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Greccio & the live nativity

Greccio & the live nativity

Greccio is a small town near Rieti, where St Francis conceived the first living nativity scene ever made in history, in 1223. To keep this tradition...
Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti is the place where Saint Francis was inspired for his encyclical "Laudato si" and where he started his spiritual journey through the Holy...
From far left, Kim Cecchini, Italian Consul General Lorenzo Ortona, and Master Butcher Dario Cecchini. Photo: Flavia Loreto

Master Butcher Dario Cecchini Closes the First Week of Italian Cuisine in the Bay Area

S an Francisco and the Bay Area welcomed a special guest for the First Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, that took place in over 100 countries in...
Early mosaic of Saint Ambrose (378 ca.) that might be an actual portrait

Milan of Ambrose: ‘Where a man’s heart is, there is also his treasure’

St. Ambrose died in 397 but the world of Ambrogio lives on today in Milan. He was mourned by thousands at his funeral on a snowy night. Women sang...
Historic street "San Gregorio Armeno" of the old town of nativity scenes with puppets of famous people in Naples.— Photo by AntonioGravante

San Gregorio Armeno: The Art of Nativity

St Francis of Assisi invented the idea. Sculptors and woodcarvers have made them for nearly 800 years. And at this time of year they’re a common...
The store is a feast for the senses, with displays of dresses, sunglasses, jewelry, shoes, food products and more. Photo: ACV Photography

New Pop-Up Shop Brings Italy to New York for Holiday Shopping

N ew York -based Italophiles have a new resource in town when it comes to high-end holiday shopping. The city that never sleeps welcomed the OFFICIAL...
Sommelier and Wine Educator Giammario Villa. Photo Courtesy of G. Villa

Six food experts give their personal recipe for sustainability

O n November 30th, it took place, at the Italian Cultural Institute in L.A., a round table discussion about food sustainability in the greater Los...
Entrepreneur, philantropist, artist Dick Marconi. Photo Courtesy of Gaya Lynn

Dick Marconi, a success story against great odds

Dick Marconi is a man with many facets. Despite a tragic chemical accident left him blind in his left eye, he grit his teeth and pursued many...
Italisan Founder, Vera Tucci. Photo Courtesy of V. Tucci

Vera Tucci and her democratization of “Made in Italy” in the US

E ntrepreneur Vera Tucci divides her life and her heart between Italy, her home country, and the US, where her innovative e-commerce venture is...
Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia, 1399 - 1482. Credit: Chronicle/Alamy

An Unsung Genius of 15th Century Florence: Luca della Robbia

As unbelievable as it may seem, one can get used to Beauty. Try to live in a city like Florence for a bunch of years and you may end up taking even...
Portrait of Galileo Galilei. Italian School after J. Sustermans. Photo credit: Wellcome Library

Arcetri and Other Traces of Galileo's Life in Florence

As anyone who has ever been in Florence already knows, the Tuscan city abounds in all kinds of “traces” left by Italian geniuses of the past. One...
Portrait Of Lorenzo The Magnificent, Agnolo Bronzino, 1560, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Inside the Medici Chapels, the “Masters of Florence”‘s Mausoleum

It has been just a few weeks since the Italian media coverage began to be monopolized by the success of the new TV series Medici: Masters of Florence...

Bracciano: Where Modern Meets Medieval

Close your eyes. Imagine walking down winding, cobbled lanes that slope increasingly downward, wandering away from the cream and mustard colored...
Realtor Enzo Ricciardelli

Realtor Enzo Ricciardelli will help you find your dream house in L.A.

As Carlo Levi himself declared, in reference to the origins of his well-known memoir’s title, Christ Stopped at Eboli (1945): “ The title of the book...
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...

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