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Abby Kaelin, raised on a fruit and vegetable farm in Butler, always has been passionate about specialty crops. As an agribusiness management major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Kaelin eagerly enrolled in a course on the science and business of winemaking, which included a two-week excursion to Italy. “My family doesn’t grow grap...

Florida offers more than beautiful beaches and bustling cities — it is a gateway to a world of art, history and vibrant traditions deeply rooted in Italian heritage. Florida’s thriving appreciation for Italian culture makes it an ideal location for language learners. Studying the Italian language in Florida can lead to fluency and a deeper connecti...

The Val di Cembra, in Trentino-Alto Adige, is a valley characterized by breathtaking landscapes and a remarkable winemaking tradition marked by grape terraces that rise up to 900 m above sea level. The grapes grown include mainly Müller-Thurgau and Chardonnay. The vineyards are supported by dry stone walls and represent centuries of traditional agr...

Facenda Spirits, a new handcrafted limoncello distillery, is set to bring the Amalfi Coast to downtown Doylestown, writes Michele Haddon for the Bucks County Courier Times. Owned by Chalfont couple Richard and Stacy Facenda, the distillery will offer a locally made version of the traditional Italian liqueur.  Richard Facenda has spent the last two...

One of the most underrated Italian cities by foreign tourists can boast the nickname "Florence of the South" thanks to its architectural and natural beauties. Lecce, in Apulia, amazes visitors with its abundance of baroque architecture and cultural offerings. As soon as one crosses the threshold of the city, you feel immersed in a magical and evoca...

From World War II veteran and accomplished dentist to community leader and generous philanthropist, Dr. Sam Cascio has seemingly done it all. And yet, as he approaches 100, he remains a lively and active member of his community. Cascio was born on Aug. 27, 1924, to Joseph and Josephine Cascio. His father was born in Baltimore, Maryland, while his m...

Tucked in the northwest corner of Italy in the Piedmont region is Turin, a regal city that often escapes the limelight. Thanks to its proximity to the French border, it has a unique flair that some have suggested is less quintessentially Italian. But given that it was home of the Savoy royal family and once served as the national capital, its spiri...

Some NYC culinary institutions are meant to be single-store-front businesses. We mean, can you imagine Prince Street Pizza opening a second location? Although a Carbone for "members only" is operational inside ZZ’s Club in Hudson Yards, the general public largely thinks of the restaurant’s iconic Thompson Street address as the only authentic Carbon...

Walter D’Alessio was a civic leader and legendary figure in Philadelphia’s urban development. Though not a native Philadelphian, his half-century of service to the city earned him the status of an honorary citizen and an influential leader. D’Alessio died at his Society Hill home on July 1. He was 90 years old. D’Alessio’s years of service were ded...

The descriptor “Calabrian” on a restaurant menu usually denotes a Calabrian chile, a type of red chile from the region of Calabria in Italy’s south — the toe of the great Italian boot as it appears on a map. Calabrian chiles have a fruity and smoky flavor with a heat level that can vary from medium to spicy. Their flavor is appearing on more menus...

Brunello Cucinelli is taking things into overdrive in the US market, the most dynamic region right now for the luxury sector. The Italian luxury cashmere brand has just opened its third store in New York.  Following openings on Madison Avenue and on Bleecker Street in the West Village, it is now investing in the "nerd-chic" Soho neighborhood with a...

All roads might lead to Rome, but when they reach here, they are likely to be dug up, shut off or under renovation as the city undergoes a monumental facelift ahead of the 2025 Roman Catholic Holy Year. The Vatican expects up to 32 million tourists will descend on the Italian capital for the Jubilee, putting Rome's antiquated infrastructure under e...