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Can you remember off-hand the colors of the Italian flag ? Think of 10 countries whose flags you know... most probably Italy is among them.  The Italian flag owes it notoriety to  all the Italian food places selling pizza, pasta, gelato that have 'invaded' the world. It is strange because Italians are not as proud of their flag as Americans are of...

Recentemente sulla stampa nazionale sono apparsi articoli sull’assenteismo dei parlamentari, in cui le presenze e le assenze diventano indici di laboriosità o di pigrizia. In realtà, il lavoro del parlamentare è molto più complesso e presenta tante sfaccettature in cui gli aspetti più squisitamente parlamentari devono essere conciliati con gli aspe...

Today, it's one of the most astonishing places in Italy -- a city carved into a rugged hillside -- but just a few years ago, Matera was branded a national disgrace. Many residents still remember when the city had a reputation for squalor and its residents made their homes in dark grottoes that in some cases were originally used by their ancestors 9...

It’s easy to miss the ancient Tuscan town of Sommocolonia. Perched on the spine of a high ridge amid a wild expanse of canyons, ravines and chestnut forests 38 miles north of Pisa, there are no restaurants, inns or cafes there. Nor are there any banks, grocery stores, pharmacies or things that really make a town a town. The stone settlement isn’t i...

The intrusive construction that turned Little Italy's Mayfield Road into a one-way street for a month and a half has finished in time for the 120th annual Feast of the Assumption that takes place next week.Once again, Holy Rosary Church's parish hosts this free, family-friendly festival from Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 18. Starting an...

A 750-ml bottle of Screaming Eagle Second Flight Cabernet Franc Merlot out of Napa Valley, which has about four to five pours, is one of the most expensive wines at $706— but there is a balsamic that costs more. Il Buco Alimentari in New York City — which opened in 2012 and serves as a sister restaurant and market to the famed Il Buco — sells the m...

Just a few years ago, you might have been forgiven for thinking that Palermo’s main attraction was its collection of Mafia hot spots. Sure, the city’s tangled history with Godfather-esque organized crime dons will continue to lure its fair share of tourists to the capital of Sicily. But nowadays, Italy’s fifth-largest city is drawing an increasingl...

Sam Ianotta laid down metal catwalks through part of his Oakwood garden, a gridwork that helps navigate the prolific tomato patch behind his house.  There is more to this extraordinary New York City garden and how it blossoms each year -- you will see that shortly -- but first get to know the gardener himself. Sam's owned his home since coming to S...

Jeff Marchio has resurrected Italian recipes and the family business. His new Fort Collins food cart, called Marchio’s Grill, carries on the legacy of his grandfather Louis, who emigrated from Italy and ran Marchio’s Italian Cafe in Omaha, Nebraska, for multiple decades.  “In the Marchio family, all of the men do the cooking,” Marchio said. “It is...

Posizionate in vari luoghi del centro della Capitale, le Statue Parlanti nacquero in epoca pontificia quando il popolo cominciò ad appendere al collo di queste sculture cartelli con scritte satiriche, invettive e dialoghi umoristici mirati a deridere vari personaggi pubblici, tra i quali spesso anche il Papa, ovviamente rigorosamente di autori anon...

La Casa Italiana alla Columbia University è sempre stata un polo di riferimento culturale nel variegato panorama di New York. In occasione del 90° anniversario della sua fondazione, viene pubblicato il libro “From DA PONTE to the CASA ITALIANA”, un’opera di ricerca sulle origini e sui miti che circondano la storia dell’istituzione, scritto da Barba...

The 2018 National Columbus Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Christopher Columbus Memorial Plaza across from the Union Station. The festivities will begin at 10:45 am with music from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Other featured parts of the program include: US Joint Services Honor Guard, Knights of Colu...