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Festa Italiana is bringing an authentic Italian festival experience to Birmingham in June. According to a news release, Festa Italiana will be coming to Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces on June 15. The Italian American Heritage Society, a not-for-profit organization, is hosting the festival. The event intends to celebrate and preserve Italian culture an...

Experience the Paranormal Investigation of The Italian Club (1731 E 7th Ave) in Ybor City, a captivating journey into the eerie past of this historic site. Award-winning guides and paranormal investigation teams lead guests through 90 minutes of chilling tales and immersive exploration, utilizing state-of-the-art ghost-hunting equipment. The event...

The Italian Cultural Institute in Miami was inaugurated with an event attended by a large, enthusiastic audience. The Director General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Alessandro De Pedys and the Consul General in Miami, Michele Mistò officially cut the ribbon. On this occas...

Last week a local veteran, living at AdviniaCare in Naples, turned 101. A birthday party was thrown by his daughter, the Lions Club, and also attended by fellow Veteran brothers of the community. The WWII veteran is Vincenzo “Jimmy” Renda, born Feb. 23, 1923, in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest of three sons of Sicilian-America immigrants. He and his...

In January of 2023, more than 100 young, active Italian Americans between the ages of 21 and 35, gathered together in Sunrise, Florida for our inaugural Italian American Future Leaders Conference.  This year, we set out to live up to the incredible success that was the first IAFL, and the reviews are in and it looks like we exceeded all expectation...

When Father Adam Forno offered the opening prayer at Sgt. Bonanno Lodge, Order Sons & Daughters of Italy’s 40th anniversary, he noted how long it could take for then new Italian emigrants to be recognized. Fast forward, and the speaker and longtime lodge advocate is the daughter of a U.S. Army Infantry soldier and an Italian war bride, Palm Beach C...

Within the Italian-American community, there is an ever-present concern that younger generations simply aren’t interested in their Italian heritage, a sentiment echoed among the older generation like a haunting refrain. The question, “How do we engage the youth” has been asked time and again, but until now, no one ever cared to answer it. Last Janu...

Italian American Future Leaders (IAFL), an influential fellowship and networking platform that's empowering and engaging younger generations (ages 21 – 35), held its 2nd national conference, "IAFL2," at Amerant Bank Arena.  The latest conference was comprised of nearly 200 fellows (first-time attendees), alumni (returning attendees), mentors and pr...

The Italian Food Company has one of those pandemic bad timing origin stories that would seem impossible to have a happy ending. Owners Isis and Tony Wright, who had been living in the Florida Keys after moving 80-plus miles south from Miami, bought an investment property and closed on it in the first week of March 2020. Then Covid hit. The deal cou...

Frascione Gallery, an esteemed gallery in Florence, Italy, is embarking on its expansion into the United States with the launch of its second gallery set to grace the prestigious Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Frascione Gallery is renowned for Old Master masterpieces and will now also offer art aficionados a curated selection of Modern and Contemporar...

Italian American Future Leaders, a fellowship and networking platform that's empowering and engaging younger generations (ages 21 – 35), held its' 2nd annual conference, "IAFL2," this past weekend at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, FL.  The latest conference was comprised of fellows (first-time attendees), alumni (returning attendees), mentors and p...

You probably know a few things about Leonardo Da Vinci: he’s the Italian genius who’s incredible discoveries changed the course of history. But do you know about his dozens of experiments and inventions? At Da Vinci: Machines & Robotics, you’ll explore the mind of the greatest genius of all time during a hands-on interactive exhibition.  The family...