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The life and adventures of Giacomo Casanova, the first modern latin lover

To make a story good, you need to set its background straight. So, think of Venice. Not that of today, of course, but rather that of the 18th century...
Blue jeans made their way back to Europe during the Second World War, when American soldiers would wear them while not in service

Blue Jeans: The American Symbol with Italian Roots

The drive in, a milkshake, James Dean wearing his jeans: is there anything more quintessentially “americana” than this? As pleasant as it may be, we...
Knowing that what you get in your plate is made with top notch ingredients, and the way it is supposed to by tradition makes Italian food more enjoyable

The Best Italian Food in the US

Eating genuine, authentic Italian food can be a struggle when you are not in Italy. Italian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world...
Portrait of Giovanni Belzoni, “the Great Belzoni” by Jan Adam Kruseman (Haarlem, 1804-1862)

The explorers you did not expect: little known Italian men of adventure

Thinking of Italian explorers means thinking chiefly of three names: Cristoforo Colombo, Marco Polo and Amerigo Vespucci. Of course, there are many...
Bath, UK -  The Roman Terms complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The Baths are a major tourist attraction — Photo by JJFarquitectos

Italian cities around the world

Yes, indeed. Italian cities in the world. But not the way you think. The next paragraphs are not dedicated to the many cities around the globe with...
Original Dixieland Jazz Band - A 1918 promotional postcard showing (from left), drummer TonySbarbaro (aka Tony Spargo), trombonist Edwin "Daddy" Edwards, cornetist Dominick James"Nick" LaRocca, clarinetist Larry Shields, and pianist Henry Ragas

Sicily, trumpets and brass bands: how Italian-Americans have made the history of Jazz

Not many may know it, but musicians of Italian descent left an indelible mark in the history of Jazz. Jazz, the rebellious lovechild of ragtime and...

The Chef behind the brand: the true face and life of Ettore Boiardi

Most of you probably know him better as “ Chef Boyardee ,” the name and face behind a popular brand of Italian style canned foods. Established in...
A recently launched hashtag is dedicated to the work of Italian embassies around the world and to Italian communities outside of Italy. It also gives the possibility to learn a bit more about the Italian-American community

#ItaliaIn: the hashtag to learn about Italians in the world

The Italian minister for foreign affairs, commonly known as “Farnesina” after the name of the building where it has its see, has recently launched a...
After the uncontrollable, devastating and to many extents unavoidable tragedy in Central Italy, people have been gathering money and sending help to relieve the pain and support reconstruction

A world of solidarity in support of the Central Italy’s Earthquake

From Queen Elizabeth II to restaurateurs in the L.A. area, everyone offers support to the people hit by last week’s deadly earthquake. The tragic...
Italian like their coffees traditional and simple

Mind your coffee! Some tips on how to get Italian coffee always right

I am an odd Italian coffee lover: I started drinking it when I was in my twenties, spending my youngest years in worship of the more exotic world of...