The University of Calabria’s "Italian Diaspora Studies Seminar" is pleased to launch a new residential Writing seminar on the topic of Cultural Heritage and Memory. It will take place from May 15thto May 29th, 2019 in the National Park of Mount Pollino, with several planned field trips in the surrounding areas of Calabria and Basilicata, including...

That of the nativity scene is a tradition strongly rooted in the culture and society of Italy. It is considered to date back to year 1223, when San Francesco is credited to have created in the village of Greccio the “presepe” by reconstructing the nativity scene with living animals and real people. The first known nativity, with reconstruction of t...

Gianluca De Novi, Ph.D., a serial entrepreneur and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, has brought the Italian company XSurgical, a firm specializing in surgical robotics, to the United States, with the objective of developing new cutting-edge products in this domain. DeNovi, a native of the small Italian town Bernalda in Basilicata, Italy,...

Certainly not lacking for cultural excellence, Italy is not only the cradle of Roman, Renaissance and Baroque art, but it also plays a rather important role in the international modern and contemporary art scenes. Museums, galleries, cultural institutions and the artists themselves are organized into collectives: art in Italy follows the flux of ev...

A mayor really isn’t supposed to say something like this. “We don’t want tourists.” I waited for the punch line. None came. “We don’t want to be occupied by tourists,” he continued. Tourism, he explained, will deplete a city of its soul — and this city has a prehistoric soul. I was in Matera, an ancient city of about 60,000 people, perched on top o...

The region of Basilicata was known in Roman times as Lucania – a name some residents still use today. Basilicata is in southern Italy and sits between the boot’s ‘toe and heel’, with Puglia to its north, the Ionian Sea to the south-east, Calabria to the south and southern Campania to the west.  Basilicata may be a small region, but its landscape is...

Hop in the car, drive the countryside roads, enjoy the fall colors and stop at one of these charming villages for a dive into the past and a taste of delicious seasonal products. Rango, Trentino In the northern mountainous region of Trentino, Rango is part of Italy’s ‘Most Beautiful Villages’ network, having maintained its ancient fortified structu...

If you think weddings are a lot of work, try walking a couple of trees down the aisle. Every spring, Accettura, a mountain village of about 2,000 people in the Basilicata region of southern Italy, celebrates its patron, Saint Julian, with an arboreal wedding. Called Il Maggio di Accettura, the wedding is an ancient pagan tradition that draws thousa...

L’Italia è ricca di borghi, castelli, chiese e musei da visitare. Il nostro paese detiene anche il primato per numero di siti tutelati dall’Unesco. Su un totale di 1.031, infatti, l’Italia ne vanta ben 51. Tuttavia, oltre ai luoghi di maggior fama, lungo la Penisola è possibile imbattersi in posti che, o perché abbandonati o perché poco frequentati...

From Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to Tuesday, December 18, 2018. From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm EDT. Entrance: Free. Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Avenue - New York, NY 10065. Organized by the American Academy in Rome and presented in the US by the Italian Cultural Institute, this exhibition highlights how photography has framed modern pe...