Heritage

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...

Maurizio Igor Meta: “We’re all born travelers. We belong to Earth, not to a Nation”

“The moment of arrival was euphoric, and then silence fell upon them. They were afraid they wouldn’t be let in. The question on everyone’s mind was ‘...

An Italian family, Ancient Rome style

Family: the essence of our being, the root of our ideals and the place we go back to when everything fails us. It does not really matter if it is...

The Ides of March and Julius Caesar’s death mystery

Not many may think of it, but the 15th of March, the Ides of March, to say it with the Romans, marks the millenary anniversary of one of history’s...
Many see a ride along the Grand Canal in gondola as the epitome of romance.  Photo by lachris77

Decoding Venice’s iconic gondolas

For centuries they were the only way to travel, criss-crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating the city’s iconic canals. Today, whilst Venice’s...
Original Dixieland Jazz Band. 1918 promotional postcard showing (from left), drummer Tony Sbarbaro (aka Tony Spargo), trombonist Edwin "Daddy" Edwards, cornetist Dominick James "Nick" LaRocca, clarinetist Larry Shields, and pianist Henry Ragas

First Recording in Jazz History has strong Sicilian roots

On February 26th 1917, clarinetist and bandleader Nick LaRocca (born in New Orleans, Louisiana, from Sicilian parents) passed into the annals of jazz...
The new biography "Toscanini - Musician of Conscience" written by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs will come out next spring

The sound and the fury of Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini’s boisterous humanity comes alive throughout a new biography by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs. To mark the 150th anniversary...
Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci (1481)

In search of Leonardo da Vinci

This month one of Da Vinci’s celebrated works, The Adoration of the Magi is returning to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence after 6 years of restoration...
Il piacere vitale e sano della dieta mediterranea fatto di pasta, olio, frutta, verdura e buon vino

Il piacere vitale e sano della dieta mediterranea fatto di pasta, olio, frutta, verdura e buon vino

Già dai primi mesi dell’anno si fanno buoni propositi per rendere migliore la nostra vita. Uno dei più diffusi è sicuramente legato ad un’...
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...
Jacopo Tintoretto -Self-portrait, circa 1547

Artistic Nicknames, Treasures of the Italian Renaissance

In most art history classes, names like Giotto, Tintoretto, Donatello, Botticelli, Fra’ Angelico and of course Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci are...
Harlequin mask - photo by Daydream

“Midnight Mischief at Venice’s Masquerade Balls

Masked balls. Fried sweets. Colorful costumes. In the weeks before Fat Tuesday ( martedì grasso ), Venice revels in Carnevale . Dating back to the...
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...