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Traces of historical kilns and various examples of archival evidence suggest that activities related to ceramics have taken place in Messina since the Arabic period. The first ceramic findings date back to the discovery of the old municipal cemetery (1878-1880), which represents the most authentic expression of the creativity of the craftsmen from...

Viggianello is a Borgo with a strong Byzantine and Norman influence. The monks who created the laure were Byzantines (groups of monastic cells with a church in common), still visible in the historic center. The Borgo incorporates the ancient Arab residential area that corresponds to the Ravita district (IX century). After the Saracen domination, th...

Taleggio is a cheese with ancient origins, from before the 10th century. Documents dating to the 1200s contain references to its trade and barter, together with other cheeses. Its name is taken from its area of origin, Val Taleggio, in the province of Bergamo, which covers an area of over 80 km2 on the orographic right side of the river Brembo. The...

The "Dama Castellana", one of the most important historical Italian events, evokes an important Renaissance battle that took place in the second half of 1200 between Conegliano and Treviso. The Living Checkers commemorates the battle where the soldiers from Conegliano, victorious in the dispute, forced the enemies to bring them on their shoulders,...

On June 7, 2019, Honorable Lubbie Harper, Jr., (Ret.), Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court conducted a ceremony in which the contributions to the law of the National Italian American Bar Association were recognized and in which the officers and directors selected for service in 2019-2021 were inducted.  Justice Harper conducted a cer...

Welcome again to our Italian Citizenship Assistance column! In our previous article, we discussed the growing world-wide phenomenon of people with Italian ancestors wanting to gain Italian citizenship and the benefits connected to Italian Dual Citizenship. Gaining Italian citizenship is something that is truly possible for anybody who makes the eff...

The history of Turin in post-unification Italy is certainly linked to that of the industrial sector with particular regard to the production of automobiles and means of locomotion. From the progressive expansion of the places that housed the factories in the 1950s, with prestigious buildings often designed by famous architects, there has been a con...

We have already seen the difference between the passato prossimo and imperfetto indicativo, but those are not the only two past tenses you can use in Italian on a regular basis. There is also the passato remoto, a tense that it is not really taught to people who are trying to learn Italian, or at least only at higher levels. Why? Well, the explanat...

Monte San Giorgio, a mountainous mass in pyramidal form south of Lake Lugano (between Lombardy and Switzerland), is a site of extreme historical, archaeological and scientific value. An international point of reference for paleontological research, the Italian slope of Monte San Giorgio was inserted onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010 (the Sw...

  Family business dynasties abound in the luxury Italian fashion sector. There are the Zegnas, the Ferragamos, the Versaces, the Della Valles, the Benettons and others, but the Fendi dynasty – including the five Fendi sisters – has been a nearly all-female-run operation from the start. An enduring brand That makes Fendi stand out. The Sorelle Font...

Almond and limoncello cake is a delicious dessert that recalls the familiar tastes of the Amalfi coast (Campania), from which limoncello originates. Traditionally, limoncello is made from the zest of Sorrento lemons.  Lemon zest, or peels without the pith, is steeped in spirits until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed...

At the northern end of Liguria, a few kilometers from the French border, is the Boccanegra Garden, 4 hectares of terraced land sloping down to the sea, an exquisite example of acclimatization of plants from Mediterranean climates from all around the world.  The first traces of the territory date back to 1554, but it is especially in the last two ce...