Heritage

What a movie, Casablanca. The cinematography, the aesthetics, the music, the actors, of course. Who doesn’t have in mind Humphrey Bogart, dark and handsome, with his fedora hat and trench coat, in the famous airport scene where he says goodbye to Ilsa, interpreted …

In Christianity, Lent is the period of forty days that anticipates Easter and corresponds to the forty days spent by Jesus fasting and praying in the desert of Judea, as told by the Gospels. For Catholics, this is traditionally a period of …

Naming her brings to mind a time of conspiracies, cloak-and-dagger events, and lascivious, decadent orgies of sex and wealth. But was Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI and his favorite, Vannozza Cattanei, truly such a dissolute being? According to historians …

Not many are familiar with the name Norba,  and the history behind it. Once upon a time, Norba was a flourishing, wealthy Latin town, some 30 miles south of Rome, perched on the Lepini Mountains. Its origins, much like those …

For us Italians, it is a familiar melody and we all know its lyrics. Many of us learned it in elementary school, along with the first lines of our national anthem. But the rest of the world, probably, only got …

Reprinted From Newsletter, Italian American Studies Association Among the features of Prof. Kenneth Scambray’s new book, Italian Immigration in the American  West, 1870-1940, that stand out are the episodes he relates coming directly from his Family Papers. These are by …

The history of our Made in Italy is long and many businesses and families have contributed to it. Since 2000 there is an association, the Unione Imprese Centenarie Italiane, that brings them together as “expressions of tradition rooted in our territory …

For Catholics, Easter is the most important celebration of the year. Yes, even more important than Christmas. In it, we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is considered by the faithful the ultimate proof of His divine nature. While Italians, just …

Filigree is magic: gold or silver threads, twisted together to create ephemeral shapes and delicate patterns. There is something so incredibly alluring in filigree jewelry, perhaps because it is such an  ancient tradition and one so strongly tied to our peninsula, …

Piazza San Marco is the heart of Venice and, if you’ve been to La Serenissima, you definitely spent some time there, either enjoying a Spritz at one of its many cafés or walking through the square itself, perhaps towards the Basilica, …