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On this episode of You, Me and Sicily we take you to the Province of Siracusa. First stop is Ortigia, the magnificent and historic island. Then we head to the Archeological park in the city of Siracusa to see some …

The combination of great food, fine wines, heritage and history, culture and climate continue to make Italy a firm favorite with travelers from around the globe. Many visitors to Italy return time and time again for romantic breaks, family holidays, …

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Separated by a mere two miles of sparkling sea at its shortest distance, the island of Sicily sits off the toe of Italy’s “boot,” looking somewhat like a football readied for the punt.  Italian by association, yet distinct and unique …

October, the month Italo-American organizations throughout the United States celebrated Columbus Day with parades and public festas, is becoming a thing of the past. Since the 1992 Columbus Quincentennial commemorations, political activists have been watering down Columbus Day Discovery celebrations, to …

At the foot of Rome’s Capitoline Hill, by the staircase leading to the Piazza del Campidoglio, seat of the city government since the Middle Ages, a statue of a hooded man waving a sword commemorates a crime. On this spot …

Agnolotti are Piemonte’s best comfort food: warm, filling, tasty, they are so quintessentially Piedmontese they are part of the region’s official list of traditional products (P.A.T.).  Reassuring in their ubiquitous presence on Piemonte’s festive table, they are today  declined in …

This past 4th of July, the US Embassy in Rome celebrated the 244th Independence Day anniversary unusually. It didn’t only move all celebrations online — because of the pandemic and the consequent ban on gatherings — but it also decided …

We usually say that America is a melting pot of cultures and races, but did you know that, according to  genetic research, Italy may be just as varied? The study was carried out by a team of researchers from Rome’s …

Valtellina is a beautiful alpine area in the Sondrio province of Lombardia. You may think not to know it, but you’re certainly familiar with places like Bormio and Livigno, famous for their ski resorts and picturesque views; truth is, Valtellina …

You are certainly familiar with it, the curnicello, or cornetto, that red chili pepper Neapolitans use to attract good luck and be protected by evil forces, or malocchio, as they call it. Found often on market stalls,  it has become …

Over 26 million Americans of Italian descent currently reside in the United States, making Italian Americans the seventh largest ethnic group. Every October, the Italian-American Heritage Month aims at recognizing the contributions and achievements of these people and their ancestors …

The first weekend in October is usually busy for San Francisco. Residents and travelers greet the San Francisco Fleet Week to honor all men and women serving in the armed forces and celebrate the oldest Italian Heritage Parade of the …

A lot of people in Los Angeles, especially baseball fans, will miss eating at the stadium during a Dodgers’ match:  food has always been part of the experience. Fries, hot dogs, nachos, carne asada, you name it, you could find …

Over 72,000 visitors in one week at the port of San Pedro. It is clear that it was a success. In the same place where Italian fishermen once arrived from the old country seeking the lost horizons of Sicily and …

At first glance, elephants and Seattle seem an unlikely pairing. Why would the world’s largest land mammal, found in Asia and Africa, have so intrigued residents of the Pacific Northwest? Yet two Seattle companies have used this massive animal for …

Tod’s is an iconic Italian brand synonymous with luxury leather goods, known primarily for its exquisite shoes and handbags. The brand’s origins date back to the early 20th century when Filippo Della Valle, a skilled cobbler, founded a small shoe …

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July 4th, for all of us, is Independence Day, but it also marks an important milestone in automotive history: the debut of the Fiat 500. Introduced in 1957, this compact car became a true symbol of Italian post-war motoring and …

The Caesar Salad, a culinary classic famous around the world, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this month. This iconic dish, known for its distinctive combination of crisp romaine lettuce, creamy dressing, and crunchy croutons, has a pretty interesting history, which …

Festival Napa Valley is back for the 2024 Summer Season, taking place in July at venues across Napa Valley. One of the most exciting evenings will be on July 16th with the Maria Manetti Celebrates La Dolce Vita! Honoring Sophia …

Dear readers,  The reason Coca-Cola and not green tea is consumed in copious quantities by today’s youth in Japan is a story with an Italian connection, namely Francis Gragnani, an Italian-American born in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the latter part …

Alberobello is a small town in the Puglia region, characterized by its unique charm and historical significance. Located in the province of Bari, it sits on the picturesque Itria Valley, a landscape characterized by rolling hills, olive groves, and vineyards. …

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For too long Sicily was an island given not much more than a side glance. Now a rising star in Italian tourism, she is making her mark as a top travel destination. Tourism statistics show 4.89 million visitors crossed Sicily’s …

The Italian language, like all living languages, constantly evolves and adapts to cultural shifts, technological advancements, and global interactions. One of the most notable changes in recent decades is the increasing incorporation of English words, especially in the fields of …