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It’s a common cliché, both among Neapolitans and tourists, to say that Naples is the realm of the sacred and profane. This is a definition I don’t really like; it’s a bit like rhetorically associating the city exclusively with the sun and the sea, when one should understand that its richness is almost always hidden in the shadows.  My passion for t...

Township of Nutley Commissioner and Department of Public Safety Director Alphonse Petracco was named the 2024 Italian American Business Leader by the Federation of Italian-American Societies of New Jersey last weekend. The Federation, which was founded in 1933 to assist and improve the quality of life of the Italians who came to America from Europe...

For more than 30 years, one of Italy’s most well-hidden archaeological treasures has been an underwater village called La Marmotta. The site, with well-preserved artifacts, was discovered in 1989 in a lake just northwest of Rome and 23 miles upstream from the Mediterranean Sea. Found among its wooden buildings were five canoes, stretching up to 32...

Step inside the new Dalfonso's Italian Imports in the heart of Buffalo's Five Points neighborhood and get swept away in a celebration of food, and family. "I want you to feel comfortable like you are walking into a place that has been here for 50 years," said Jeffrey Dalfonso, the owner and operator, "I guess the inspiration really was my family's...

The greatest cultural legacy of Italy is its millennia-long history of intersections, contaminations, influences, mixtures, invasions, immigrations, emigrations, returns, travels, and contacts. From its role as an expansive power to becoming a coveted conquest target, the Italian peninsula has historically been a crucible where peoples, cultures, a...

The Kern County Museum’s newest structure in Pioneer Village was christened last week by a small gathering of museum supporters, some with family names that are well known in Kern County. Longtime local grape grower George Giumarra was there with his wife, Marcia, and son Jeff. The family, with proud Sicilian roots, was central to Museum Director M...

Lake Como is glitzy, glamorous and engulfed by tourism. The third largest lake in Italy, it sees as many as 1.4 million visitors a year descend on its shores. The tourist numbers are proving overwhelming for the holiday hotspot in northern Italy, and one city is now considering introducing a tourist tax. Mayor of the lakeside city of Como Alessandr...

As far as I know, I don’t have one bit of Italian heritage, but after my experience last weekend I am prepared to be adopted by someone who does. My husband, Mike, and I had the pleasure of attending the Italian Cooking School offered at the Sons and Daughters of Italy lodge in Bellaire on April 8. We had both visited the club on its pasta nights i...

Embark on a journey through Italy's heartland, where the serene rhythms of rural life blend with cultural treasures and breathtaking scenery. This guide is your compass to the most idyllic rural places to live in Italy, tailored for expatriates, nature lovers, and those seeking the golden calm of retirement. While Italy's cities are full of charm a...

The Cultural Italian American Organization will host its annual Feast of St. Joseph the Worker at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Nacca Hall at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 303 Clark St., Auburn. The annual event celebrates St. Joseph's (San Giuseppe) the Worker Day on May 1. St. Joseph's Day itself is March 19, honoring the foster father of Jesus and kn...

150 years ago next week, one of the world’s most influential people, often described as the inventor of radio, was born in Bologna. Guglielmo Marconi altered the course of human history forever when he sent the first radio signal from his home in the Bologna countryside in 1894. Now, 150 years after his birth, his homeland is paying tribute in a bi...

Genoa are marking the 130th anniversary of the oldest football club in Italy’s foundation with a documentary released on Amazon Prime Video. This was a side founded in Genoa by British ex-pats in September 1893, which is why the name remains Genoa Cricket and Football Club.  The documentary, called ‘Genoa Comunque e Dovunque’ (Genoa anyway and ever...