Heritage

The legendary history of l’Isola Tiberina, the heart of Rome

Water: the locus where the world of the seen and the unseen meet, the origin of life, the strongest of protection against enemies, the most melodious...

Ciao belli! A little history of Italy’s most popular word

Isn’t Summer the perfect season for trivia? I don’t know you, but when the heat hits I suddenly develop a thirst for curious facts and tasty tidbits...

Naso: the roots of Lady Gaga

Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from...

Finding art and hospitality in Tuscany's ancient Spedali

Even though present-day hospitals all around the world are basically centers providing medical assistance and rehabilitation of the sick, the...

L’Italo Americano and its 110 years of history serving Italian heritage

Domenico Di Salvo arrived on Ellis Island on September 5, 1907. He had left on the 23 rd of August on the Koenig Albert steamer, which had been used...

IAMLA presents Italianità: Italian Diaspora Artists Examine Identity

The Italianità: Italian Diaspora Artists Examine Identity exhibition will be opening Sunday May 5th at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (...

The art of being Italian American

Art, in all its forms and shapes, is the most immediate and beautiful of all ways of communicating: a painting, a song, a piece of poetry, a palace...

Lost crafts: the master rope maker, u mast’s l’andrète

The craft of rope makers, funaio or cordaro , is as old as Man: a thousands-year long art, based on an easy manual technique, where two only...

Italian craftsmanship: culture, heritage and hope for the future

The expression Made in Italy itself is almost perfectly synonymous with Italian craftsmanship, or artigianato, to say it as we do. From culinary...

The blossoming Easter in Sicily

The Easter celebrations of Sicily are as numerous as petals on daisy chains, with an endless procession of Holy Week festivities to choose from...

Women History Month: let’s not forget the real face and heart of Italian women

Italian celebrations for International Women’s Day are, usually, rather cliché: journalists and TV hosts become experts of women history and...

Madonelle, Madonnas of the Street

Crossroads and street corners have long been the haunt of peddlers, pickpockets and prostitutes. And as far back as ancient Roman times images of...

Following an old melody: music at the times of Ancient Rome

As usual, Cicero is illuminating: “a life without music is like a body without its soul.” There’s an undeniable truth in his words the people of his...

The Caracalla Baths, a plunge into the Roman Empire

For centuries ancient Romans have built roads and bridges connecting all of their conquered territories, triumphal arches celebrating their victories...

Carnevale and its thousand faces

When I was a child, Carnevale was the occasion to don some improbable outfit, usually involving satin gowns and glitter or, depending on the mood of...