Culture

Italy is known worldwide for its bread: fragrant, tasty, a magnificent balance of crunchiness and softness, it is the perfect companion  to all dishes and the most essential ingredient of countless types of sandwiches.  We all know Italian bread comes …

Now dedicated to penal reform, the Confraternity’s members no longer wear penitential black. Rome’s night traffic laws prohibit dark clothing for pedestrians. But the Confraternity’s emblem remains carved in a tondo above the cornice of the church door: a severed …

Ligurians, often, don’t come across as particularly pleasant: they lack the expansiveness of our Southerners, but also the good-tempered simplicity of the Piedmontese. Perceived as perennially in a  bad mood and unfriendly to the verge of rudeness, in truth Ligurians …

The bombs’ reverberating thunder blended into hellish harmony with the fighter planes ripping the skies above. Crashes, blasts, and clenched-fist fear were the almost daily accompaniment to the rumblings of her family’s empty stomachs. “I’d clutch Nonna Luisa’s skirts while …

Dear Readers, Some extra Summer jottings with more Italian connections: Admiral Christopher Columbus statuary continues to be defaced throughout the USA but in 2020 it seems to be okay and with no “defacing public property” consequences. In Boston’s Italian North End, a beheaded Columbus statue …

Dear Readers, American History is being rewritten. Positive contributions made by our forefathers will soon disappear from our US.History Books. Before every shred of positive print is wiped out, I thought I would refresh your memory and mine by reprinting “I …

Procida is still, in many ways, a well guarded secret. Contrarily to its more famous sisters, Capri and Ischia, Procida — that, when it comes to beauty,  has nothing to envy to either of them, — remains a traditional, fishermen …

With its history connected to the mysterious Knights Templar, the walled village of Alberona could easily be used as the set for a neo-noir film. This atmospheric and depopulated Puglia borgo 30 minutes from Foggia would be perfect for an …

San Daniele del Friuli is a beautiful, quaint small town in Italy’s northern region Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the province of Udine.  It is situated on the top of a hill, half-way between the mountains and the Adriatic Sea, near …

She was an amazing lady with the grace of a swan, yet strong-willed, independent, and resilient. A splendid role model like no other in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini (April 22, 1909 – December 30, 2012) was a Nobel Prize-winning neurologist and …