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Award-winning Italian blues harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi

Delta Italians Influence on the Blues - Urban Legend or Reality?

Almost lost to the annals of time, there’s a particular story of Italian immigration that most of us haven’t heard about in a history class, nor read...
Hadrian's Villa - Photo by alessandro0770

Walking in the emperor’s footsteps: Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli

Most Roman emperors liked to get out of Rome every now and then. Julius Caesar, Nero and Caligula favoured Baiae in Campania, enjoying its mild...
Swiss Guards at the Vatican— Photo by LuckyTD

The Swiss Guards: Pope's Private Army since 1506

After seeing La Guardia Svizzera , or in English, the Swiss Guard, standing at attention at the gates of the Holy City, donned with their halberds,...
Ferracci Store south of Shaw. Photo courtesy of Paul Canonici

Way Down South in the Land of Cotton: Italian Immigrants in the Southern Delta

Endless row upon row of cotton fields, shimmery white as far as the eye can see. A frosty glass of Southern sweet tea offers companionship to a plate...

Commemorating the Floods – 50 years since Florence and Venice

Fifty years ago rain, mud and sorrow descended on two of Italy’s most loved historic cities, Florence and Venice. At the height of the floods waters...
Detail of the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.— Photo by tan4ikk

The great Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was a genius and his eye for extracting human, animal and spiritual forms from slabs of marble was nothing short of amazing. His...
The Codex Purpureus Rossanensis is one of the earliest complete versions of the Gospel of Matthew and Mark and it comes with an amazingly intricate series of drawings

The Codex Purpureus: the first Illustrated book comes from Italy

We all love – or should love – books. They keep the essence of culture and help passing it on to the next generations. They tell stories: invented,...

Celebrating National Italian American Heritage Month

Between 1820 and 1992 over five and a half million Italians left their homes to make new lives in the United States of America. They were following...

Feeling Italian with Columbus Day and Heritage Month

Is it fair to say that we live through memories? Partly yes, because we formulate our entire lives in a chronological sequence that accumulates and...
Saint Francis by Cimabue (Assisi1285-1288)

San Francesco of Assisi, the first environmentalist

As Italy prepares to commemorate its patron saint on October 4th, we’re reminded of his life’s work. Living in poverty, renouncing worldly goods and...
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Milan 1495-1496) is one of the world's most famous paintings

A Visit to Leonardo’s Last Supper

T he Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, most famous works of art of all times. As such, it has always attracted...
Dalle povere ciociare in posa per gli artisti alla nascita delle modelle

Dalle povere ciociare in posa per gli artisti alla nascita delle modelle

Le modelle sono invenzione dei ciociari nelle vie della loro permanente emigrazione. Incontriamo questo termine nel libro di Susan Waller, uno dei...
Concentrato di napoletanità nel ‘Guappo’ americano

Concentrato di napoletanità nel ‘Guappo’ americano

Dopo una serie di “conversazioni americane” avviate attraverso la rubrica “Questione di parole” pubblicata da L’Italo-Americano, sull’ipotesi dell’...
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...
Chalk portrait of Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni, circa 1621

Discovering the dark world of Caravaggio in Rome

One of the most macabre and moving self-portraits in the world is in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. It’s not labelled as a self-portrait - it’s David...

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