IN JULY, the Italian Navy tall ship Amerigo Vespucci — a three-mast, 331-foot school ship built in 1931 — left Italy and ventured on the long journey to the United States and Canada. A year later, the Italian Navy FREMM-class frigate Alpino, built by Fincantieri with state-of-the-art technologies, is engaged in a U.S. campaign tour and is moored in...

One of the issues that often arise in the Italian American community is whether there will ever be an Italian President. For this reason, but not just for this, it is of great interest that Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò has presented an exhibition titled "Thomas Jefferson - An Italian President" in New York last spring. Today we talk to the curator...

In the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of Filippo Mazzei (Poggio a Caiano 1730 -Pisa 1816) the club named in his memory has prepared, in collaboration with the Municipality of Pisa and organizations, cities and organizations that have shared the intent, a week of celebration, "The Friendship Week about Philip Mazzei", as a moment of consecra...

  WTI Magazine #64    2015 July, 10Author : Giovanni Verde      Translation by:   The figure of Filippo Mazzei is unfortunately not very well known to the public, even the Italian one. His life, for long shrouded in mystery and rediscovered just in recent years, is a testimony about an Italian role in the proce...

By K. Burnell Evans   About 240 years ago, Antonio Giannini and his wife and daughter left Fibbialla, Italy, for Virginia at the behest of Florentine merchant Philip Mazzei, a friend of Thomas Jefferson's. Part of a cadre of skilled workers Mazzei employed at Colle, his farm adjoining Monticello, Giannini planned to return home after five y...

Ricorre quest'anno il bicentenario della morte di Filippo Mazzei, medico, commerciante, saggista e filosofo nato a Poggio a Caiano nel 1730 e morto a Pisa nel 1816. In occasione dell'anniversario, il Comune di Poggio a Caiano, insieme alla Regione Toscana, al Comune di Prato e al Ministero dei beni culturali, con il patrocinio del Senato della Repu...

by Maria Gloria   Dear readers, On July 4th let me refresh your memory and mine on the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776 (in Philadelphia) and learn about Italian and Italian American contributions to the American Revolutionary War.   Although the colonists declared themselves independent of England and set up "The Uni...

It was, as now, a matter of taxes, wine and happiness. The Florentine Philip Mazzei embodied the definition of winemaker given by Hugh Johnson: "Farmer and artist, dreamer and worker, hedonistic and masochistic, alchemist and accounting." At the end of the '700 brought European vines in the New World, he became friend and fellow politician Thomas J...

By Michele Zurleni   Un cognome italiano per New York. Bill De Blasio è il favorito per le elezioni del primo cittadino. Italiani d'America. Sono decine e decine i nomi di artisti, politici, scienziati, inventori, letterati, sportivi, giuristi ma anche di criminali che hanno contribuito a fare la storia degli Stati Uniti. Questa è una p...

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, Italian traditions may not come to mind. However, like many milestones in American history, Italians have made big contributions to our Independence. This excerpt taken from a New York Times 1994 Letter to the Editor titled, 'Honor a Son of Italy on the Fourth of July,' mentions one Italian who aided America...