LIFE & PEOPLE

The best harvest method, holds Mr. Lo Monaco, is the traditional one: hand-picking the olives from the plant. “It allows you to pick the fruit at the desired ripeness, in the best conditions, when it is whole, and without it touching the ground,” he explained. Photo courtesy of Azienda Agricola Lubes Maria

Apulia’s Liquid Gold: Fruity, Bitter and a Touch of Spicy

If you’ve ever visited the Apulian countryside, you’ve walked amongst the giants. The majestic ulivi secolari (centuries-old olive trees) have stood...

Italian … makes Italians

“Fatta l’Italia, bisogna fare gli Italiani,” famously said Massimo D’Azeglio shortly after the unification of Italy. And he was right: in those...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part I): Fellini and Rimini

I n the summer of 2015, the city of Bologna hosted in its town hall a successful exhibition titled Emilia-Romagna, terra di cineasti (Emilia-Romagna...

Scientific Truths: A Conversation with USC Professor Gale Sinatra

As we look at the history of humanity, we often focus on the individuals who made fundamental discoveries and enabled us to advance our knowledge, by...

Writer Eric Scigliano digs into topics from marble quarries to ocean currents

Eric Scigliano has been reporting on science and environmental topics for more than 30 years. Raised in the Midwest, he arrived in Seattle in the...
Giulio Iacchetti was the Ambassador for the Bay Area of the First Italian Design Day. Ph: Istituto Italiano di cultura San Francisco Facebook page

Giulio Iacchetti Explores the Leading Role of Italian Design in the World

On March 2nd, San Francisco celebrated the First Italian Design Day. Hundred Italian institutes worldwide greeted designers, entrepreneurs,...

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 ‘...
Simple, perfect, unchanged almost one hundred years later: the original, aristocratic Negroni remains the most loved

Give me a Negroni! The history of one of Italy's most iconic drinks

I have lived for fifteen years outside of Italy and had to endure the oh-so-harsh reality my beloved adoptive country knew next to nothing about...
Tricarico is the birthplace of poet and writer Rocco Scotellaro  and was also the home, for more than a decade,  of the American anthropologist and writer, Ann Cornelisen. Tricarico. Photo by PasBel

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part II)

After three eventful days in Naples, we rented a car and drove over the mountain pass to the Amalfi Coast, the iconic site of southern affluence and...
(L-R) Makeup artists Christopher Allen Nelson, Giorgio Gregorini and Alessandro Bertolazzi, winners of the award for Makeup and Hairstyling for 'Suicide Squad'. Photo by PopularImages

The Italian Oscar-winner makeup and hairstyling team behind Suicide Squad

If I had to extrapolate a “common denominator” from the Italian artistic team that won this year’s Academy Award for Best Achievement in Makeup and...

Northwest Italian Radio Show blazes a new trail

Everyone wants to be Italian! That pretty much sums up the raison d’etre of one of the Northwest’s most lively and fun radio talk shows. The...

Best Markets in Italy: The Ballarò street market in Palermo

What comes to mind when you think of Sicily? Breathtaking Mediterranean beaches? The movie The Godfather , perhaps? If it’s not the overabundance of...
Maria Rosa, Enrico, Eleonora, Lorenzo & Elisa Tallone at the Tallone publishing house, Alpignano, Torino, Italy (Photograph by Maurizio Bosio)

Tallone Fine Print Books Visits San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area has been fortunate to host several events highlighting the notable work of Italy’s prestigious publishing house, Tallone...
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...

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