La vita italiana

The heart and soul of Naples: history and poetry of the Quartieri Spagnoli

“Napule è mille culure, Napule è mille paure, Napule è a voce d’ ‘e creature che saglie chiano chianu e tu saje ca nun si sulo:” Naples is a thousand...

Due Giugno: a time to remember our rights, but also our duties

Festa della Repubblica , the day when Italy celebrates its most important institution, is upon us: on the 2nd of June , our streets fill with the...

Alberto Manzi, pioneer of distance learning

Between 1960 and 1968 RAI aired Non è Mai Troppo Tardi (It is Never too Late), a show aimed at fighting illiteracy, as more than 10% of the Italian...

Memories of Covid-19: dead in Italy will long rustle like leaves

In Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Vladimir, one of the two main characters in the existential play, suggests that the voice of the dead makes a...

Eating in a rush … Italian style

Never like today the idea of having a quick lunch while walking down the main street of our town or village has been so alluring. Whatever we picture...
Arrigo Cipriani., son of Giuseppe Cipriani founder of Harry’s Bar.  Photo credit: Cipriani’s Photos

An American walks into a bar…and creates a legend: Harry’s Bar

An American called Harry The Cipriani family has been serving drinks at Harry’s Bar on Venice’s iconic Grand Canal since 1931. Over the years it has...

Alluring Italy remains our dream – even from the armchair

A quote attributed to the 18th-century British writer, literary critic and moralist Dr. Samuel Johnson goes: “A man who has not been in Italy is...

Happy birthday, Roma! And another two thousands of these years

On the 21st of April, Rome turned 2.773 years old, but this was a very strange birthday indeed. No one was around her streets celebrating, there were...

L’Italia Chiamò: uniforms and white coats in our war against an invisible enemy

Everything started with the Aeronautica Militare ’s first flights to bring back home all the Italians living in China. They lived, worked, studied in...

La parola a voi: love for Italy from L’Italo-Americano’s readers

The fourth week on lockdown in Italy starts today, 30th of March. Fifteen days ago, I made a post on L’Italo-Americano Facebook page, asking to you...

Pasqua – a season of hope

The vigorous celebrations of Pasqua and Pasquetta in Italy -- Easter and the Monday after Easter -- are as much a part of the season of renewal as...

Italy at the times of Covid-19: fighting the virus with art

Today, 18th of March , we are just starting our second week in isolation. The streets are empty and everything is incredibly silent, without the...

Daily life during the coronavirus: changes, quirks and new habits of a country on lockdown

Here we are, our second week in isolation begins. It’s strange to think how much our existence has changed in such a short period of time. It’s...

A virus won’t stop the heart of Italy

I won’t speak about data and numbers, about contagion and hospitalizations: you can get all that type of information somewhere else. I’ve even...

A Venetian Carnevale: the Marega family and the mascareri tradition

There are two words that truly define the essence of Italian Carnevale : the first is maschera , or mask; the second is — of course — Venezia. While...