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Narni – Is this Umbrian town the real inspiration for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?  Long before we’d ever heard about Harry what’s-his-name, lovers of fantasy adventure have been whisked away to magical lands through C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the …

There’s an enduring love affair with Italian food amongst most Americans, Italian heritage or not. Recent rankings from food industry giants Technomic and US Foods back up the claim: Americans favor Italian, Mexican, and Chinese food – in that order …

When we think about the quintessential Renaissance artist, thoughts – quite rightly – go almost immediately to Leonardo or Michelangelo, and only those with a passion for and some knowledge of art history would mention Benvenuto Cellini. But the Florentine goldsmith is …

For decades Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua has collaborated with iconic fashion designers, such as Valentino, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. A venerable Venetian institution, the small family-run business inspired interior designers and decorators, including legendary Iris Apfel, who had furnished her New York …

Are we ready to get a ticket to visit Venice? We say it so often: some of our cities are true open-air museums, but how would we feel if we, actually, had to pay a ticket to walk their streets? …

The Etruscans are widely considered the first great cultural and military power in the peninsula. They had a developed society, good technological knowledge, a complex language, and a complex spiritual system. Their refined aesthetics were powerful enough to influence their most famous …

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Cinema has the power to bring us back in time and carry us to other places: it’s not surprising that, for many, watching a movie is the best way to relax. And if you have a connection with Italy, it’s …

Connections between sister cities can be expressed in different ways – student exchange programs, touring art exhibits, or in the case of Spokane and its sister city of Cagli, public sculptures on permanent display. Last fall, Spokane celebrated its newest sister city relationship …

The “queen of Italian cinema.” The “Italian anti-diva.” The “muse of incommunicability.” These are just a few ways experts and movie lovers talk about Italian actress Monica Vitti, who died at the age of 90 in Rome last February. She …

Italian talent is on show, between cinema (Liotta) and theater (Massini) Being Italian goes beyond image, DNA, and origins. Ray Liotta, adopted when he was 6 months old by Mary and Alfred, both children of Italian immigrants, was born and …

The Migration Project, an international exhibition bringing together 10 artists from Seattle and Italy, will open in Perugia Sept. 2 through Oct. 9. Curated by Antonio Carlo Ponti, the exhibit can be seen at the Civic Museum, located in the Palazzo …

At the Metropolitan Museum in New York, there are two perfect copies of the Bronzi di Riace. Actually, no: they are just like they were when they had been made. First of all, they are in colors, rejuvenated, free from all those …

For Italians, growing up in a household where one or both parents own a restaurant is not unusual. But how many Italians can claim that fast food pioneer Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame was a frequent house guest?   Seattle’s Dorene Centioli-McTigue, …

“I strongly wanted this new chapter of my career and I thank LAFC for this opportunity. I will always be grateful for my years with Juventus and look forward to winning more trophies in Los Angeles.” With these words, Giorgio Chiellini, …

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