Heritage

"Grandma would be standing in front of the stove, turning cloves of fresh garlic in a pool of sizzling oil, and forever stirring her big pot of gravy"

Preparing Sunday Dinner

The days of the old tradition of everyone in the extended family coming the grandparents’ home for Sunday dinner, every Sunday, might be gone, but...

Speak to me! The amazing world of Italian dialects

The idea itself of dialect may be difficult to grasp for non-Italians. It’s not a language, yet it’s not a variety of one either. It may sound like...

What you See is not What you Get: Italy’s Forgers and Forgeries throughout the Centuries

History and art have a lot of things in common, of course. One of them is certainly the importance, nay, the essentiality of the concept of...

The eternal enchantment of the Eternal City: The Rome you Don’t Expect (Part III)

Little-known stories of the eternal city, of its artists and popes, families and colorfully clad armies. Through centuries of anecdotes, our short...

Italian anniversaries that unify our civil consciousness

First of all, happy Republic Day to everyone on behalf of L’Italo-Americano. Here on the Pacific coast where the Italian peninsula is a place in our...

Spring is Greek theater month in Sicily

Every spring, thousands of tourists descend on the picturesque city of Siracusa in the southeast corner of Sicily, drawn to an experience unlike any...

Bill Cellini Jr: It’s Time to Discover your Italian Roots!

Bill Cellini Jr. is a true blue expert in Italian ancestry. For about thirty years, he has been holding seminars and workshops across the United...

Back to the Land of Explorers (Part I): Columbus and Genoa

If there is one reason why Italian Americans are especially proud of their ethnic roots, it is because Italy happened to be the birthplace of the...

How modern they were! Everyday practices the Italian Renaissance gave us

There isn’t a period in history as quintessentially Italian as the Renaissance. Even though it spread throughout Europe, with the notable exception...
Naples and its surrounding territory are a land of contradictions where the thirst for wonder and magic, the unknown and the curious blend with the seductive sun-religion of the pagans. Photo from "One Day in Naples" Exhibit by Flavia Loreto

Rites, magic and mysteries of Naples: the miracle of its millennial charm

Magic, mystery, a thirst for wonders and for the unknown, and a pagan sun-religion. Naples metabolizes three thousand years of culture and...
The stunning works of Villa Romana del Casale also include the famed "Bikini Girls", a depiction of a group of young women wearing bandeau tops, bikini bottoms and even anklets that would look perfectly at home on beaches of Southern California today.

The Bikini girls, archeological gems of Piazza Armerina

When modern bikini hit the shelves in Paris in the summer of 1946, Mediterranean women quickly snatched up it. One year later the world’s smallest...

Beyond the Basement: Cultures Survive through Stories

When Niccolo Machiavelli penned his masterpiece, The Prince, Italy was a land divided and besieged by many foreign forces. In his last chapter, “An...

The Italian American Intellectual

Why is it that Italian America is better known for its wise-guys then for its wise men and women? In 1927, after the United States had severely...
It is in Fabriano, in the central Italian province of Ancona, that the history of paper in Europe begins, in the late 13th century.  Photo by FranzGustincich

The secular history of Fabriano’s precious paper

The first memories I have of Fabriano paper are of the A5 notebooks we used in elementary school: each page was heavier and thicker than average,...

The Italian-American Writers Experience

Whatever I have learned about Italian American literature was on my own; no teacher suggested I read what I have read, and what I have learned has...