It’s difficult to imagine any sort of connection between the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and something that occurred in an unremarkable bedroom in Italy almost exactly 700 years prior. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the deep historical connections between Russia and Ukraine, at many times one and the same state, during t...

This summer Italy has relaunched 'Dante's Train,' a special route tracing the journey of the Father of the Italian Language from Florence to Ravenna, every weekend until 1 November. The vintage train takes visitors from the Tuscan capital of Florence to Ravenna in the Emilia Romagna region where Dante fled in 1302 to avoid the prospect of being bur...

Dante Alighieri is a symbol of Italy and its poetry, but also of the city he was born, Firenze. A proud Florentine, Dante never kept the love he had for his hometown a secret, so why is he buried in Ravenna? Well, because that’s where he passed, of course, but the matter of where his mortal remains should rest was the cause of mystery and diatribes...

“Dante’s Train,” a rail route tracing the journey of the Supreme Poet from Florence to Ravenna during his exile years, is returning for the summer season. Launched last year to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the vintage steam train takes travelers from Florence, the Tuscan capital, where Dante was born, to Ravenna in Emilia-Romag...

Italy marks the third edition of Dantedì, the national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri, on Friday 25 March. The annual event in honour of the mediaeval poet and philosopher - known as the Father of the Italian language - follows the 700th anniversary of his death last year. A programme of Dante-themed events takes place across Italy on Friday, fro...

Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm. Visions of Dante. A virtual program led by Carla Gambescia. Register here: zoom link will be sent before the program. Organized by Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation. Dante Alighieri is perhaps the greatest poet to have ever lived, and his La Divina Commedia is universally considered one of the very finest wo...

Italy has wonderful representatives in the United States who tell its story, exalt its culture and language, narrate its traditions and innovations, its places and its beauties. To see them from Italy, where we are always ready to describe only our worst things, is exciting. One of the most competent people I have met in this field is also a person...

Thursday March 10, 2022. 7:00pm EST. Martinos Auditorium at Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St, Providence, RI. The ninth edition of “Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour” (Rediscovered Cinema on Tour) will take place from March 10-12, 2022 at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University. The festival is curated by Massimo Riv...

This new column is born out of a personal passion, the desire to explore a new topic, the wish to present and share an important aspect of the Italian history and culture. It will focus on Italian books, both the timeless masterpieces which shaped our literature and the contemporary works that captured interest overseas.  In every article, I will t...