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The engine idles to off, your feet swing onto the dirty parking lot. A scan of the surroundings isn’t too impressive. An elusive sign or two guide you to the path… Cascate del Mulino this way, they say. The walk is short, the egg-like aroma of sulfur wafts through the air, tickling the nostrils as you draw closer. A few more steps, the rounding of...

Whether it’s for leisure, relax or pure fun, a trip is always exciting, especially if the place is full of unusual and spooky stories. Ghost Tourism offers to the most adventurous visitors, a completely original way to admire amazing places, full of art, history and ... legends! Here are 5 places in Italy for perfect ghost tours. What is Ghost Tour...

Heads up, pasta lovers! A new Italian restaurant has opened in downtown Spokane. Seattle-based Tavolàta has opened their fourth location in a 5,000-square foot space at the corner of Wall Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.  The space has a high ceiling, light gray walls, a smattering of exposed brick and lots of natural light. It features an open...

Barbara liked to tell people she found me in a basement in Brooklyn. Technically, it was a warehouse, but I wasn’t in a position to argue with her. Our first meetings were in 2013, when I was the managing editor of the Brooklyn Rail and she was co-editing the special Ad Reinhardt centennial edition of the publication, which we produced on-site in t...

As night fell over the northeastern Italian city of Venice on November 12, 2019, sirens wailed, signaling the arrival of a particularly high tide. At more than four feet above sea level, the city’s forecasting institute classed the tide as “exceptional,” but residents were prepared with electric pumps and steel barriers slotted into ground-floor do...

Italian restaurant Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar announced plans May 3 to expand to a second location at 2520 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. According to a press release, the new location comes from the positive reception of the Creekside community, where the original Avanti Kitchen and Wine Bar is located. "We have three generations o...

WHEN: May 18, 2021 at 5 PM ET - WHERE: Facebook Live (no account required) - Organized by the Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington Born in Sicily and adopted by Venice, Patrizia Laquidara is one of the most elusive, multifaceted, and brilliant singer-songwriter in the Italian music scene. Occasionally also actress and writer, Patrizia became “a cult fi...

What’s the capital of Italy?  Rome, of course, everyone knows that! Not many know, however, that it hasn’t always been the case. On the 27th of March 1861, shortly after Italy became a unified country, Rome was proclaimed its Capital, but it would take 10 years for the Città Eterna to become Italy’s main city. Why did it take so long to pass from w...

The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), will be hosting its 32nd Annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala on Friday, May 28, 2021. The gala will be held virtually and will recognize highly accomplished honorees, award scholarships to outstanding stude...

An Italian judge murdered by the mafia in Sicily takes a step towards sainthood Sunday, almost three decades after being declared a martyr by pope John Paul II. The beatification of Rosario Livatino will take place in the cathedral in Agrigento, the Sicilian town near where he was gunned down aged 38 on September 21, 1990. In a preface to a new boo...

The Italian American Association of Louisville needs volunteers (set up, officiating, score keeping, and whatever) for the Louisville regional Special Olympics Bocce. Who to contact: Bob Scorsolini at TEL 502-500-9044. Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 Time: 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Place: Kentucky Country Day, 4100 Springdale Rd, Louisville, KY 40241 This has be...

Her day usually started early in the morning, at about 5 a.m. On Sundays, we were awakened by the melodious sounds of clamoring pots. Yep, Mom had already started the sauce; it would simmer for hours, and she’d make enough to last for weeks. At 8 a.m, with a babushka wrapped around her head, she dashed off to an early Mass. Once a week, she baked h...