In central Italy’s Umbria region, the small village of Castelluccio sits atop a hill overlooking a broad, flat basin surrounded by the Sibillini Mountains. In October 2016, a significant earthquake struck the area, badly damaging the village and roads—but farming still takes place in the Piano Grande below, where fields of lentils and poppies bloom...

E poi si dice che ormai si è perso il ‘senso della famiglia’: nell’era dei social che – almeno virtualmente – rendono tutti vicini, anche se dall’altro capo del mondo, c’è ancora chi non riesce a fare a meno del ‘richiamo alle origini’ e fa davvero di tutto per riscoprire le proprie radici. Anche se le proprie radici sono in un paesino ormai quasi...

A team of researchers from the University of South Florida has discovered olive oil residue on potsherds dating back to the Bronze Age. The sherds were discovered by Italian archaeologist Giuseppe Voza, while he was excavating a site in Sicily back in the 1990s. Two decades later, conservators from the Archaeological Museum of Siracusa reconstructe...

International Opera Theater’s 15th world premiere Italian opera: “Sacco e Vanzetti: gli uomini e chi li amava (“Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men and Those Who Loved Them”) will take place in Teatro Comunale “Accademia degli Avvaloranti”, Citta’ della Pieve, Italy on August, 24, 25, 26, 2018. Our opera has 8 roles for professional opera singers and 14 ro...

Museo Italo Americano - 2 Marina Blvd, Building C - San Francisco, CA - Sunday 04/22/2018, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Stefania Belli of La Lingua La Vita, Italian Language and Cultural School in Todi (Umbria), which has been running since 1988, will present a lecture on “ITALIA: dove il cibo è un’arte! Throughout the history of Italy, from ancient Rome to...

Along the ridge of the Monte Subasio massif, there are some isolated peaks, the most important of which are, from north to south, Monte Subasio (1290 m), Monte Civitelle (1280 m) and La Sermolla (1191 m). In addition, the north-western end of the hill is San Rufino (1110 m) and the south-eastern end of the hill is Madonna della Spella (978 m); furt...

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...

Umbria seems like a study in contrasts. It’s wedged between Rome and Tuscany, so plenty of travelers pass through it, yet it manages to not feel overly touristy. It has divinely decorated cathedrals, as well as vast tracts of woods—including an enchanted forest that locals say is inhabited by fairies (a sign asks you to seek the woodland creatures’...

Following the traces of the Italian emigration to the US, we discovered that many fellow Italians went to Lackawanna County, in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State is home to more than 1,5 million Italian Americans, according to the 2010 census bureau: the 12,2% of the entire population of the State.  Starting today, March 12, a new book will be avail...

Are there still parts of Italy that are undiscovered country for Irish tourists? Many Irish people will at some point have seen a friend married in Italy, probably in Tuscany. Most of us have at least once stumbled around Rome in the baking heat, with frequent stops for gelato and suppli. Italian hills are as familiar in winter for ski and snow bre...