When Brendan McConville, an associate professor of music at UT, went to Italy on a Fulbright in 2016, he spent six months soaking up and recording the sounds of the country. During the program, he also translated those sounds into several original compositions based on the poetry of Gabriele D’Annunzio, the prized poet of the province of Abruzzo. T...

Abruzzo is a precious land for its position in our peninsula, a region that collects ancient traditions that draw the sense of identity and pride of its people. Today, more than ever, a sense of belonging has been re-evaluated in the light of what has happened in the territory due to the earthquakes that, after the earthquake that struck L'Aquila i...

La festa della Perdonanza Celestiniana, che si svolge ogni anno a L'Aquila, è la candidata italiana nella Lista rappresentativa del Patrimonio culturale immateriale. Promossa dall’Unesco dal 2003, la lista tutela le tradizioni, gli usi e i costumi delle comunità. Un’eredità intangibile ma altrettanto importante da salvaguardare, per evitare che si...

You might imagine an Italian Easter revolves around going to mass, exchanging chocolate eggs and sitting down to roast lamb. But there's more to it than that. In towns and cities across the country, Easter celebrations involve quirky traditions of sometimes mysterious origins. Here are some of the strangest, which you should definitely try to check...

Italy is seeking to have transhumance, the traditional herding of livestock along centuries-old migration routes, added to Unesco's list of intangible cultural heritage. Italy submitted the bid with the backing of Greece and Austria, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture announced on Tuesday. Unesco's decision is expected in November 2019.  Transhuma...

“Si ricomincia, chissà perché, sempre dal suono”. Gru, ruspe, martelli pneumatici, scavatrici: a un certo punto, nel 2014, a cinque anni dal terremoto del 2009, il centro storico dell’Aquila iniziò la ricostruzione. “Sentire il rumore è stata la differenza. Da città storica, deserta e silenziosa, L’Aquila aveva ripreso vita. Avevamo chiuso una fase...

An Italian police unit specializing in protecting the country's cultural heritage on Tuesday presented 37 artworks it had recovered, some of which had been stolen from churches in the aftermath of deadly earthquakes in central Italy. The artworks dated back to between the 16th and 20th centuries, and had been taken in 16 separate robberies over the...

A Caramanico non riescono a capacitarsene. Che il braccio destro del presidente Trump fosse un loro lontano concittadino lo sapevano dal 2016, quando Mike Pompeo venne nominato a capo della Cia. Per la precisione lo scoprirono allora: e il sindaco Simone Angelucci scrisse al quartier generale degli 007 americani inviando con le congratulazioni uffi...

Everywhere I went, I walked in her footsteps. She stepped on these same stones, past the Roman-era thermal baths, beyond the church, to the 15th-Century castle in the heart of the town. When I pictured her, she was no longer the white-haired octogenarian I knew from my childhood, but a 25-year-old newlywed with her whole life ahead of her. In the f...

“Vogliamo evidenziare il notevole apporto delle donne nell’attuazione dei nuovi progetti di sviluppo sociale, economico, politico e culturale, con il riconoscimento del loro vero valore nella nostra realtà”. Questo lo spirito con cui l’Orsogna Mutual Aid Society, la società di mutua assistenza nata nel 1939 per aiutare in America gli immigrati di O...