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The Chiesa del Purgatorio (Church of Purgatory) was built between 1725 and 1747. It, like other “purgatory churches,” was constructed as a place for people to pray for the souls trapped in limbo between heaven and hell. The upper part of the facade shows angels, fruit baskets, and penitents wrapped in flames. On the lower part, the wooden door is d...

Fendi is expanding its Roman empire . . . to Scottsdale, Arizona. The luxury fashion house just announced that it is building a collection of 41 bespoke Fendi Private Residences that will be come to market later this year and be completed in 2020. Each home will average 3,500 square feet, with the design and architecture spearheaded by architect Ma...

Wednesday, 02/27/2019 - 6:30pm. Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò - 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011-8604. A lecture by Ron Herzman, SUNY Geneseo. Why does Dante still speak to us with great urgency and power, and how is it that he remains accessible despite the seemingly-vast distance in time and culture between his world and ours? Ron Herzman i...

Next month, Miami is getting sweeter than ever. And if you love Italian gelato, this is an event you can't miss. The Gelato Festival America is the first of its kind in North America and will make its final stop in Miami. This festival is an all-you-can-eat gelato festival and it will be hosted in Brickell City Center on March 16th. You'll get to t...

Director Joe Dante is heading to Tuscany this spring. The director of iconic films including Piranha, Gremlins, The 'Burbs, The Howling, Explorers and Innerspace will be the 2019 recipient of Lucca Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award. Dante, who started work as a trailer editor for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, made his directorial debu...

This last September during an unusually warm mid-morning, 43 names were read aloud echoing across the main Piazza De Ferrari Square in Genoa, Italy. Respectful applause was mixed with women and men quietly in tears and made for a somber mood at the 30-day memorial of the bridge collapse that killed 43 people. The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe C...

The Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute is co-sponsoring a two-day symposium: "New Italy and the Jews: From Massimo D'Azeglio to Primo Levi", from February 28th to March 1st in partnership with the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University. This symposium is taking place in conjunction with the publication...

Street food has been a staple of cuisines around the world for generations, and the trend has finally reached American shores. Leading the charge on behalf of the street food of Sicily is Elio Bartolotta of Elio Pizza on Fire and Elio Café. “Sicilian street food represents our tradition, our roots, our soul,” Bartolotta says. “We want to share that...

Casting "Ciao Bambino," a family friendly musical about Italian-Americans set in the 1950s. Production states: "After winning 'Best Staged Reading' at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and a sold out run at 13th Street Repertory Theatre, we will present a small in-concert of the musical for industry professionals at Opera America’s Placid...

Un premio annuale per valorizzare e sostenere la creatività e il talento dei giovani artisti italiani residenti stabilmente all'estero. Ad istituirlo è il Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, con l'obiettivo di fornire uno strumento di visibilità e promuovere la collaborazione tra gli artisti italiani e la scena cultur...

Milan is the Italian city with the fastest rising number of tourists, and one of the most visited in Europe. Whether you're taking the train in for the day, visiting for business or stopping off as part of a holiday, here’s how to spend the perfect 24 hours in Milan. Start the day early with cappuccino and culture. Start with cappuccino and brioche...

A black-and-white photograph of a young, curly-haired woman with a loosely knotted shawl around her shoulders leans against vintage Italian books on a small table near the entrance of Dennis Lange’s new restaurant. “This is the only picture left of her,” Lange says with a devilish grin. He will later admit that the woman who supposedly inspired his...