In Europe where Kobe Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star was being remembered for his “Italian qualities.” “All of the NBA players are important, because they’re legends, but he’s particularly important to us because he knew Italy so well, having lived in several cities here,” Italian basketball federation president Giovanni Petrucci told The Asso...

Massimo Colonna was born in 1986 in Scandiano, in the province of Reggio Emilia. He is 100% Italian, yet creates images that might reflect a faraway universe: one where everything is suspended, still, in a rarefied atmosphere of eternal beauty. Lyrical works, built on the simplicity of lines and composition, but with an aesthetic so impeccable it’s...

Ferrari, Maserati, and Pavarotti all hail from St. Paul’s sister city in Italy: Modena. Not interested in exotic cars and opera? This northern Italian city also holds a claim to creating tortellini, tortelloni (not the same thing!), Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto, and the dark, syrupy aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar).  You may not have realized...

Wednesday, October 09, 2019. From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm. Entrance: Free. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago, 500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 - Chicago, Illinois 60611. This event is presented in collaboration with the Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi, International School - Chicago. What is the Reggio Emilia Approach®? How are Reggio Emilia school...

Over 3,000 square meters for 50,000 pieces (accessories excluded): the Modateca Deanna, Centro Italiano di Documentazione Moda is a huge fashion archive and attracts designers and professionals from the whole world, who come here to draw inspiration and find new ideas for their collections. The structure is located in San Martino in Rio, Reggio Emi...

Reggio Emilia, named for the northern Italian province famous for its production of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shares its name with an Italian teaching style gaining steam in early learning classrooms nationwide. KLA schools, a quickly expanding franchise, point to Reggio — for short — as a child-focused alternative to traditional curricula. “Ther...

An exhibit showcasing an Italian approach to early childhood education is coming to Atlanta. “The Wonder of Learning— The Hundred Languages of Children” will open at the SunTrust Plaza Garden Offices in downtown Atlanta on June 25 and remain there until Oct. 15. The exhibit is free and open to the public, who may view it from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mond...

My introduction to Capanni Bells was from a sporty red Citroën. Fellow ag journalist Joel Reichenburg and I were winding our way down from the Apennine Mountains when we whizzed past the bell yard. Joel asked, “What was that?” “Bells,” I said. “Turn around. We’ve got to check this out.” And that’s how we met Paolo Capanni, the current owner of Capa...

When Mike Piazza arrived in Reggio Emilia, he was greeted as a hero. It was June 18, 2016. Everyone remembers the exact date. Piazza had just purchased a controlling interest in A.C. Reggiana 1919, the Italian city’s soccer club. Few locals had heard of him. Even fewer understood his Hall of Fame career catching for the Mets, Dodgers, and three oth...

Last August, when Gabriele Monti was co-curating the “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971-2001”exhibition in Milan, his first port of call was a 19th-century former hosiery factory. The building in Reggio Emilia, a small city about two hours’ drive southeast of Milan, is rarely visited by outsiders and almost never discussed, even by f...