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Tricarico is the birthplace of poet and writer Rocco Scotellaro  and was also the home, for more than a decade,  of the American anthropologist and writer, Ann Cornelisen. Tricarico. Photo by PasBel

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part II)

After three eventful days in Naples, we rented a car and drove over the mountain pass to the Amalfi Coast, the iconic site of southern affluence and...
View to fishermanns village on the Island Procida near Naples, italy — Photo by silverjohn

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part I)

After completing our annual month of Italian language study in Rome, my wife Carole and I headed south for yet another tour of Southern Italy’s many...
Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean by John Keahey

In the 1950s English novelist Elizabeth Bowen announced to her friends that she planned to write a book about Rome. Concerned about her image as a...
Friulan poet Amedeo Giacomini

It Looks Like Winter (Presumut Unviȃr): Poems in the Friulian Dialect (1984-86) by Amedeo Gìacomini.

Amedeo Gìacomini (1939-2006) was a prolific writer: literary scholar, essayist, translator, and poet. He was born in the northeastern border of Italy...
Hidden Tuscany, book cover

Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region’s Unknown Places.

John Keahey is a journalist turned travel writer who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some years ago on a visit to Italy he became enamored with...
The book Tristes Plaisirs

Tristes Plaisirs: A Critical Reader of the Romantic Grand Tour by Danilo Dolci

Since the advent of travel in the Medieval period, Italy has always been the focus of European voyagers. In the beginning, early travel books were...
Sicilian Lives, Danilo Dolci, Justin Vitiello, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Sicilian Lives by Danilo Dolci. Trans. By Justin Vitiello

Danilo Dolci (1924-1997) was a social activist who dedicated his life to addressing the social injustice suffered by Sicilian peasants and workers...
Modern Italy, Italian Restaurant, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Modern Italy

Many years ago the famous British writer Elizabeth Bowen announced to her friends that she intended to write a travel book on Rome. They warned her...
Farms, Factories, and Families, Italian American Women, Connecticut, Anthony V. Riccio, Italian Culture

Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut by Anthony V. Riccio.

The role that immigrant and first generation Italian women played in the workforce before 1960 is not well-documented. Aside from such dramatic and...
The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

After eighteen books of poems, two national book awards, and an outstanding Community Service in Literature award, Maria Gillan has reinvented...

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