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At 91, Florence D’Urso of Spring Hill has, over her lifetime, donated 25 gallons of what she describes as “good Italian blood.” Thirty-five years ago, D’Urso was the inaugural donor at the LifeSouth Community Blood Centers location opening in Brooksville. And on Feb. 15, 2023, 227 donations later, D’Urso was honored at the opening of the LifeSouth...

Prepare to be transported to one of the greatest artistic periods in history during the exclusive world premiere of Italian Renaissance Alive, created by Grande Experiences and hosted on the grounds of Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. Vivid large-scale displays set to a powerful operatic score celebrate Italian culture, architecture, sculpture, and lite...

FAU Italian Program presents two nights with Maria Teresa Cannizzaro: “Italian Jewels from Dante to Rhode Island” Show and Lecture. Thursday March 2, 7PM in PA 101 Precious Stones and their Meanings in  Dante’s Divine Comedy; Friday March 3, 7PM in PA 101 Italian American Custom Jewelry: Tradition and Creativity. Maria Teresa Cannizzaro is an autho...

The annual St. Coleman’s Catholic Church Italian Festival is back for its 39th year in 2023. The free event will be Feb. 17-19 at St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach. The event will include plenty of Italian food, carnival rides, live music, a silent auction, a car raffle. Admission is free, but you will need tickets to buy food and drinks...

Christopher Columbus set sail with three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Two out of those three ships have become replicas that you can tour. The Pinta replica is docked in Biloxi at the Schooner Pier Complex. A replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ famous ships, the Pinta, is now available for tours. The floating museum was crea...

The City of Tampa is proud to honor the 31st anniversary of our Sister City Agreement with Agrigento, Italy by lighting up the skyline in the national colors of Italy: green, white, and red. This will take place beginning at sunset on February 5, 6, and 7 as a symbol of our deep friendship and cultural exchange between our two cities. Agrigento and...

The Monday after the Super Bowl has traditionally been one of the least productive work days in the U.S., research over the years has suggested. So, one state is proposing to give most workers the day off. A bill proposed in Tennessee by state Sen. London Lamar and Rep. Joe Towns Jr. suggests the Columbus Day holiday be nixed and replaced with a da...

Italian Sons and Daughters of America is pleased to announce that a new ISDA lodge has been established in Pensacola, Fla! The newest chapter, founded in September 2022, is called Primo Paradiso Lodge. Its members primarily reside in the cities of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, and some travel from as far away as Lillian, Ala. Pensacola is known as Ame...

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Daytona Beach is hosting its Italian Festival Thursday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, Feb. 4. There will be authentic Italian food, with complete dinners, pizza, desserts, pastry and beverages. Family-friendly activities will include bounce houses, games, an obstacle course and other activities. Kids eat free on F...

Roberto Angotti is a cultural historian, writer, film director, curator, and radio DJ who blends his love of baseball, Italian American arts and culture, and music into multi-media creations. His film, Italian American Baseball Family, tells the story of how Italian Americans assimilated into popular culture through America’s favorite pastime, base...

Luciano “Louis” Graziano was born on February 6, 1923, in East Aurora, New York, to immigrant parents from Italy. At the young age of 20, on January 22, 1943, the day Luciano “Louis” Graziano was inducted into the U.S. Army, little did he know what an impact his military career would have on his life. The next three years would take him from traini...

This spring, the High Museum of Art will present the first major museum exhibition dedicated to the nature-based works of pioneering American modernist painter Joseph Stella (1877-1946), which will feature more than 120 paintings and works on paper that reveal the breadth of the artist's multi-faceted practice. Co-organized by the High and the Bran...