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My father was the child of two Italian immigrants who were born in Longi, Sicily. His mother, Rosalia, died at 32 years of age shortly after giving birth to her sixth child. My grandfather, Basilio, from whom I received my name, was a tough Sicilian immigrant who found himself with five young children to raise (the sixth child, Domenico, had died a...

Rochester's Italian-American community is celebrating it's 150th anniversary this year.  On Saturday, the Little Italy Festival kicked off at the Marina Auto Stadium. It honors St. Anthony of Padua on his feast day weekend and features the International USL League professional soccer match, Italian tenor AAron Caruso and fantastic food.  Silvano Or...

Marty Pietanza brought a lot of light to this borough. This weekend, his community has a chance to shine some back on him. "Mr. Lights" was well-known throughout Staten Island for his dazzling Halloween and Christmas decorations at 580 Wolley Ave., which was often featured in the Advance as the location of one of "the most festive displays." Marty...

Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #104 magazine of We the Italians! While We the Italians is working for great news, which we hope to be able to announce soon, this month we have been part of three important events here in Italy.

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...

The history of oil in Brisighella has ancient roots, and the rudimentary family oil mill discovered in the excavations at Pieve del Thò dates back to the first century A.D. In 1594, Andrea Giovanni Callegari, Bishop of Bertinoro, stated the following in reference to the Lamone Valley: “The air, the water, the wines, oils and fruits are so good and...

Facing the Tyrhennian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is one of 50 Italian sites inserted on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Amalfi Coast seems to be one grand balcony suspended between a sea of cobalt blue and the feet of the Lattari Mountains, in a long stretch of hollows and promontories, coves, cultivated terraces, vineyards, and citrus and olive gro...

An exhibition in Rome is shedding light on a very interesting aspect of the artistic ferment in Italy and especially in the capital of Italy, which had just become a nation in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. In the halls of Palazzo Venezia, completely modernized and in the new exhibition wing of the Vittoriano, the exhibition explains h...

Lemon and rosemary sorbet is a perfect summer treat, refreshing and beautifully light. You can serve it either as a dessert, a snack or as a palate cleanser between courses. This recipe belongs to my new book – The Mamma Mia! Diet. Sweets should be a treat to enjoy once in a while and better homemade! In the book you will find a selection of tasty...

The radio, considered among the most important invention of the twentieth century, is inextricably linked to the name of this great Italian scientist, known throughout the World as the precursor of the transmission models that still today are at the center of the distance communications system: Guglielmo Marconi.

Five-hundred-thousand hectares of highly-singular natural riches: the Sila Plateau expands over parts of the Provinces of Cosenza, Crotone and Catanzaro. Natural and scenic endowments where the diversity of landscapes, the variety of plant and animal species, and the beauty of all of Sila attest to the importance of the Sila National Park and of th...

The weaving of plant fibres is one of humanity’s most ancient activities, and takes inspiration from nature and has been used over time to create a wide variety of containers and hats that protect against the sun’s glare. In Signa in 1714, Domenico Michelacci, known as Bolognino, began to cultivate 'grano marzuolo', a variety of wheat with small ea...