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The name Sylvester Stallone has immediate connotations of explosive Hollywood blockbusters, testosterone-fuelled heroism and of course, muscles. Starring in films like Rocky, Rambo and The Expendables means the action star has made a career out of high-intensity cinematic moments.   However, this isn't the case when Stallone is off-duty. Awa...

On January 25, 1913, Annibale Luigi Paragallo was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he taught himself six different languages, including Egyptian hieroglyphics. He enrolled in a photography class in high school and fell in love with the medium. When he was 19, he wrote what is considered to be the first book on 35mm color photography c...

Italian-born Roberta Marongiu isn't just any medical researcher. She received her Ph.D. in medical genetics & neuroscience from the University of Rome in Italy as well as the University of California. She's an instructor of neurological surgery and also conducts research at the Molecular Neurosurgery Laboratory at the Weill Cornell Medical Coll...

There's little sense in the English-speaking world of an Italian literary tradition that can stand alongside our vastly more substantial understanding of a French or German one.   How did the language of European self-knowledge, of Dante's sacred (or sacred-ish) poetry and Petrarch's secular model collapse into a language largely associated...

After reading a witty, self-deprecating, and insightful New York Times essay by William Alexander, where he details the benefits of learning a second language as an adult, "The Benefits of Failing at French," I decided to come clean on my relationship with learning Italian. It all started when I was a 17-year-old freshman at the University of Wisc...

Preserving a knowledge of one's mother tongue is essential to all those Italians who decide, either as a result of need or choice, to move abroad to live. Italy has been, and is still today, a country of emigration.   The Directorate General for Italians Citizens Abroad and Migration Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks to assis...

by Jo Piazza   A Miami-based businessman is officially this week's fanciest flyer. Gino Bertuccio has become the first passenger to fly in what has been dubbed "the world's most expensive and exclusive" airline seat— the Residence, a "penthouse in the sky" on Etihad Airways that costs $21,000.   Bertuccio's trip marked the inaugu...

by Brittany Spanos   For the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, Lady Gaga belted out a gorgeous medley of songs from the film at the 2015 Oscars. Clad in white and accompanied by a string section, Gaga sang four tracks from the film and musical's soundtrack — "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss" and "Climb Ev'ry Mount...

"Tarocco blood oranges are in from Sicily, Italy", says Kara Wilson with John Vena Produce, Inc. They are grown on the volcanic plain of Mt. Etna, where the fertile soil gives the oranges their deep color and unique flavor.   "Tarocco oranges contain the highest level of vitamin C of any orange variety in the world with a medium size providi...

What turns the gentle mean, and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York's streets were paved with violence and disappointment. Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fort...

by Scott Timberg   Few musicians were ever as popular, influential, complicated, or dangerous as Frank Sinatra. Between landmark albums like "Songs for Young Lovers" and "In the Wee Small Hours," his movie acting ("From Here to Eternity," "The Man with the Golden Arm," "The Manchurian Candidate"), his marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Fa...

Zia Assunta se lo ricorda ancora, quel ragazzone grande e grosso che vent'anni fa arrivò sotto il sole di Rimini per scoprire profumi e sapori fino a quel giorno soltanto immaginati durante i racconti dei nonni. "Lavorava alla base Nato di Vicenza, venne qui in vacanza con moglie e figli. Voleva conoscere le sue origini".   Oggi, il generale...