Traditions

Italian Design: a history of excellence

Let’s start with a definition of “industrial design,” by Argentinian-born, Milan-based, painter, designer and philosopher, Tomás Maldonado: “...
President Trump, the actor Checco Zalone and Prince William are some of Angelo Inglese's famous customers. Photo credit: Lorena Caramia

Italian excellence around the world: Angelo Inglese, the tailor of princes and presidents

In Italy, he became TV popular only in very recent months, after news and gossip outlets alike made known he custom made the shirt POTUS Donald Trump...
Da Alidoro, nel centro di Manhattan, è possibile gustare l'autentico panino italiano. Photo courtesy: www.alidoronyc.com

Reliving the Authentic Italian Panino in New York City

It’s noon in Florence, and you find a spot on the steps of the Duomo. After a bitterly cold winter, you feel your skin gladly soak up the sun shining...
Folk singer Michela Musolino

"Music and culture: An Italian Perspective": Italian Music on set at Chapman University

Representing the variety and beauty of Italian music in different ages and in different fields was the goal of "Music and culture: an Italian...
Harlequin mask - photo by Daydream

“Midnight Mischief at Venice’s Masquerade Balls

Masked balls. Fried sweets. Colorful costumes. In the weeks before Fat Tuesday ( martedì grasso ), Venice revels in Carnevale . Dating back to the...
Ciambelle make a great snack on their own but make the perfect accompaniment to cured meats, cheeses, and antipasto. Photos copyright Nonna’s Way

Ciambelle di Pane - Charcuterie’s Best Friend!

You hear the word ‘ciambelle’ a lot in Italian baking. There are so many different types of ciambelle, ciambellette and ciambellini! Sweet, savoury,...
Cannoli siciliani have a huge identity-defining power: Italian bakeries all over the world make of their presence on the shelves a symbol of “italianità” and heritage associated with only a handful of other products. Photo by siculodoc

The sweetest thing: cannolo siciliano and its amazing history

Cannolo siciliano: is there any other Italian dessert this popular in the world? Tiramisù may be one of its more glorious competitors, but cannolo...

Tradition and the Individual Italian American:The Importance of Italian American Writing

As a community, Italian Americans are just beginning to understand the value of the written word. For years publishers have been saying that the...
In Italy, which has not commercialized Valentine’s Day as much as in the United States, couples celebrate with una cenetta romantica (or intima) (a romantic or intimate dinner), flowers, or another token of affection. Photo by Maridav

Valentine’s Day—and Saying “I love you” in Italian

The Roman empire began with a tale of love—or, more accurately, lust—almost three millennia ago. The libidinous god Mars, smitten by the beauty of a...
La Battaglia delle Arance si svolge a Ivrea, una cittadina vicino a Torino, durante la stagione del Carnevale. Photo © Francesco Zanon

Ivrea’s colorful carnival: The Battle of the Oranges

What would inspire people to book trips to Ivrea? The small city near Turin is not just your next obscure travel destination. It is an absolutely...
Riomaggiore fishing village during evening twilight blue hour, seascape in Five lands, Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria, Italy. — Photo by olgacov

That’s Amore: In search of Italy’s most romantic spots

Italy is the land of love, a romantic destination par excellence. So with Valentines Day fast approaching, it’s time to explore some of the peninsula...
The first masks were very grotesque. They had these noses that had a phallic symbolism

Venice: City of the Incognito

18th Century, Venice. Circling about the snaky, torch-lit alleyways of the ancient city are swarms of masked men and women. Before leaving the house...
Carnival of Venice, beautiful masks at St. Mark's Square — Photo by lachris77

The Language of Carnevale

For centuries the pre-Lent festivities of carnevale sumptuously celebrated carne, a word that translates as both "meat' and "flesh," in every sense...
Allegorical float at Viareggio Carnival held February 23, 2014— Photo by marchesini62

Getting ready for Carnival celebration in Italy

A highlight of travel to Italy in the first quarter of the year is Carnival Season or as they say Carnevale. Celebrations are held roughly 40 days...
James Butler Bonham and James Bowie statues at Cenotaph memorial to the Alamo defenders, by Pompeo Coppini, in San Antonio Texas

Pompeo Coppini – Sculptor: Italian Born, Texan Reborn

Pompeo Luigi Coppini. The name itself conjures up images of greatness, eminence, and well, someone who must be pretty important, yes? Fortunate...

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