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Games of Ancient Rome

I Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce Humans have been playing games forever. Even...
Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

T o be honest with you, I think Italians and Americans have plenty of things in common: big hearts and lovely smiles, to begin with, but also an...

Matteo Troncone and the Neapolitan “art of living”

I t’s sunny in San Francisco on the Saturday afternoon before Memorial Day. Matteo comes to San Francisco from San Luis Obispo, before taking a...
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When Tuscany was called Etruria: Sovana and the Vie Cave trails

T he Etruscans are one of the most fascinating pre-Roman civilizations but, puzzlingly, also one of those we know the least about: the real Etruscan...

A day in the life of … A Renaissance chef

Being a chef in the Renaissance wasn’t as you would imagine: restaurants as we know them today didn’t exist and the only people who could afford to...

New Orleans apologizes to lynched Italians

O n the 14th of March 1891, 11 people were accused of the murder of the chief of police. They were acquitted, but it ended up in a pogrom: the...

Easter week in the kitchen

It is nice — and unsurprising — to know that in this period of reflection and prayer, Italians have never quite forgotten about their kitchens. And...

L’uovo di Pasqua – More than Just an Egg

Just about the time when the long cold days of winter come to an end, and heavy wool coats are hung up and being put away, one can start seeing...

Celebrating an unusual Italian Easter

Chocolate eggs are stacked high in supermercati, Colomba dove cakes decorate pasticcerie windows and lambs are being made ready for the dining table...
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Cinema Italia will honor Ugo Tognazzi at its 2019 Spring Program Edition

The Spring edition of Cinema Italia San Francisco is just few weeks away. The program of April 2019 will celebrate and honor Ugo Tognazzi, the...

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...
Pasquetta, an Italian tradition

Pasquetta, an Italian tradition for Easter Monday

The Pasquetta day has historical and religious significance: indeed, Italian Catholics call it Lunedì dell' Angelo which is meant to remember the...

Gravina in Puglia, a nexus of antiquity, superstition and hopeful innovation

Deep-rooted cultural and religious rituals are resplendent in Gravina in Puglia , an ancient town sitting timelessly beside one of the many karst...

The delicious world of Valle d’Aosta

Valle d’Aosta: “heaven for men, purgatory for women, hell for mules,” but certainly delicious for our palates! Among mountains and castles, up there...

Carnevale can save us: a naughty elf, Venice and why a smile is the key of Italy’s traditions

A masked parade on the waters of Venice’s canals. The Doge’s ball. Thousands of masks walking around the city. From the party on the Rio del...

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