LIFE & PEOPLE

From a distance, the 13th century tower seems to ride the hilltop alone. A ruin or perhaps an invitation to more, its mystery is finally revealed when a cypress lined road eases to an end. A striking 13th century portal …

Giorgio Faletti was a multitalented artist: a gifted crime novelist, an inspired singer-songwriter, a stand-up comedian, and an actor who added dramatic dimensions to his onscreen persona.  The adventurous storyteller died of lung cancer in 2014 in Turin, at age …

Serene and atmospheric, the hill town of Valguarnera Caropepe sits at 629 meters above sea level on the eastern slopes of the Erei mountains in the province of Enna. The surrounding hills face the giant volcano Mount Etna, the ocean …

What does it mean to be Italian-Americans? How does our family heritage affect our culture and who we are?  In occasion of this year’s Italian Heritage Month, L’Italo-Americano had the pleasure of discussing about it with Guglielmo Botter. Architect and …

The town of Correggio is like a woman that wraps you around her sensuous waist. She is soft and jovial, filled with feverish dreams. But she is so changeable. Her mood embodies the chiaroscuro of a Renaissance canvas as light and …

Everyone knows rice is a staple of Italian cuisine — hello risotto, timballo and arancini: versatile, cheap and filling, we often forget that Italy is a paese del riso, almost like some Far East countries. Rice, in Italy, is an …

In Italy, rosa is not only the color of baby girls. Rosa means Giro d’Italia, the cycling competition we love the most. As precise as a Swiss clock, our Giro comes every May, its colorful, happy caravan traveling across the …

South of Italy, 1958. Olive trees and fields are all you can see around. Ciccio (Riccardo Scamarcio) is a 40 years old sharecropper with a dream: changing the status quo and fighting with his mates against those who exploit the …

Tourists love Italy. Rich cultural treasures, history in every cobblestone, works of art to rival the heavens, food and wine so good it hurts, landscapes made of dreams — what’s not to love? But like a dysfunctional union, that love …

In the past twelve months, we’ve all become sadly acquainted with the idea of contact tracing: used very successfully in the management of the pandemic in countries like South Korea and Israel, it hasn’t been as efficient here in Italy, …