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Piazza Vigliena a.k.a. Quattro Canti in Palermo, Italy — Photo by digitalsignal

Palermo: Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2018

Palermo is the beating heart of Sicily, a heart that holds within all the mesmerizing beauty and stark oppositions typical of this land: it is rich...
Cannoli siciliani have a huge identity-defining power: Italian bakeries all over the world make of their presence on the shelves a symbol of “italianità” and heritage associated with only a handful of other products. Photo by siculodoc

The sweetest thing: cannolo siciliano and its amazing history

Cannolo siciliano: is there any other Italian dessert this popular in the world? Tiramisù may be one of its more glorious competitors, but cannolo...
The art of Naples' pizza -making could become a patrimony of the world. Photo:  http://www.foodtravelculture.com

The art of making pizza to become part of the UNESCO Intangible Patrimony

Pizza finds a place on every country's table and is topped with countless delicacies, each country creating its own - more or less - orthodox version...
De Niro declared recently he always thought "A Bronx Tale" would have made a fantastical musical, especially for the characteristics of its plot

A piece of Italian American History on stage with De Niro: A Bronx Tale

It was 1989 when Chazz Palminteri wrote A Bronx Tale, a one man pièce that was to become a movie in 1993 and eventually get on a Broadway’s stage...
Castle Scilla in Calabria, Italy— Photo by gurgenb

The many beauties of Calabria, as seen by the New York Times

Off the usual touristic beaten tracks lays the point of the Italian boot, Calabria. Italian Americans are probably well aware of its beauty and...
English Loanwords

“Italianglo” should go: why Italians should stop using and abusing English words

Writing in English is my job, so it goes without saying I love this language. I like the way it alliterates easily and its pragmatic nature, which is...
Panettone, a cake living between history and legend which has lovers and detractors, but never fails to appear on Italian tables during this time of the year

The – buttery and delicious – history of panettone, Italy’s own Christmas cake

A Christmas without panettone is barely a Christmas in Italy: loathed or loved, the Milanese born sweet loaf is something everyone has in the kitchen...
It was easy and clever for the Romans to associate Christmas, the new feast, with one already well established, the Sol Invictus, the official sun god and a patron of soldiers, (in the image above), celebrated on the 25th of December

The origins and traditions of Christmas celebrations in Italy

Christmas is a universal feast. It is the apogee of all year’s celebrations for Christians all around the world; it is a time of love and warmth for...
The most traditional and beautiful tradition of them all, in Italy, is that of Gesù Bambino

Of Robins, Ornaments and Special Gift Bearers: popular Christmas Legends in Italy

This time of the year is my personal favorite: I am a child of the snow and the mountains, invigorated by the dry, crispy chill of winter, rather...
Basilica of St. Benedict - photo by atesevich

Central Italy: hope is stronger than the earthquake

Norcia: a cradle of tradition and art, a symbol of western culture, home to Saint Benedict father of monasticism and patron saint of Europe. Norcia:...

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