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Forrest "Red" DeBernardi was the first Italian-American star to shine in the firmament of American basketball in the twenties (All-Conference in '22 and '23). After college, he played for 11 seasons in the National Athletic Amateur Union (AAU), collecting 7 selections for the AAU American Team. In '38, the Associated Press elected him "best center"...

The oldest district of Scilla is Chianalea, which takes its name from “piano della galea” (galley deck), but it is also called Acquagrande or Canalea, because the little houses built directly on the rocks are separated one from the other by small alleys, like channels, which descend directly into the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The history and origins of the Giro d’Italia take us back to 1909 when La Gazzetta dello Sport editor, Tullo Morganini, decided to organize the bicycle race to increase the magazine sales and popularity. The competition counted 127 riders, 2,448 km (1,521 mi), 5325 lira as a prize, 49 riders finishing the ride and only one winner, Luigi Ganna. On M...

Penne all’arrabbiata (“angry” penne pasta) is a typical first course belonging to our Roman culinary tradition. It is not only very easy and fast to make, but deliciously devilishly too! It has a distinct, spicy taste due to chili pepper. The amount of chili pepper is very personal, but do not forget that chili pepper is very also healthy, a must...

From the unacknowledged tailors in Piedmont in the late 1600s to contemporary international fashion brands like Fiorucci and Diesel, Italians have played an important role in shaping this iconic wardrobe staple way back to its inception. What would you think if I told you that jeans – an icon of American life – are an Italian invention?

No Italian woman as Grazia Deledda has been able to mix in her writings love, pain, and the sense of universal that intertwines these two feelings apparently very distant. And few writers have been able to link their work to the homeland, as did Grazia Deledda for her Sardinia, making her island into the character and the true meaning of her contro...

An itinerary rich in history, art and faith, it winds through the Calabrian towns of Stilo, Bivongi and Pazzano in the heart of the Calabrian Serre, amidst centuries-old beech and fir woods. The first leg of this particular tour of the Region of Calabria is Stilo, home to famous philosopher Tommaso Campanella and one of the most beautiful history a...

I had the opportunity to meet owner and winemaker, Anna Muzzolini, of the Azienda Agricola Grillo winery of Friuli at a local wine shop. I was excited about the opportunity because Friuli is a region that isn’t talked about as much as some of the others nor visited as a top tourist destination adding to it's uniqueness. If you’re not familiar with...

Italian. What a melodic language, full of musicality and love. Yeah, right. Then, let’s talk about the so-called “scioglilingua,” the incredibly infamous tongue twisters. Yes, because tongue twisters in Italian are not simply hard sentences to say, but many of them are seriously targeted to the weakest point of the language, and many people’s pronu...

Rome, 1911. The inauguration of Giuseppe Sacconi's Vittoriano is about to be accomplished, Sacconi has been dead for six years now, but the architects working with him earlier, alongside Gaetano Koch and Pio Piacentini, have completed the work. For ten years, however, Piazza Venezia, the great promenade in front of the monument, had witnessed an ur...

The Park of Mediterranean Biodiversity, formerly Parco della Scuola Agraria, was inaugurated in 2004. It is located in the center of the town of Catanzaro, Calabria, and it is entirely dedicated to the protection of the flora and fauna characteristic of the Mediterranean, such as the numerous botanical species.

The popular legend says that a local plague in 1436 brought death and desolation among men and animals in town. The desperate people asked grace to Saint Vittore, with the promise of organizing a run of the slower animals, the oxen, as a sign of joy and gratitude. The Holy man heard these prayers and the plague ceased. The earliest historical docum...