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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,...
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...
Piero Selvaggio's ability to reinvent Italian cuisine and offer new flavors and wine labels is probably the reason why Valentino, his restaurant, is still on the scene at the same address after 45 years. Photo by Judy Starkman/www.italianila.com

Piero Selvaggio: The Evolution of Italian Dining in LA

Piero Selvaggio, in English, would translate Peter Wild, and absolutely wild must have seemed to the local scene the changes he brought about not...

Camilla Cormanni: “That’s How Luce Cinecittà Promotes Italian Cinema Around the Globe”

Cinema Italia celebrated its fifth anniversary on April 22, bringing the best of Dino Risi to San Francisco. Once again, for one entire day, the...

Raphael, Prince of the Arts: A New Film Explains His Genius

N obody would ever question the formidable artistic genius behind Raphael’s greatest works: together with Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo...
Hermitage of San Colombano, Trambileno. Photo by freeteo

Seclusion, solitude and scenic settings: Italy’s hidden monasteries

Ever since Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, Christians have sought solitude as an act of devotion and dedication to peaceful prayer. Devout and...

Fernet Branca, the Italian liquor that duped Prohibition

In Italy, Fernet Branca has always been an institution, especially among the older generation: both my grandmothers had a penchant for it and for...

Starring Europe - New Films from the EU

HOLLYWOOD’S PREMIERE SCREENING OF “OUR LAST” “A FILM ABLE TO MOVE AND GENTLY ENTHRALL AUDIENCES” SAID THE CONSUL GENERAL ANTONIO VERDE WHO WILL...
Norton Simon Museum's Chief Curator - Carol Togneri. Photo courtesy of C. Togneri

Carol Togneri: exposing new “gems” from the Norton Simon Museum’s vault

C arol Togneri’s pivotal moment of discovery occurred in Alhambra, CA, when she was a child and her Tuscan grandma showed her the reproductions of...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part II): Antonioni and Ferrara

After visiting Fellini’s hometown of Rimini, our journey through the cinematic roots of the Emilia-Romagna region leads us to the city of Ferrara...

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