Genoa once rivalled Venice for maritime importance and its huge intact medieval core, just a stroll inland from the port, is stuffed with vivid reminders of the past. The capital of Italy's Liguria province, Genoa's gritty charm permeates this network of narrow lanes and its historic centre that has been granted Unesco World Heritage status. Lined...

Nel novembre 2018 il Comune di Genovaporterà negli Stati Uniti, a Columbus (Ohio), il `Cannone´, il violino realizzato da Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù nel 1743 che fu di Niccolò Paganini. Il prestito avverrà in occasione di un grande evento culturale per rafforzare il gemellaggio siglato nel 1955 tra le due città. Lo ha annunciato il sindaco Marco Bu...

The city of Columbus has its first pesto king. Greater Columbus Sisters Cities International, with the Columbus Italian Festival, hosted the inaugural Columbus Pesto Championship on Sunday and Marcello Canova, an Ohio State professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was chosen from 10 local finalists as the city's premiere pesto maker.    S...

Ciao from Rome, and Happy Italian Heritage Month! Last September We the Italians made the first step to a journey that will bring us in the main Italian Festivals all over the US. In Seattle our friends Bob and Lee Casazza (thanks guys! We love you) represented us and spread the word to the several Italians who attended the Festival. It is the firs...

Genova e Savona difendono Colombo dagli attacchi statunitensi. «Cristoforo Colombo è un simbolo per gli italiani in America e la scoperta del nuovo continente è un patrimonio dell’umanità, lo sostiene anche la Farnesina». Lo afferma il vicesindaco di Genova Stefano Balleari, intervenendo sulla decapitazione del busto dedicato al navigatore genovese...

“Cristoforo Colombo, il grande Ammiraglio, è il personaggio italiano universalmente più noto e attraverso la sua figura intendiamo celebrare il forte legame tra gli USA e l’Italia e l’intero settore marittimo italiano ed il mare stesso, fonte di vita, di scambi e di unione fra i popoli”. Così Susy De Martini, Coordinatrice di Forza Italia negli USA...

If there is one reason why Italian Americans are especially proud of their ethnic roots, it is because Italy happened to be the birthplace of the first explorers and navigators who “discovered” – or better, “re-discovered” – America at the end of the 15th century. As we all know,  it all began in 1492 with Christopher Columbus’ groundbreaking first...

Giacomo and I are lost. We are winding through the dark old alleys (called caruggi) of Genoa’s Centro Storico, many only a wingspan wide and forgivingly cool in the summer heat. I’m hungry, having just arrived from New York, as is Giacomo, an Italian winemaker friend who drove from Milan to meet me for dinner. In each shady stone artery a glass win...

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?

Why do so few people visit Genoa? I ask this question every time I visit the Italian city. Two summers ago, I heard one of the best answers from Mitchell Wolfson Jr., an American who moved to Genoa in 1968 and is the founder of the Wolfsoniana, a museum of decorative and propaganda arts in nearby Nervi. “Verdi put it best,” Mr. Wolfson said. “‘Popo...