Heritage

Volterra and alabaster: More than 3,000 years of art in stone

The beautiful walled city of Volterra, an ancient Etruscan town some 45 miles southwest of Florence, is famous for its well-preserved medieval...

It wasn’t always the Romans: Italians before Romulus and Remus

Rome, caput mundi and glorious mother of western civilization, wasn’t the first power to rule over the peninsula. Naturally enough, a lot happened...

Syracuse Duomo: a story of 4 faiths, 6 conquerors and over 2500 years of history

Nestled on a little island, off the southeastern tip of Sicily stands a gleaming white cathedral. As the hot Mediterranean sun hits its towering...

Faith, wars and books: the eventful story of the Monte Cassino Abbey

One of the great things about modern libraries that is sometimes taken for granted is the access to books of many cultures and ages they make...

A world without Venice: a nightmare more real than we think

Last month Venice suffered the fourth highest floods in its history. Water seeped up through the drains, over the canal sides and into the houses,...

Botteghiamo, Rome and the soul of Italian heritage

Today, I feel like to write about Rome and Italian heritage, but for once - our regular readers may be aware of my penchant for classical history - I...

It’s a matter of identity. Happy Italian Heritage Month

Identity is a serious matter, but not too much. Let’s explain it better. It’s something important for the consequences and the effects it may have...

“Lumi in aria,” lights in the air: expression of art and beauty

Since the beginning of time, light has been a recurrent symbol in Christianity and, from a liturgical point of view, it refers directly to God. Light...

Italian Heritage Month: Celebrating the History of our Roots

Every time the month of October rolls around, many people think about the change of the seasons, from summer to now true fall. The holidays are just...

The legendary history of l’Isola Tiberina, the heart of Rome

Water: the locus where the world of the seen and the unseen meet, the origin of life, the strongest of protection against enemies, the most melodious...

Ciao belli! A little history of Italy’s most popular word

Isn’t Summer the perfect season for trivia? I don’t know you, but when the heat hits I suddenly develop a thirst for curious facts and tasty tidbits...

Naso: the roots of Lady Gaga

Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from...

Finding art and hospitality in Tuscany's ancient Spedali

Even though present-day hospitals all around the world are basically centers providing medical assistance and rehabilitation of the sick, the...

L’Italo Americano and its 110 years of history serving Italian heritage

Domenico Di Salvo arrived on Ellis Island on September 5, 1907. He had left on the 23 rd of August on the Koenig Albert steamer, which had been used...

IAMLA presents Italianità: Italian Diaspora Artists Examine Identity

The Italianità: Italian Diaspora Artists Examine Identity exhibition will be opening Sunday May 5th at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (...