The Adriatic coast of Italy is one with many secrets, among which two sites that have been visited by angels of all stripes: some of them have hovered over the land for centuries.  Perhaps today they have finally vacated the territory, because the many traditional - and sometimes weary sagre that used to attract every member of the villages around...

Nineteen college students from across the nation are participating in the 2019 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program, an all-expenses-paid educational and cultural initiative sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) that takes Italian American students to Italy each summer. This year’s tour will send students t...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce its 2019 Region of Honor: Molise. Each year, NIAF collaborates with a region in Italy by promoting its culture, business and tourism in the United States, while also traveling to the region to promote cultural exchange. The region will also be prominently honored at the NIAF 44t...

Giovanni “Charley” Buccigrossi nacque a Capracotta, oggi provincia di Isernia, il 9 aprile del 1888. Il padre “Frank”, nato nel 1859, emigrato prima verso il Brasile decise poi di raggiungere gli Stati Uniti. Qui trovò lavoro nella “Mount Hope Mine” di proprietà della omonima “Mount Hope Mining Company” nel New Jersey. Nel 1909 fu nelle condizioni...

Giovanni Battista D’Ippolito era nato a Venafro. Nel 1880 (altri documenti parlano del 1876) decise, per rincorrere il “sogno americano”, di emigrare verso gli Stati Uniti. Si stabilì a Vineland, nella contea di Cumberland, in New Jersey. Sposò l’italo-americana Maria Di Pasqua. I due ebbero cinque figli: Gasper, Angelo, Solve E., Henry e John. Fu...

Presidente e fondatore della NIA-PAC National Italian American Political Action Committee, un’organizzazione, con sede in Philadelphia (USA), creata per assistere e supportare i giovani italo-americani a raggiungere posizioni di rilievo a livello statale, federale e governativo nella loro carriera, Amato Berardi è anche membro della fondazione NIAF...

Marco Antonelli nacque ad Agnone nel 1857 ed emigrò negli Stati Uniti d’America all’età di sedici anni. Il giovane trovò lavoro come “portatore d’acqua” proprio mentre lo sciopero dei minatori a Coalburg, Hubbard Township, stava fallendo. Sebbene non fosse un “crumiro“, si unì alla folla di italiani che erano stati destinati alle miniere di Coalbur...

"I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: first, the streets weren't paved with gold; second, they weren't paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them. This well-known quote, said by an Italian immigrant to America, reminds us that life in the new world wasn't easy for o...

NIAF is thrilled to present its 2019 Region of Honor: Molise! Situated between the Apennines and Adriatic Sea, Molise is a mountainous region in southern Italy known for its agriculture and industry. Originally part of the Abruzzo-Molise region, Molise separated to become its own region in 1963. Molise is a charming, beautiful region with deep hist...

There is no doubt that religious festivals represent a large part of the traditional Italian heritage. An expression of faith, of course, but also events with a strong social significance and bond of belonging to the community, especially in the South: Leonardo Sciascia, in "Corda Pazza" (Mad rope), about religious festivals wrote that in Sicily th...