By Daniel Bethencourt   In what could be dubbed an act of criminal irony, a statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Detroit was vandalized just in time for this year's Columbus Day. The statue, located at Jefferson and Randolph right next to city hall, was splashed with fake blood, and a hatchet was taped to his forehead as if it had...

Tony Ciccone, co-owner ofCiccone Vineyard and Winery, talks with Greening of the Great Lakes host,Kirk Heinze, about the challenges faced by the wine industry and its impact on Michigan's economy.   Michigan apple growers may have benefited from the low temperatures during the winter of 2014, but grape growers and wine producers did not. The...

When Pierette Simpson was nine years old, her grandparents sold everything in their native Italy to bring her to America. But along the way, The Andrea Doria luxury liner collided with another ship, The Stockholm, and sank. A lifeboat saved Simpson and her family. But 51 people died, and the captain was unjustly blamed for the catastrophe near Cape...

Alfa Romeo is still scheduled to return to the U.S. with the 4C in the second quarter, and more Alfa models will arrive in calendar year 2015, to be sold both in Maserati and "best performing" Fiat dealers, Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an hour-long press conference at the North American International Auto Show.   Marchionn...

Singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble were discovered when the three singers appeared individually on Italy's televised singing competition – "Ti lascio una canzone." The show's creator/producer Roberto Cenci had the lads perform as a trio during the program's fourth episode, thus launching the group's career. Now Il Vol...

This 8-week fully ONLINE course will provide students with a background in business Italian at the intermediate level. Students will: Gain a foundation in the vocabulary used in the business world, Write business correspondence in Italian, Learn through interactive lessons with local Italian entrepreneurs, Better understand the culture of...

Cleveland's Severance Hall was included in the eight-city American tour of the Antonio Stradivari 1726 "Ex Adams Collection" violin played by Matteo Fedeli with pianist Andrea Carcano. Presented by The Consulate of Italy in Detroit commemorating the Year of Italian Culture in the USA 2013, the program of short pieces served well to show off the ric...

Embassy of Italy in Washington12 July 2012On 9 July Ambassador of Italy Claudio Bisogniero visited Detroit to meet with representatives of the Italian business community there. After meeting with FIAT-CHRYSLER CEO Sergio Marchionne, the ambassador had a working lunch with representatives of Oakland County, where a large number of Italian firms such...

Lately, Detroit has been several times in the news that describe the relations between Italy and the United States. The merger between Fiat and Chrysler, the default of the city, the feared risk of closure of the Italian Consulate have often brought in the foreground the city that once was the richest in America, while today lives a difficult momen...

by Khristi Zimmeth   While many of our homes are filled with holiday decorations at this time of year, large busts and works of sculpture were common sights in upscale homes at the turn of the century, where they were often displayed in formal parlors that received guests. Linda Roach recently brought in a piece of sculpture that her childre...