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Italy’s Frecce Tricolori during a performance @ Aeronautica Militare

Frecce Tricolori: flying high Italy’s flag

F ive biplanes dive down into their targets. The head of the group noses up and makes a full loop, while the others fringe off while turning upside...

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...

Isola delle Femmine, where the majesty of ‘Joltin’ Joe’ DiMaggio lives on

“ Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” Simon and Garfunkel sang in their 1960s song Mrs. Robinson. Baseball...

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...

Ferrazzano: Giovanni Di Niro and the toiling Molisans who made America great

Though ancient, the aerie of Ferrazzano has survived unspoiled into the 21st century. The medieval village of Samnite origin also gave birth to actor...

Michelangelo, his father’s son

It is often reported that kids today no longer go out to the streets to play with their friends and to engage in discovering novel adventures, as it...

Has getting a $1 house in Italy just become easier?

Our readers may remember we did tackle the subject before: there are homes for sale in Italy for just 1 euro. Mind, the news made it big in the US,...
Members of the Arciconfraternita del Carmine

Faith, tradition, identity: Easter as the symbol of Italy’s own heritage

For Christian Catholics, Holy Week is the most spiritually pregnant moment of the year, even more than Christmastime. But in Italy, this is a time...

Easter Eggs!

Let’s be honest , it’s not only kids who love chocolate eggs : we all do! Indeed , the egg has a very ancient symbolism : it always represented life...

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...

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,...

Mystery and history of art merge together in the Sola Busca tarots

A solitary woman dressed in dark regal hues, her fingers adorned with topazes and opals, a voice as deep and smooth as the softest of velvets. She...

The story of lorighittas, the Sardinian pasta only women can make

Sardinia, cradle of history and special traditions, holds within also plenty of culinary secrets. Let’s ideally travel to the west of the island. We...

A day in the life of… Gladiators

Gladiators: the stars of the ancient Roman world: but it’s not gold all that glitters. Before Pompeii and Hercolaneum were rediscovered by...

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