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The holiday formerly known as Columbus Day will be officially recognized by Vermont as "Indigenous Peoples' Day", starting on Monday, Oct. 14. Former Gov. Peter Shumlin began observing Indigenous Peoples' Day by gubernatorial proclamation in 2016, a tradition that his successor, Gov. Phil Scott, has maintained. At the beginning of this year, a bill...

Enter Amaro, by the James Beard Award-winning writer Brad Thomas Parsons. I had a sneaking suspicion that a book with that title might contain answers, and wouldn’t you know, it did. Parsons’s excellent book contains far more than clarifying information, including recipes for aperitivo, classic, and modern cocktails, suggestions for cooking (and ye...

The Italian American Committee on Education (IACE), and the Italian Cultural Institute, are pleased to host New York Times bestselling author Dianne Hales presenting her latest book “La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World”,  a celebration of the Italian culture and its global impact. "There is a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger t...

Closed since 2012 following a landslide, the Via dell'Amore (Lovers’ Lane), the Cinque Terre’s most famous path, is scheduled to be repaired starting this fall and reopened in 2023, according to a plan presented by the Cinque Terre National Park last week. The scenic trail that connects the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola, the first two of the...

She stripped naked to protest against harsh laws restricting IVF in Italy which are based on Catholic principles, has no qualms about appearing nude, and is an agnostic, yet Monica Bellucci agreed to star in Mel Gibson’s very Catholic movie, The Passion of the Christ (2004). The beautiful, free-spirited Italian actress was born on September 30, 196...

Italians are giving plastic straws the boot. Italian bargoers are going to have to use their noodles to suck down their drinks — some bars are using straws made out of pasta, according to a recent Reddit post. “Here in Italy bars are starting to use pasta as straws to reduce plastic use,” according to the post. “Our technology amazes the world anot...

The "entire" Italy spirits and liqueurs sector is at risk from US tariffs, wine and spirits federation Federvini said Wednesday. "The US tariffs put at risk the entire sector of the production of spirits, liqueurs and cordials," it said. "Trump's axe may hit a hundred or so companies and several thousands jobs," it said. "The tariffs will spell a n...

Il Circolo Italiano invites all University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, students to attend their annual Italian Card Night event from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the J.B. Hunt World Language Center, JBHT room 215. Members of Il Circolo Italiano will teach participants how to play various Italian card games including Scopa and Briscola. Bring y...

Three weeks ago, in Italy, an extraordinary young Italian woman was beatified: Blessed Benedetta Bianchi Porro. Truly a saint for our time — especially for young people who suffer from chronic or progressively debilitating illnesses and all those who care for them, specifically doctors — you will not regret getting to know her. Benedetta was born i...

New York City has been a melting pot since it first was settled by Europeans. Initially, Dutch, English and Scots mingled their daily lives with the Native Americans. Then, in waves of legal immigration, Italians and many others arrived in the city. A theme park in The Bronx during the early 1960s mirrored New York's historic melting pot. Freedomla...

Heading to his new top position, Paolo Gentiloni is set to be the new European Commissioner for Economic Affairs. The 65-year-old Italian aristocrat has faced and convinced MEPs that he is the right man for this job. The reform of the euro area and the revision of EU fiscal rules at the centre of the hearing. He said those rules are not perfect and...

The 19th edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World was presented today at the headquarters of the Dante Alighieri Society in Rome. This year the event will be dedicated to "the Italian language on stage". From 21 to 27 October, the Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes will promote the study and dissemination of the I...