Known as much for her blaze of red hair as her jazz singing and bright, if restrained, floral arrangements, Rosalba Piccinni is a florist, artist, and entertainer. Though she easily blends flowers, food, and music at her cafe Potafiori in Milan, Bergamo, her hometown, is the place she loves above all others in Italy. This interview is part of The W...

BENEDETTO GERVASIO (1915-1990) WAS ARGUABLY the most famous and best puppet-master of the province of Bergamo. In the late 1940s, he and his wife, Giuseppina Cazzaniga, decided to commit themselves to the art of puppeteering, which occupied them until his death. In 1993, the Benedetto Gervasio Foundation was set up, and Museo del Burattino was even...

The night of San Lorenzo in Italy is approaching, for that day that falls on August 10 you can see from the earth the astronomical phenomenon of the Perseids. They are a meteor shower that the Earth goes through every year during the summer period . The meteor shower usually arrives at the end of July and lasts until mid-August with peaks of visibi...

On June 1, 2021, UNICO District X Governor Anthony Bengivenga met with Mayor Gianluca Sala at the municipal center in Terno D'Isola, Bergamo Italy to reaffirm their sister city pact which was initiated in 2009 with South Plainfield, NJ and the Plainfields' Chapter of UNICO National. Anthony was told that he was the first American to enter Bergamo a...

The project "Biodiversity inside the city: Bergamo's Val d'Astino" wins the third edition of the Italian National Landscape Award and becomes the Italian candidate for the seventh edition of the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe. National Landscape Award: what it is In 2016, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Touris...

Casoncelli, also known as casonsei in the local dialect, is a typical first course of Lombardy, in particular in the cities of Bergamo and Brescia. Casoncelli is a kind of stuffed fresh pasta, shaped like a wrapped candy. The filling varies depending on where you are: in Brescia, it’s traditionally made of leftover beef and fresh salami (pasta di s...

Every Monday night in the northern Italian town that had perhaps the highest coronavirus death rate in all of Europe, a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress leads group therapy sessions in the local church. “She has treated survivors of war,” the Rev. Matteo Cella, the parish priest of the town, Nembro, in Bergamo province, said of th...

Every Monday night in the northern Italian town that had perhaps the highest coronavirus death rate in all of Europe, a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress leads group therapy sessions in the local church. “She has treated survivors of war,” the Rev. Matteo Cella, the parish priest of the town, Nembro, in Bergamo province, said of th...

Five years ago, a small-town soccer club from Bergamo was struggling to stay in the Serie A, the Italian national league, eventually getting itself into the 17th position. Last year, the Atalanta soccer team clinched the third spot in the final standing and accessed the UEFA Champions League for the second year in a row. The team has indeed managed...

The city of Bergamo has Celtic origins. Its name derives from the words "Berg" (a mountain) and heim (a house). Surrounded by the Pre-Alps, the city was soon conquered by the Romans who did not miss an opportunity to use this natural strategic stronghold. With the end of the Roman Empire, Lombards and Franks followed one another in the dominion of...