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The Vatican echoes with chants. Rodrigo Borgia is pope. Steps away, and five centuries later, a tour guide regales visitors with tales of the infamous Borgia clan. Rodrigo, the family patriarch, boasts of their strength. Eldest son Cesare, ensconced within the College of Cardinals, longs for an army. Daughter Lucrezia, alleged poisoner of the famil...

DOVE sono Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom e Charley, Il debole della volontà, la forza del braccio, il clown, il boozer, il combattente? Tutti, tutti, dormono sulla collina. You don’t recognize those famous lines from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology?” You would if you lived in Italy, where the man and his work have been studied and admired for g...

The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument's four presidents was honored Saturday with a plaque that recognizes his work. Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant and stone carver whose job included the challenging tasks of sculpting Jefferson's lips and Lincoln's life-like e...

Two distant homelands are now forever linked by the common bond of one man – artist Harry Jackson – who called each place home. This summer city councilors passed a resolution to adopt Camaiore, Italy, as a sister city and to promote “a friendship, an alliance beyond our borders.” A few months earlier, City of Camaiore officials passed a resolution...

The fifth annual Sons of Italy Royal Gorge Lodge No. 2866 Italian Festival entertained crowds with its staple of food, wine and music. The festival filled Macon Plaza on Saturday as hundreds of people came out to enjoy and take part in the event, which opened Friday evening. The event included live music, food from various vendors, and wine and bee...

City Councilman Bert Myrin wants Aspen to treat Columbus Day similar to what cities such as Denver, San Francisco and just recently, Los Angeles, have already done: Change it to Indigenous Peoples Day. For now, however, Myrin has not gained enough traction for the change to take effect by the time Columbus Day rolls around Oct. 9. The first-term co...

The Sons of Italy Italian Festival is slated to kick off at 4 p.m. Friday at Macon Plaza, Fifth and Macon. The Friday night event costs $5 per person and will run from 4 to 10:30 p.m., featuring live music by Foggiest Notion and Southern Belle. Pizza and Italian sausage sandwiches will be for sale, and a beer tent will offer alcoholic beverages. Th...

A collection of relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina — known to many as Padre Pio — will be visiting the Archdiocese of St. Louis for the first time later this month. The relics will be on display for public veneration from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Assumption Church in Mattese. Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m. T...

Over 2,000 people signed a petition to replace the Christopher Columbus statue at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota with a statue of the seven time Grammy Award-winning singer Prince. Community organizer Wintana Melekin created a petition to replace the Columbus statue with a Minnesota icon and Purple Rain singer Prince. The petitio...

Missouri’s Little Italy is in a small neighborhood, south of Forest Park, in St. Louis. The area is known for having exceptional Italian restaurants, groceries, and bakeries. With endless opportunities for great dining, unique architecture, and rich history, The Hill is one of St. Louis’ best destinations! So grab your friends and head to Missouri’...

Please join us for a traditional Columbus Day Dinner sponsored by the Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society. The event will take place at the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS at 5:30 p.m.  President of the National Italian American Foundation John Viola, last year Keynote speaker, said that it is important to remember that Columbus...

An iconic staple in Little Italy anticipates a huge turnout will jumpstart its rebuilding efforts. Sons of Italy is hoping a dinner fundraiser on Saturday will help them open its doors once again. A two-alarm fire heavily damaged the hall in January which only left the brick frame standing and damage expenses more than $670,000. To help cover some...