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Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians, and Happy Holidays! While we are working on the 2019 yearbook that will be available very soon, we would be happy if the readers of We the Italians would choose our previous books as a Christmas present. That's why there's a new promotion, you can find them all discounted at $18: the one from 10...

Rome is home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Its history is closely intertwined with the events of the Roman Catholic Church and the papacy, which over the centuries has played the roles of both protector and persecutor of the Roman Jews.  Culturally rich and vibrant, even though it is spread out throughout the city, the Roman...

There is no better month than December, when we celebrate Christmas. Christmas lunch is always prepared with so much effort and love by everyone. This year, for my Christmas lunch, the important ingredient will be duck, a prized meat with a strong and aromatic taste. The orange duck is certainly a refined dish, with ancient Tuscan origins. Ginger i...

Palmanova represents one of the most successful models of “ideal fortress city” actually built: a real jewel for architecture, military – but not only – lovers.  Its star shape, with nine identical points, is in fact a hymn to urban perfection and symmetry. Two defensive lines were built, consisting of embankments supported by stones and bricks. Th...

For those of you who may be eligible for Italian citizenship by descent, proving that you actually qualify for citizenship comes with the task of gathering multiple documents to demonstrate that you are in fact already an Italian citizen due to your Italian ancestry. In your search for this information, sometimes people find themselves becoming qu...

On November 13, 1895, the English writer Oscar Wilde was imprisoned in the Reading prison in London on charges of obscene acts because of his homosexual relationship with Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, known as Bosie. Three years later Wilde was in Taormina where he took refuge at the Hotel Victoria, attracted by the atmosphere made famous throughout E...

The Italian Enclaves Historical Society was created in April of 2019. The organization’s motto is: “making Italian American history every day” by documenting the people, places and things that showcase Italian culture in the United States in the twenty-first century. As over six million Italians migrated to the United States between the mid 1800’s...

The municipalities of Monti Sibillini Park represent a unique occasion to live the wonders of the past in full, and to discover the treasures that have been curated by man throughout the centuries – in part so that they could adapt to their natural environment, wild – and often hostile - as it was.  A travel experience in these parts can be akin to...

Pierina Legnani was the very first Prima Ballerina Assoluta and one of the greatest ballerinas ever. She was born on October 1st 1868 in Milan. Legnani began dancing at the age of 7 and after a year of private teaching, she was accepted into “La Scala, where she trained for ten years. In her final year, she acted as an understudy to the Prima Balle...

Here we are again: the year is almost over and a new one will start soon. So, I thought I would take a good look at what expressions are typical of this period of time, of December, of Christmas, and generally speaking of the end of the year. Let’s begin!  First, let’s look at the month of December. Starting from the beginning, Italians say Santa L...

Mentions of culatello date from 1332, when it was given, as a precious gift, to noble spouses and wealthy lords. Loved by the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio and the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, culatello, which was once used as a precious medium of exchange, has its roots in the historical memory of the peasant culture, which still exists in the farmho...

Cymbals are very ancient in origin: the prehistoric pair of cymbals on the mummy of an Egyptian religious musician displayed in the British Museum in London shows that they were in existence as early as 2000 BC. The manufacture of cymbals was concentrated in China and in Turkey, where methods were discovered to make this instrument more durable and...