Strike up the bands! We’re talking about marching bands drawn from 131 villages in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, joined by 10 bands from elsewhere in Italy and Europe. They filled the squares, alleyways and courtyards citywide for the colorful opening ceremonies on Jan. 19 saluting Matera, 2019 Cultural Capital of Europe (a twin-bill w...

Carlo Levi’s memoir, “Christ Stopped at Eboli,” was a literary sensation in post-Fascist Italy. First published in 1945, the book is Levi’s memorable account of life among impoverished Italian villagers in the 1930s. Three decades later, an immersive and engaging film adaptation directed by Francesco Rosi enshrined the book’s underlying neorealist...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 @6pm–7pm PDT. Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89117. The talk is part of the Discovering Italy Series offered through the Sahara West Library. Matera is a town in Basilicata in the arch of the boot of Italy.A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matera is famous for its remarkable “Sassi” neighborhoods ca...

Native to Asia Minor, the legendary olive tree spread to Italy through the Greek colonisers. Later, the Romans promoted the cultivation of these valuable and versatile fruits in every land they conquered, perfecting the tools for pressing oils and the techniques for storing the oil.   The evidence of the presence of olive cultivation in Vulture is...

Ci sono le ricerche sui carnevali campani di Roberto De Simone e le registrazioni salentine di Giovanna Marini, le raccolte storiche come quella di Elvira Nobilio e le rilevazioni abruzzesi di Marco Müller: uno sterminato patrimonio di suoni, canti e narrazioni sta per essere restituito a una fruizione pubblica, sottratto all'oblio e ospitato in un...

Katie Parla’s grandmother had told her that their family was from Naples. So when Parla moved to Rome in 2003, she took trips south to explore the city of her ancestors. She became convinced after several trips that the connection she felt to sprawling, robust, unique Naples was in her blood. Then, after her grandmother passed, Parla learned she wa...

The Chiesa del Purgatorio (Church of Purgatory) was built between 1725 and 1747. It, like other “purgatory churches,” was constructed as a place for people to pray for the souls trapped in limbo between heaven and hell. The upper part of the facade shows angels, fruit baskets, and penitents wrapped in flames. On the lower part, the wooden door is d...

Ten ancient Italian beech forests which extend from Tuscany to Basilicata are recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage for their exceptional naturalistic value and the incredible biodiversity that characterizes them. The Italian Ancient Beech forests protected by UNESCO fall within the context of the transnational environmental site of the "Primeval...

Are you sure you know everything about Carnival in Italy? We will help you with an excursus that goes from the origins, through the typical masks and sweets of the Italian carnival tradition, up to the indication of the most beautiful carnivals in Italy. The origins of Carnival in Italy and beyond are closely linked to religious culture, as they ar...

Sasso di Castalda is a town in the province of Potenza (Basilicata), known above all for its double Tibetan bridge, the "Ponte alla Luna". From here, in 1921, Antonio Petrone and his wife Teresa DeLuca left for America, moving away from the south despite the work of Antonio, a member of the Carabinieri, with the awareness that they wanted to offer...