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Stop, I can't climb any higher,' I explained. 'But I can't leave you here on your own,' our guide replied, 'there are bears and wolves in this area.' He assured me the view would be worthwhile, so I clambered up the last steps to Rocca Calascio, the highest fortress in Italy. And boy, was he right: from the top of its battlements, 1,500m above sea...

Dine on fabulous Italian cuisine and be treated like family at La Vigna Italian Restaurant where Chef Giuseppe Vitale works his magic in the kitchen making everything from scratch, including pasta, bread desserts, and his famous mozzarella. His son Anthony welcomes his loyal guests and manages the front of the house with an expert team of well-dres...

World renowned artist and sculptor, Franco Alessandrini was born in Sansepolcro, Italy in 1944.  At the early age of 14, Mr. Alessandrini was recognized as a master artist, beginning his career with his first one man show in 1958.  His formal study of art and training was in Florence.  He quickly continued building his portfolio and his reputation...

To say pizza is having a moment in Los Angeles doesn’t really do justice to what’s happening in this city. The fact is the pizza scene is exploding and there doesn’t seem to be any slowing down. There was a time when New York transplants would complain that you couldn’t find a New York slice worth the cheese that was baking on it. And they were rig...

Florence is home to great masters of Italian Renaissance art such as Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo but few people know that the city nourished women artists as well. Through the joint efforts of Italian museums such as the Uffizi and the US organization Advancing Women Artists, these often-forgotten women are now being rediscover...

Casa Leopardi, the birthplace of the well-known Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, will for the first time on March 21 open the chambers where he and his brothers lived and the 'noble floor' to the public. The mansion is located in the town of Recanati in the central Italy region of Marche, where the poet was born in 1789. "Ove Abitai Fanciullo" ("Wher...

This month, celebrated Scottsdale, AZ chef and restaurateur Gio Osso of Virtù Honest Craft opens a casual yet elegant spinoff concept called Pizzeria Virtù right down the street from Virtù Honest Craft in Old Town Scottsdale. The focus of Pizzeria Virtù is Neapolitan pizza, and the menu will also feature Italian small plates and a selection of sala...

The Italian American Political Coalition will present Franco Coladipietro with its William Paca Award and Anthony Onesto with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual Heritage Celebration on March 11 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. (708-369-2500) Coladipietro has been the village president of Bloomingdale, Illinois, and a member of the Du...

The five kaleidoscopic villages of the Cinque Terre, nestled in the hills of the Italian Riviera, are undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to northern Italy. And, judging by the massive flood of tourists and omnipresence in social feeds, the idyllic cluster of untouched-by-time villages in the northwestern region of Liguria is the highlight of ev...

The New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators, formed by state lawmakers who celebrate the state’s Italian American community, is now accepting applications for the group’s 2020 academic and athletic scholarships, state Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Griffo announced Thursday. Current high school seniors and college students w...

1. And, Italy’s capital goes to… Garibaldi isn’t the most popular figure among Americans who descended from Southern Italy, but it was he who declared Rome as Italy’s capital in 1870, while the country’s Unification movement came to a close. Florence was the capital, prior to the historic decision. 2. A penny for your thoughts Each year, tens of th...

Last year my entire family grieved the closing of J. Noto Bakery in St. Peters. Located just down the road from my parent's house, the bakery was one of our favorites spots, and a slight panic set in as we wondered where we would now find flavorful sandwiches or cinnamon rolls the size of my face. When Kendele Noto Sieve’s dad, Jasper Noto, announc...