem,...
Italian Language, Meetup Groups, La Dolce Lingua, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Italian Language Meetup Groups – La Dolce Lingua!

Have you ever heard the Italian language praised as one of the great romance languages in the world? Of course you have! I like to call it La Dolce...
Chiaroscuro, Luchino visconti, Neorealism, Italian Film, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Chiaroscuro - Neorealism in Italian Film

Italian film “noir” is coming to San Francisco’s historic Castro Theater. The Noir City-San Francisco Noir Film Festival 2015 began its 13th year on...
Sister Cities, San Francisco, Assisi, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Sister Cities in Our Own Backyards

Who says the world is shrinking? Just about everyone! However, a tape measured placed precisely at the equator would reveal that no actual shrinkage...

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