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In his day, Luca Giordano (1634-1705) was famous, long-lived, and much travelled. Born in Naples, he worked there, in Florence and in Venice, and later in life for the court in Spain, before returning to paint in his native city, which was then under Spanish rule. By the 19th century, however, the baroque, and most especially the Neapolitan Baroque...

There are plenty of opportunities to learn about Italian cuisine both in Italy and abroad, but no foodie should pass up the chance to take a class at Casa Artusi in Emilia Romagna, a region renowned for its culinary prowess. (For many, that would be online now, in-person when travel resumes, although the school is conducting socially-distanced clas...

Se l’Albero è il simbolo del Natale, il Presepe ne rappresenta la tradizione anche oltreoceano. Nella grande America in questo periodo dell'anno parte una competizione tra le varie grandi case, le luci diventano protagoniste, assieme a ghirlande, si vedono i mega addobbi e non c'è limite alla creatività.A noi dell'Associazione Oll Muvi, conosciuti...

Greater demand for rural property has been widely reported in the UK this year, and recent comments from Italy-based estate agencies suggest the trend has also touched the land of Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. ‘I have seen many more buyers looking for properties, perhaps as many as four times more than the period before the [Covid-19...

Carol Tolosko created Centi­fonti’s restaurant as a nod to her great grandfather Cosmo Centifonti who immigrated with his wife Carmela, in the late 1800s from Abruzzi, Italy to Burlington, New Jersey. Cosmo started his “One Stop Shop” — a delicatessen, with an ice cream parlor, candy store, smoking lounge and a bar. Tolosko wished to emulate the co...

There can be little doubt that the story of working-class Italian-Americans making the big time in boxing is a truly loved and time-tested one; especially with an abundance of such heroes hailing from NY. From the “Rocky” franchise to “Raging Bull,” popular culture has also played its part in incubating the relationship between American citizens of...

One of the many nicknames for Venice is The Floating City, and a new luxury cruise ship has sourced the inspiration for the interiors of its ‘floating boutique hotel’ from the City of Water. The completely refurbished S.S. La Venezia has been decked out in traditional Venetian-inspired designs, and its classic appeal makes it look like a modern tak...

Every evening at 8pm and 8.15pm, two ferries leave the port of Naples and cut their way across the inky Tyrrhenian Sea to Palermo. The one that leaves second arrives first, at 6.45am, while the other docks at 7.30am, or thereabouts. We are always late booking travel for our annual summer trip to my partner’s hometown in Sicily, so take whatever we...

To remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war. This entry is a special submission from Albert F. Marra dedicated to his father Frank Marra who lived until he was 102 years old and passed away recently from Covid-19. T...

In 1972, Italian singer Adriano Celentano wrote a song with nonsensical lyrics supposed to sound like American English. It went to number one - and is still being shared online today.  'The song was number one in the Italian charts despite the fact that it wasn’t performed in Italian - or in any language. It went on to become number one in France,...

Join us on December 14, 2020 for our third True Italian Taste Master Class “Boot” Camp. During this Master Class, participants will be led on a guided exploration of the flavors of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region by a panel of expert speakers including Francesco Lupo (prosciutto specialist, consultant to the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, and foo...

A first-generation Italian American, Anna Maria Pierini always felt her most fulfilling blessing was to be an Italian born in America.  She was born in 1949, in Reno Nevada, to Pete and Maria Pierini, natives of Lucca, Italy who kept the Italian language and cultures strong in the home. Anna Maria’s youth was spent between Carson City, NV, Lake Tah...