One could discuss at length what characterizes us as humans; undoubtedly, one particular quality we share with few other species is a sense of beauty. The instinct to adorn and decorate ourselves is as old as mankind: and this is proven by this extraordinary archaeological find in Salento, in Apulia, at the famous site of the Grotta del Cavallo. Ye...

Mississippi State University and Italy’s University of Salento leaders are celebrating new collaborations aimed at utilizing smart technologies to advance sustainable agriculture. MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw and University of Salento Rector Fabio Pollice signed a memorandum of understanding this week in Italy promoting oppor...

Many of us who have researched our Italian immigrant family history find it to be a very rewarding experience. We develop our family tree and may even find relatives we never knew existed. The research provides a sense of closure in knowing our roots, who we are and where we come from.  Just as in any aspect of life today statistics and its data/nu...

Also this year, Apulia is on the podium of the most loved places to have a holiday. It’s simple to understand why: crystal clear waters, sand and rocks, good and genuine traditional food. Next to the most famous locations, there’s a special place, maybe less touristy:  Taranto and its district. A city surrounded by other villages with old town, can...

Puglia is a region to be discovered even if today we will focus on the Baia del Mulino d’acqua, in Otranto. This is located in the sub-region of Salento, known and appreciated not only in Italy but by tourists from all over the world who, every year, rush here to spend their holidays. As it happens for other areas of the heel of the boot: in fact,...

Growing up and even more so later in life I often reflected on what exactly did it mean to be a third generation Italian American. I knew that meant I was a descendant from family that was from Italy. Through my early genealogy research, I was able to document and layout my family roots back to Italy. In doing so there was some sense of closure of...

If you want to taste something delicious, if the smell of good food makes you drool, if you’re not afraid to ‘board and taste’ risking to burn your tongue, then you’ll simply be crazy for his majesty: panzerotto. There’s no travel in Apulia without trying this delicacy, especially in Bari where it’s acknowledged as agricultural traditional product ...

ARIES – The first sign of the zodiac, these rams love to be number one and aren’t afraid to dive into challenging situations, no matter how hard they may be. The same is true of MATERA, a city dug into a rocky outcrop in Basilicata whose challenges are (quite literally) as hard as stone. Annoyed by excessive details and needless nuances, Aries woul...

Italy celebrated the return of three stolen ancient terracotta statues, depicting “Orpheus and the Sirens”, in a ceremony on Saturday in newly unveiled Rome. Art museum is saved. Until earlier this year, the drawings – dating to about 300 BC – were on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. But Italian carabinieri officers in the countr...

A super unique Italian treat, taralli (or, when pronounced in an Italian-American dialect, ta-rahl) are a crispy, crunchy delight. The cracker-like snacks are made from a simple dough in both sweet and savory permutations, with the sweetened variation being flavored with a touch of sugar and the savory variations infused primarily with anise or fen...