First things first: learn how to order coffee. We get down to basics in Caffè Letterario where the owner, Pasquale, greets our new arrivals, putting them at ease. It’s caffè (never espresso!), cappuccino – just like English, but say latte and you’ll get milk, so ask for caffè latte, or even, latte macchiato – milk with a dash of coffee, or un macch...

The residents of a sleepy, hilltop town in southern Italy have been protesting about migrants. More than 150 people in Ripabottoni -- an isolated community of 504 people -- signed a petition to halt the closure of their village's migrant hosting center, while other locals held a rally to stop it from closing, despite rising anti-migrant sentiment i...

Il 6 dicembre 1907, 361 uomini, fra cui oltre 170 italiani, furono vittime del più grave incidente minerario occorso negli Stati Uniti e della storia dell’emigrazione italiana, verificatosi nella miniera di Monongah (West Virginia). La maggior parte degli immigrati dall’Italia proveniva dall’Abruzzo, dalla Calabria e dal Molise.  In occasione del 1...

Bernardino "Vlardino" Cardines era un italo-americano originario di Venafro: morì in Francia nel 1918 nel corso della prima guerra mondiale, combattendo per la bandiera a stelle e strisce. Per rendergli onore, oggi un gruppo di U.S. Marine Corps e il Console per la Sicurezza Bracken Murphy hanno partecipato a una cerimonia al Comune di Venafro e ha...

The name “Cacciatore” (hunter’s style) derives etymologically from its original use in the rations that hunters carried in their knapsacks during their trips. The history of the product developed hand in hand with the evolution of the rural culture typical of the regions of the production area, which provide the raw material that is processed accor...

  We all know Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily -- but ever heard of Molise? The door to Italy's deep south -- though paradoxically dubbed its "Wild West" -- Molise is the least-known region in Italy, even among Italians. A land of wolves, wild boars and ghost towns -- sacked in the past by pirates and brigands -- it offers untouched landscapes and hearty...

Stonecraft in Molise has ancient roots. It is thought that stone structures and objects were made initially to ensure people’s safety and survival. Entire districts built of stone can be found in some towns in the region, and beautiful examples of architectural and decorative features, such as capitals and statues, are not hard to find.

The recovery in southern Italy is continuing, driven by business. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.9% in 2016, after +1% in 2015: moderate growth that should continue also in the first part of 2017. And it is industry in the strict sense which is fueling this trend: its value added rose in 2016 by 3.4%: two points higher than the Italian average...

A decade ago, I would never have said much about wines from Abruzzo or Molise, except for those from a handful of producers. And even in those few cases, save for Valentini (first without equals), I wouldn’t have done so in the generally glowing terms I use today. For Abruzzo’s and Molise’s white wines were generally neutral and oxidized quickly, w...

Industry is the driving force behind the slow economic recovery in the South of Italy, a study by the Svimez think tank shows. The new figures relative to 2016 show that private investments are playing a decisive role in the consolidation of the growth path begun in 2015 (that in any case remains weak), driven by industry in the strict sense. With...