Cari Amici, we invite you will join us online for a very special event Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, live from Tom Tedesco’s Studio, for an Epiphany celebration hosted by Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni and Music Director John La Barbera, co-founders of I Giullari di Piazza. For tickets visit here.  This will be a special o...

Faithful to its Catholic traditions, Christmas is very much a religious affair for many people in Italy. Nativity scenes are often considered more important than Christmas trees when it comes to decorating for the festive season. Every year, millions of people recreate the scene of the birth of Jesus as described in the Bible: Mary and Joseph cradl...

Emotions are running high this holiday season at the Martino Zanchi Foundation nursing home in northern Italy near Bergamo after months of near-total isolation for its residents. Long-time resident Celestina Comotti was disbelieving as a staff member read aloud a Christmas greeting from a family peering at her expectantly over a video call. “Damn!’...

Chingedy ching. Hee haw, hee haw!” Some years it starts as early as November. Right when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, when the leaves die, when the grass gets cold and hard, people begin to ask me, “Dominick? Like ‘Dominick the Donkey’? Have you ever heard the song?” My name is Dominick, so of course I’ve heard the song. Whether I like i...

"Dear Santa Claus, all I want for Christmas is to hug Papà" - Rome hospital lets children hug their parents thanks to anti-covid curtain. Rome's S. Raffaele hospital has made the wishes of its little patients come true after the children had asked Santa Claus to help them to hug their parents, following months of separation due to the coronavirus p...

Considered the crossroad between the Mediterranean and Central Europe, Trentino Aldo-Adige is one of Italy’s northern-most regions and is breath-taking, full of culture and snow-covered landscapes. Besides this year due to the pandemic, Bolzano, the largest city in the region hosts a magical Christmas market. Roughly 80 exhibitors set up their boot...

It’s not even up for debate. Italy is one of the grandest places on earth. Period. What then would we expect during the Christmas season in Italy but the best of ways to celebrate it! One day? How about one month! Christmas Day —  it’s a big day for many reasons, a day that retailers started prepping us for in early July. But the 24 hours of the 25...

Over the past 17 years, tens of thousands of fans have experienced Cristina Fontanelli's Christmas in Italy, a musical journey through popular Italian songs, arias, Christmas classics and dance, in New York City. This year, the award-winning singer, actress and PBS-TV host, decided to share this joyous concert - far and wide - to fill even more hea...

Since this is the final episode before the Feast of the Seven Fishes and Christmas arrive in earnest, we’re sending you into the holiday in style with our Italian American Christmas Musical Revue! As many of us will be celebrating a more sedate version of our favorite holiday this year because many families are kept apart in these unprecedented cir...

The Christmas season in Wooster Square used to begin with the decorations that were placed in downtown New Haven. You see, we were all just a few blocks away from the splendor that was created in the store windows, the lighted arches across Chapel Street with a small tree on either side, Santa and the reindeer sailing through the air on the corner...