LIFE & PEOPLE

Palazzo Vecchio, the city hall of Florence - Italy— Photo by Leonid_Andronov

Inside the House of Medici (Part II): Palazzo Vecchio

The second landmark in our tour of the “houses of the House of Medici” in Florence is the one and only Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace). Built around the...

Giorgio Perlasca, the Italian Schindler

His story was so incredible that even his wife didn’t believe it. And if it hadn’t been for a group of Hungarian women, no-one would ever have known...
James Butler Bonham and James Bowie statues at Cenotaph memorial to the Alamo defenders, by Pompeo Coppini, in San Antonio Texas

Pompeo Coppini – Sculptor: Italian Born, Texan Reborn

Pompeo Luigi Coppini. The name itself conjures up images of greatness, eminence, and well, someone who must be pretty important, yes? Fortunate...
Poet Lucia Perillo, who passed away in October, brought a unique voice to the struggles that all humans face

Poet Lucia Perillo speaks to the struggles that all humans face

“The body tells a story/mostly about loss.” So runs a line from the poem, “Rotator Cuff Vortex” by American poet Lucia Perillo, who died October 16...
Chef Enzo Lanzadoro and his wife, Linh opened Enzo's in 2010

Dining in Puglia on Alberta Street

Portland has no shortage of good international restaurants - whatever you are hungry for you will likely find it somewhere. Northeast Alberta Street...
Italian Consul General Lorenzo Ortona, with JoJo Capece & Mrs. Sheila Ortona

Artists in San Francisco for Amatrice

On August 24, 2016, a devastating 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy. Hundreds of lives were lost, historic Apennine mountain villages are...
Diego Calaon is the Site Director of the archaeological project in Torcello, Ca’ Foscari University

Venice Between History and Archeology: A Talk with Researcher Diego Calaon

Technology represents today a powerful tool for challenging the political nature of the chronicles of the past, the one we learn as truth at school...

Alexia Melocchi and her old-time studio system in miniature

Alexia Melocchi, native of Milan, Italy, spent her teenage years in Los Angeles and, at a very young age, crossed the gateway to Hollywood. Since...
 Elisabetta Ciardullo, president of Think Italian! Events - Photo by Pina Di Cola

Think Italian! Events Brings LA’s Top Chefs into Your Home

Listening to Elisabetta Ciardullo’s first experience in the US, I couldn’t help thinking about the fictional nanny Mary Poppins. Just as the British...
English Loanwords

“Italianglo” should go: why Italians should stop using and abusing English words

Writing in English is my job, so it goes without saying I love this language. I like the way it alliterates easily and its pragmatic nature, which is...
Chef Lidia Bastianich

A Tavola with Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the renowned chef, restaurateur, author, television personality and pioneer who introduced and educated Americans to...

New Year Traditions in Italy

From scarlet undies to pig’s trotters, fireworks to fearless bridge divers or tombola to fat ox parades, Italians love to celebrate the New Year with...
he two-part series "Francesco - Il Papa Della Gente" is a gift to the Holy Father on the occasion of his 80th

Italian TV production on Pope Francis goes international

With unprecedented cooperation from people who knew and worked with Jorge Mario Bergoglio, film director Daniele Luchetti offers a thoughtful,...
From the left: Cosimo Lucchese, James Stewart, Willie William, Goetz, RJ ODonnel. Photo courtesy Lucchese Boots

Western Boots with Italian Roots: The Lucchese Boot Company

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly...and any Texan worth his or her braggin’ rights has gotta own a pair of mighty fine cowboy boots. Ask any Lone Star...
Alessandra Belloni teaching students in NYC

Alessandra Belloni Brings Ancient Italian Folk Music to New Audiences in New York

La musica italiana is a powerful art that brings people together. It will never cost you a dime in overweight luggage fees to take home. It will...

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