silvia donati

Silvia Donati freelance journalist

Silvia Donati is a freelance journalist and a contributing editor at Italy Magazine. A native of Bologna, she specializes in everything Italy-related and has a passion for Italian-American topics. She writes about her hometown and surrounding region of Emilia-Romagna on her blog, Bologna Uncovered. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter

Some of the handcrafted wooden spinning tops made by Mauro Sarti

Bringing a Smile to Children and Grown-Ups Alike: The Spinning Top Craftsman from Bologna

Seeing the artistry behind the tiny, handcrafted wooden spinning tops Mauro Sarti makes, it is surprising to find out it all started by chance...
Kathy McCabe, host and executive producer of the new travel series Dream of Italy. Photo courtesy of Dream of Italy

The Inside Scoop on Travel to Italy with Kathy McCabe

Inspired by her unrelenting love for Italy, 12 years ago, Kathy McCabe started a newsletter devoted to travel in the Bel Paese, ‘Dream of Italy’, to...
Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate (Lecce), one of the most significant examples of Romanesque architecture in Puglia; the property is currently under restoration, and open to the public on limited days/hours. Photo credit: Francesco Franciosi © FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano

Friends of FAI: Spreading Awareness of Italy’s Cultural Heritage in the U.S.

Italy has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites - 51 - but that number doesn’t even begin to quantify the immense (too immense to handle...
The Palio of Siena is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated summer events of Tuscany, as well as the most famous horse race in Italy

“Palio”: An Insider View into the World’s Oldest (And Most Corrupt?) Horse Race

For outsiders, the Palio may just be an ancient horse race, but, to the Sienese, it is much more than that: the Palio is life, they say. Hopes,...
Vincent Ricchiuti (R) with his father Pat Ricchiuti (L). Photo credit: James Collier.

The Renaissance of California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

California olive oil producers are hard at work these days, with the olive harvest season currently under way. An unprecedented production of 4...
Assistant professor of Italian Studies at USC, Gian Maria Annovi. Photo credit: Dino Ignani

Talking Italian Culture with Gian Maria Annovi, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at USC

Those who believe there’s no culture in Los Angeles, much less Italian culture, should reconsider their belief: L.A. residents interested in learning...
L to R: the late Geraldine Ferraro, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, the late Mario Cuomo, and Aileen Riotto Sirey, Ph.D. at NOIAW's 25th Anniversary at the Rainbow Room

National Organization of Italian American Women Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Celebrations for the 35th anniversary of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) kicked off October 26 in New York City. A “...
Bibop G. Gresta

Italian Entrepreneur Bibop G. Gresta: Helping Build the Transportation of the Future in L.A.

A leading expert in digital media worldwide, Italian entrepreneur Bibop G. Gresta was a key figure in the early development of the digital market and...
Professional Genealogist Mary Tedesco

Tracing your Italian Ancestry with Mary Tedesco

If it were not for her nonna, Mary Tedesco would not be doing the work she is doing today: helping people from around the world find their Italian...
Dozza the city of painted walls

Emilia Romagna’s most beautiful Borghi

History, art, cuisine, tradition: you don’t always have to head to a major tourist town to experience these classic treasures we associate with Italy...