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The Codex Purpureus Rossanensis is one of the earliest complete versions of the Gospel of Matthew and Mark and it comes with an amazingly intricate series of drawings

The Codex Purpureus: the first Illustrated book comes from Italy

We all love – or should love – books. They keep the essence of culture and help passing it on to the next generations. They tell stories: invented,...
Church of La Gran Madre in Turin, Italy. Photo by marcociannarel

Spooks in Italy: frightful Italian locations for this year’s Halloween

I’m a creature of the dark. No, nothing vampiresque or witchy in my statement, I just, quite simply, am naturally attracted to all that’s mysterious...
Poveglia Island, Venice, Haunted Island. Halloween, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Haunted Island of Poveglia (Part one)

Of the many islands surrounding Venice, there is one located to the south, quite close to the shoreline of Lido. It is the island of Poveglia,...
Chiara's most recent appearance in Ulta Beauty's campaign. Credit Franklin Thompson for Ulta Beauty

Spotlight on Chiara D’Agostino: finding her voice through the biggest fight of her life

October is a meaningful month for all Italian Americans – even more so for those who are fighting breast cancer. But for blogger and model Chiara D’...

The life and adventures of Giacomo Casanova, the first modern latin lover

To make a story good, you need to set its background straight. So, think of Venice. Not that of today, of course, but rather that of the 18th century...
Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the US, speaking at the IIC. Photo Courtesy of the IIC

L.A. Meets Ambassador Varricchio and His Contagious Optimism

The recently appointed Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio was born in Venice, Italy, but completed his MA (summa cum laude...
Portrait of Galileo Galilei. Italian School after J. Sustermans. Photo credit: Wellcome Library

Arcetri and Other Traces of Galileo's Life in Florence

As anyone who has ever been in Florence already knows, the Tuscan city abounds in all kinds of “traces” left by Italian geniuses of the past. One...
The town of Barolo among rolling hills with vineyards in Piedmont, Italy.— Photo by olgysha

Wine and Food of Piemonte: A Talk with Author Tom Hyland

It’s been often said that it takes a village to raise a child. One could assert the same about an education in wine and food … getting one takes a...
Cozze alla marchigiana. This simple and fast dish is unusual in its use of saffron

Cozze alla Marchigiana

I was in the Pacific Northwest recently visiting family and as usual, I was amazed at the abundance of fresh local seafood available in the local...
Pienza, a very beautiful place on earth, one of the wonders of the world inscribed by UNESCO— Photo by Jaromatik.

Pienza, a Renaissance Pope’s Utopian City

Imagine you have all the money in the world. Imagine you have all the space you want. Imagine you have the power to build anything you want, anywhere...

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