The borgo of Montecassiano dominates the hill between the Monocchia river and the Potenza river. Its medieval identity is enclosed within the high walls, which still surround the old town, that were built starting from 1437, and that separate it from more recent buildings. The urban structure developed in concentric streets that followed the confor...

This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is exploring verdicchio from all over Italy. One of the areas I am most familiar with when it comes to verdicchio is the region of Le Marche, which is located in central Italy. Le Marche has a long coastline along the Adriatic and touches 5 other regions to its west including Emilia Romagna to the...

Italy’s most popular destinations—Rome, Venice, Florence, the Cinque Terre—are endlessly alluring, but in peak summer months they can be crowded and expensive as well. The country’s classic attractions—great art, architecture, food, wine, medieval villages and beautiful country landscapes—can be found outside its famous spots, but where are the bes...

Organic farmer and innkeeper Ashley Bartner admits that her move to Italy "didn’t really make sense". She and her husband Jason decided to relocate to the rural Marche region from New York in their mid-20s, having only visited the country once on their honeymoon. "We signed a six-year contract on the building and just thought ‘OK, we’ll see what ha...

Thursday April 26 - 7 p.m./9 p.m. American Italian Heritage Association and Museum -1227 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12205. This Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Lecture, led by La Rabinessa Liora Kelman of Congregation Beth Israel, will discuss how her family, the Saranos of Milan, were saved from the Holocaust in the small village of Mombaroccio whe...

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...

The traditional activity of the hat district is concentrated around the Marche region and more specifically in the towns of Montappone and Massa Fermana.It began in 1300 when hats were used exclusively for farming activities. Grain harvesting produced straw, which was then braided to be used as a raw material for making “straw hats”.

American-turned-Roman John Henderson, who blogs about life in Italy at Dog-Eared Passport, picks ten of his favourite lesser-known Italian destinations to inspire your 2018 travels. So you’re sitting at your desk and you can’t decide whether to continue your mind-numbingly boring project or kill your boss? Your last three internet dates looked stra...

My name is Matteo Ferramondo and I am a 12th grade Italian student at the George C. Marshall High School located in Falls Church, Virginia. In order to graduate my classmate Gianmarco Starke and I  have the requirement to organize and complete a volunteering project. We decided to organize a charity fundraiser for the students of the middle school...

Organized collaboratively by the MIA (Marchigiani in America) association and the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (Montclair State University), the event will take place at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York (686 Park Ave.) on Wed. Feb. 7 at 6pm. Light refreshments will follow (sponsored by the Macerata Opera Festival)...