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Florida Grand Opera has announced the confirmation of Maria Todaro as General Director. Todaro, who has been serving as the Interim General Director since October 2023, was unanimously nominated by the FGO Board of Directors with a three year contract in recognition of her outstanding performance and visionary leadership. Florida Grand Opera, the o...

New York’s highest court dealt a blow to efforts trying keep the Columbus monument in downtown Syracuse. The Court of Appeals Thursday denied the Columbus Monument Corporation’s appeal of a lower court decision that cleared the way for the city to remove the statue. Mayor Ben Walsh says the ruling is consistent with the city’s firm belief that remo...

In the latest release of the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Italy achieved outstanding results: four Italian universities emerged among the top ten in specific subject areas, a clear sign of the high caliber of specialized education offered, even though it must be mentioned that no Italian university made the top 100 in the overall g...

When Raffles Boston opened to great fanfare in the Back Bay in September 2023, a few venues at the luxurious property were not quite ready for guests. La Padrona, an Italian restaurant headlined by acclaimed Boston chef Jody Adams, was one of them. But the May 2023 opening has proved worth the wait. The two-story establishment offers a dramatic set...

In a joyful ceremony at the University of Arkansas System Office, the system’s Division of Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding with Kore University of Enna, Sicily. Kore University, founded in 2005, is a private higher education institution with more than 8,000 students. Kore University offers 21 degree courses in five schools: enginee...

We are on our way to Portofino early, in an attempt to enjoy the candy-colored village before the inevitable crowds arrive. A relaxing, luxurious girls’ weekend filled with trofie al pesto and pansotti alla salsa di noci, stuffed anchovies, along with sips of barsotto to wash it all down, seems like just the thing to cure the blues brought on by a...

Like the Lunigiana, Garfagnana is a historic territory located in northern Tuscany (see the map below). The two have many small castles that are interesting to visit and photograph. These days, the Garfagnana is part of the Province of Lucca. Garfagnana is a mountainous region, with lots of rainfall. The landscape is often dominated by the verdant...

Franciacorta has announced its new role as the exclusive Sparkling Wine Partner for the Michelin Guide ceremonies in the United States. The partnership also includes sponsorship of the Sommelier of the Year Awards for the next three years. Since 2021, Franciacorta has been a destination partner of the Michelin Guide in Italy. The expansion into the...

From a piazza in the town of Castellabate on the Cilento coast of Italy, you may lift your eyes over the rim of your cappuccino and drink in a panorama of sky and Mediterranean Sea from Salerno to the Gulf of Policastro. Looking way, way down, a fruited plain of vineyards, lemon trees and white fig stretches to the flanks of green mountains decked...

Sports found Vic Lombardi. And he has spent his adult life finding ways to make it more fun and interesting for the rest of us. The son of Italian immigrants Ezio and Bambina, Lombardi did not speak English until around the age of 7. He remembers watching neighborhood kids play football, not knowing the rules, but joining the game anyway. “It was m...

A labyrinth adorns the garden of one of the most beautiful palaces in the Castelli Romani: this is the labyrinth of Villa Barberini, located in Castel Gandolfo, among the Alban Hills. Villa Barberini is among the most interesting pontifical villas in Castel Gandolfo, the papal residences that dot Lake Albano and are included in the extraterritorial...

Zuppardi’s Apizza is turning 90! The historic pizzeria, nestled in West Haven’s Union Avenue neighborhood, has been serving New Haven-style apizza, pronounced “abeetz,” since 1934. The fourth-generation business is one of the oldest family-owned pizzerias in the United States and was recently featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” according to C...