Umberto Mucci

Umberto has a degree in Political Science and a master in Marketing and Communication. He is the founder and CEO of We the Italians and the representative in Italy of the Italian American Museum of New York. He gives lectures about History of Italian Emigration to the US, and he has published four books about Italy and the US


Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #105 magazine of We the Italians! Gee, it’s hot here in Rome, this July! A few days ago I had the pleasure to be part of Mike Pilla’s “Patrimonio Italiano” show. Mike’s a great guy, informing about the Italians abroad, a great resource that Italy has not yet learned to appreciate and embrace the way they deserve. Here...

Have you ever wonder why Italians say In bocca al lupo! to wish you luck? What does a mouth of a wolf have to do with my luck? And, above all, why do I have to be in its mouth to be lucky? Well, today we are going to see some of my favorite expressions in Italian, and they all have to deal with the word, or maybe I should say the animal, lupo – “wo...

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.

Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #103 magazine of We the Italians! I'd like to start this editorial by celebrating all the Italian American soldiers who lost their lives, in all the American wars: Monday May 28 is Memorial Day. To pay my respect, this year I've interviewed somebody who not only beautifully represents the Italians who have fought or s...

Let’s continue our tour of Italy through its dialects! Next stop Piedmont! We are in the north-west of Italy, not too far from France and Switzerland in the north and next to Valle d’Aosta to the west, Lombardy to the east, and Liguria to the south. And today we are going to talk about Piemontéis, or Piedmontese! The dialect people speak here. Firs...

Here we are talking again about the Italian language. Today we are going to talk about grammar and one of the most confusing and probably one of the most common mistake for Italian learners: auxiliaries! Oh yeah, are you ready to start? Hopefully I’ll be able to help you out a little to better understand this topic.

Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #102 magazine of We the Italians! First of all we want to thank all of you, recipients of our newsletter: we reached 80,000 subscribers! It's just the beginning, we have to do much better than that, but it's worth celebrating. So, once again: THANKS!! Please spread the word and have your friends who love Italy to subs...

Ay, Jing-a-di-jing hee haw hee haw: it's Dominick the Donkey! What does Dominik the Donkey have to do with the Italian language? Nothing you would say. But “è qui che casca l’asino!” - the donkey falls here. Wait, what does that mean? Well, my friend that’s what explaining to you today.  Apparently, donkeys are a very popular animal when talking ab...

Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #101 magazine of We the Italians! We began this 2018 by celebrating our 100Th magazine, and our new book, the 2017 Yearbook of We the Italians. Our friends at Community, the Rai Italia tv show dedicated to the Italians abroad, were so kind to invite me to talk about this. For those interested to watch it, the episode...

Ciao from Rome, Let's celebrate!! This is the 100th issue of our magazine. I can't believe it! It seems yesterday, and yet it was October 2013, when we had the idea of having articles written for us, in English, regarding some Italian excellences. There was no flipping book magazine back then, the articles were published in a brand new section of o...

We want to share with you a few numbers regarding our 2017. During last year we've promoted 7,183 news; published 192 articles in the 12 issues of our Magazine; done 24 interviews; published one yearbook (about the 2016 interviews). Our archive of websites regarding non-profit organizations, groups, departments, festivals, museums, associations and...

In addition to being the most important and representative Christmas tradition, the crib is also the oldest: the first nativity scene was made by St. Francis and his friars on the night of 24th and 25th December 1223 in the mountains of Greccio, near Rieti in the Lazio region. The first crib is actually a mass exceptionally celebrated in a cave rat...