Heritage

Lost crafts: the master rope maker, u mast’s l’andrète

The craft of rope makers, funaio or cordaro , is as old as Man: a thousands-year long art, based on an easy manual technique, where two only...

Italian craftsmanship: culture, heritage and hope for the future

The expression Made in Italy itself is almost perfectly synonymous with Italian craftsmanship, or artigianato, to say it as we do. From culinary...

The blossoming Easter in Sicily

The Easter celebrations of Sicily are as numerous as petals on daisy chains, with an endless procession of Holy Week festivities to choose from...

Women History Month: let’s not forget the real face and heart of Italian women

Italian celebrations for International Women’s Day are, usually, rather cliché: journalists and TV hosts become experts of women history and...

Madonelle, Madonnas of the Street

Crossroads and street corners have long been the haunt of peddlers, pickpockets and prostitutes. And as far back as ancient Roman times images of...

Following an old melody: music at the times of Ancient Rome

As usual, Cicero is illuminating: “a life without music is like a body without its soul.” There’s an undeniable truth in his words the people of his...

The Caracalla Baths, a plunge into the Roman Empire

For centuries ancient Romans have built roads and bridges connecting all of their conquered territories, triumphal arches celebrating their victories...

Carnevale and its thousand faces

When I was a child, Carnevale was the occasion to don some improbable outfit, usually involving satin gowns and glitter or, depending on the mood of...

The truth behind ceramic Moorish heads

Any trip to Southern Italy is never complete without browsing through dozens of ceramic stores from the Amalfi coast, to Puglia and throughout the...

The Pope! The Pope! Historical curiosities on the spiritual leader and a symbol of Rome

For millions of Catholics around the world, the Pope is a spiritual leader. For the Romans, he’s a fellow Roman, regardless of where he comes from...

“Tutte le strade portano a Roma” and some have very quirky names

Indeed, at the times of the Empire, all roads led to Rome, especially when you think the Romans are behind the creation of the first Italian and...

Italian pride: one day a year is not enough

In the US, the national debate on the country’s origins and heritage has involved also the Italian American community. At the heart of discussion,...

Searching for the origins of La Bella Lingua (Part I): Dante and Florence

It appears that modern Italy was unified by literature long before it existed as a single nation on the map. Although up to a century and a half ago...

Italians: explorers of knowledge

October is a special month for Italian-Americans, dedicated as it is to their heritage and history. October is also the month remembering the coming...

What did the Romans do for us?

Throughout history, civilizations have come and gone from the Italian peninsula, each one leaving its mark. From the Etruscans’ stonework to Greek...

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