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The contrada of Valdimontone (Valley of the Ram) parade through the streets of Siena in preparation for the Palio April 28, 2013 in Siena, Italy. — Photo by _fla

Siena the Time Machine

If you stand in the middle of Piazza de Campo in Siena early in the morning, you’ll have a strange sensation. Empty and quiet, this perfectly...

“One Day in Naples” with Photographer Flavia Loreto

“Vedi Napoli e poi muori” - "See Naples and die": an Italian saying of unknown origin and authorship perfectly represents what visiting Naples might...

The E. Marinella style: the Neapolitan tie that unifies tailoring and Italian elegance

The “Marinella philosophy” originated in the year 1914, when the thirty-four-year-old Neapolitan Don Eugenio opened a small shop in the Riviera of...

Crossing Ponte della Maddalena, the “Devil's Bridge” near Lucca

Among the many ancient bridges that have populated European cities and hamlets during the past millennium, a few of them appeared so mysterious and...
Film producer Barbara De Fina

Spotlight on Film Producer Barbara De Fina: Reconnecting to Her Italian Heritage

Notoriously, Martin Scorsese grew up between the 40s and 50s in New York City’s “Little Italy,” where the only two options for a boy were to enter a...

Helping Italian Artists Create Opportunity in the United States: Valeria Orani and Her “Umanism” Agency

A bridge is formed between Italy and the United States using creativity and culture to divulge Italian identity through the promotion of art,...

Gino Bartali: Legendary cyclist and quiet hero of World War 2

The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia is well underway. A celebration of Italian cycling and one of the most famous tours of its kind in the world...
Marco Pavone, Consul General Ortona & Fabrizio Capobianco. Photographs courtesy of Amelia Antonucci

Guglielmo Marconi & His San Francisco Bay Area Connections

There is a very good reason why, on May 11, the Leonardo da Vinci Society, in collaboration with the San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute,...
If you know how to read a Venice map you'll unearth the hidden history of the city

Decoding Venice’s hidden history right under your feet

The streets of Venice cast their spells on thousands of visitors every year. From the day-trippers ticking St Mark’s off their bucket list to summer...
Guglielmo Poggi (left) with director Ludovico Di Martino

Los Angeles gets a taste of the European cinema with “Starring Europe” Film Festival

The “Starring Europe” Film Festival this year took place in Los Angeles from May the 9th until May the 15th, a creative project organized by the...
Francesca Zanetti - Representative IACCW, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles Antonio Verde, IIC Director Valeria Rumori, Italian Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles Florindo Blandolino,  Marco de Ceglie - CEO Salov NA, Lorri Wressell - C-CAP Career Advisor and Event Planner, Giovanni Pellerito - CEO GP Communications NA

Spotlight on olive oil at the IIC for the first edition of LA Food Bowl Festival

For the first edition of the LA Food Bowl festival, organized by the Los Angeles Times, the Italian Institute of Culture of Los Angeles intends to...

Limone Piedmont, the Salt Road and its Provencal wonders

From the time of Emperor Augustus, the Salt Road has been a path for commerce between the mountain hamlet of Limone Piedmont and the Mediterranean...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part III): Bertolucci and Parma

T he last stop on our journey to discover the origins of Emilia-Romagna’s best-known filmmakers is in Parma. Whereas Rimini and Ferrara are closely...

Beyond the Basement: Cultures Survive through Stories

When Niccolo Machiavelli penned his masterpiece, The Prince, Italy was a land divided and besieged by many foreign forces. In his last chapter, “An...

The Recipe Hunters: Preserving the World’s Culinary Heritage, One Country and One Recipe at a Time

From Italy and Spain to Egypt, Cyprus, and Korea, The Recipe Hunters have been scouring the earth in search of traditional family recipes. Harvesting...

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