LIFE & PEOPLE

Luce Cinecittá e Italian Cultural Institute present FELLINI 100 organized by CinemaItalia San Francisco

2020 marks the 100th year since the birth of Italian Director Federico Fellini. He will be celebrated by Cinema Italia San Francisco through his...

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...

Living in Rome: is La Città Eterna still an amazing place to live?

I was having my first coffee watching the early morning news today and guess what: Rome was in it, again for the wrong reasons. Apparently, the area...

The bread of Tuscan life: pane Toscano DOP

Few scents evoke an emotional response like that of bread as it rises to perfection in a hot oven. Taste buds awaken, eyes widen, stomachs rumble,...

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...
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...

Travail and triumph: The tale of an Italian émigré

Life, we all know it, is truly unpredictable. There’s very little we can anticipate and we rarely think about how, at times, a cheerful, carefree...

Alba, truffle pearl: a mother lode of enterprises

When in late October 1929 Wall Street collapsed, contributing to the Great Depression of the 1930s, a rural village of Piedmont started to thrive. In...
Ciao, Mamba: Kobe Bryant’s profound affection for Italy, where he first learned to play

Ciao, Mamba: Kobe Bryant’s profound affection for Italy, where he first learned to play

Everyone knows Italy’s national sport is soccer. After that come cycling, skiing and Formula One, where the country always produced great champions...
The mystery about what makes a Stradivari so unique remains largely unsold

Stradivari and the magic of his instruments

You don’t need to be a music expert to know the name “Stradivari” (or Stradivarius, its latinized version). Along with his lesser known, but just as...

Three Tuscan “P” excursions not to miss

After all the fabulous exhibits one can see in the heart of Florence, it is possible that a little fresh air in the countryside might just be the...

Five unspoken rules everyone follows in Italy

There is a bit of Giovanni della Casa in every Italian, you know. What do you mean, who’s he? Della Casa, that dude who wrote the Galateo, in 1558...

Winter legends for an Italian 2020

Winter is such a fantastic time of the year. It’s my favorite season and I just love it. The snow, the chilly air, the color of the sky. Everything...

Welcome 2020, a year to be proud of being Italian

We’ve been living in a new decade for almost two weeks, and so many things have already happened. Yet, the month of January is, more often than not,...

Five unspoken rules everyone follows in Italy

There is a bit of Giovanni della Casa in every Italian, you know. What do you mean, who’s he? Della Casa, that dude who wrote the Galateo, in 1558...