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Andrews Sisters, Naples, Luigi Martinelli, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Andrews Sisters in Naples - The Luigi Martinelli's Family Fortune

Dear Readers, A September selection of Italian connections: Andrews Sisters Patty, Maxene and LaVerne were in Naples, Italy, on a U.S.O. tour in...
Labor Day, Italians, Santa Clara Valley, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Labor Day and the Italians in the Santa Clara Valley

Dear Readers, The Labor Day holiday reminded me that back in the days when chips were made of wood and not silicon, the labor that enriched the Santa...
Tony Bennett, 88th Birthday, San Francisco, Count and Countess Dandini, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Tony Bennett's 88th Birthday in San Francisco - Count and Countess Dandini from Oakland

Birthday “numero 88” was celebrated by singer Tony Bennett of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” fame in North Beach recently. The following day he...
Swiss Guards, Vatican, Pope, Rome, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The history of the Swiss Guards, protecting the Pope for centuries

Dear Readers, An August assortment of Italian connections for you: Swiss Guards have been protecting the Pope for centuries. When I first visited...
Antonio Vivaldi, Italian Music, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The roots of Antonio Vivaldi and the Pomarico Vivaldi Festival

Dear Readers, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) violinist extraordinaire and one of the most prolific well-known Italian composers who composed over...
Giovanni Caselli, Telefax machine, Italian priest, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Giovanni Caselli, an Italian priest inventor of the telefax machine

Dear Readers, Bits from my bookcase. Here are a few Italian connections I recently found amidst my light-hearted summer reading: They All Laughed...
Independence Day, 4th of July, Italian American, American Revolution, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Italian participation in the American Revolution

Dear Readers, As the July 4th celebrations begin, let me refresh your memory and mine on the Declaration of Independence which began “When in the...
Strega Liqueur, Ditta Giuseppe Alberti, Benevento, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Strega Liqueur by Ditta Giuseppe Alberti in Benevento

Dear Readers, June jottings with an Italian connection: Benevento (meaning Good Winds), a city of some 65,000 “ abitanti ” always triggers memories...
Italian roots, California, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Discovering the Italian roots in Northern California

Dear Readers, California, we didn’t discover it we just enriched it, this is what I wrote during the Columbian Quintcentennial when descendants of “...
Name Day, "Onomastico", Anthony, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Name Day or "Onomastico" for Anthony

Dear Readers, In June many saintly celestial superstars are venerated and celebrated. In Italy and in Italian American homes the “onomastico” or Name...

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