Matera rises up on both sides of a deep ravine, its houses carved out of pale limestone, one piled on top of the other, forming a dazzling beehive of humanity. Known as the ‘City of Stones’, Matera was one of Italy’s first settlements, said to be the third-oldest continually inhabited city in the world, and its layers reveal Palaeolithic, Gothic, B...

«Nessuno potrà mai dire abbastanza bene di Rocco Petrone. Non saremmo mai arrivati sulla Luna in tempo o, forse, non ci saremmo mai arrivati senza Rocco». Con queste poche parole Isom “Ike” Rigell, ingegnere capo del Kennedy Space Center e addetto alle operazioni di lancio, restituisce tutto il peso di una figura rimasta a lungo in ombra, ma che ha...

Era figlio di emigrati italiani, Rocco Petrone, l’italiano della missione Apollo 11 di cui il prossimo 20 luglio ricorre il 50° anniversario. A ricordare questa singolare figura di scienziato, l’uomo chiave della missione, è il giornalista Renato Cantore nel libro “Dalla terra alla luna. Rocco Petrone, l’italiano dell’Apollo 11”, con prefazione di ...

The Apollo 11 moon landing was 50 years ago, but the images of humans walking on the powdery lunar surface, the earth rising behind them, are every bit as awe-inspiring today as they were in 1969. In Matera, the city in Southern Italy that’s the 2019 European Capital of Culture, this powerful moment will come to life with the Apollo Soundtrack, a m...

For the 73rd time in their history, Italy and Italians celebrated the Festa della Repubblica, with events across the globe aiming to underline the relevance of what happened in the country in 1946. June 2nd became a public holiday only in 2000 though, when Italian President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, decided to make a National Day of ce...

Viggianello is a Borgo with a strong Byzantine and Norman influence. The monks who created the laure were Byzantines (groups of monastic cells with a church in common), still visible in the historic center. The Borgo incorporates the ancient Arab residential area that corresponds to the Ravita district (IX century). After the Saracen domination, th...

Nel pomeriggio del 4 giugno all’Ames Research Center della Nasa di Mountain View in California si è tenuto un convegno volto a rafforzare la cooperazione nel settore dello spazio tra Italia e Stati Uniti e a celebrare nell’occasione il ruolo di Matera, sia come Capitale Europea della Cultura sia quale città strategica delle tecnologie spaziali ital...

Shot in Matera. A Film Retrospective Celebrating Matera. 2019 European Capital of Culture. Free Admission | RSVP Required. IIC SF: 601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F (Opera Plaza), San Francisco (CA); BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley (CA) Jun 23, Jul 5, Aug 8 | IIC SF - CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI - Dir. Francesco Rosi - Bay Area Premiere Full-Length Digita...

Join us for the Opening Reception of the photo exhibit Probable Landscapes (Paesaggi Probabili), by Nico Colucci. For the occasion, harpist Giuliana De Donno and composer and cellist Vito Paternosterwill join us in celebrating Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019. Part of the celebration is the film retrospective Shot in Matera (details will be...

For as long as I’ve known my friend Val, she has never had any trouble shopping … until she joined me on a trip to Italy. A new designer wardrobe would have been as simple as a credit card transaction in Milan. In Sicily, you might need to slip a few extra euros under the table to get a perfectly tailored suit. But I’ve dragged Val on a road trip a...