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Whenever I am in Italy I have a penchant for staying in tiny towns. Inevitably, after seeing me for several days, because I also stay at least a month in each place, a shopkeeper, a barista, or some other local resident will ask me two questions, in this order:  Da dove vieni? (Where do you come from?) and Perché stai qui? (Why are you staying here...

Il 30 giugno 2020 il Ministero della Salute ha sottoscritto l’ordinanza che regolamenta fino al 14 luglio le restrizioni all’ingresso in Italia per chi proviene dall’estero. L’ordinanza si basa sulla raccomandazione europea relativa alla restrizione temporanea dei viaggi non essenziali verso l’UE e all’eventuale revoca di tale restrizione (a questo...

Italy pays tribute to Andrea Camilleri, one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, with a special screening of a film starring the great Sicilian writer, one year after his death in Rome. Conversazione su Tiresia, filmed at the Teatro Greco in Siracusa on 11 June 2018, will be screened in national theatres across Italy on Friday 17 July, the first anni...

In times like these, manifestos of all kinds are written, especially personal ones from the kitchen. Last week, The Guardian’s food columnist and Italophile, Rachel Roddy, seized this moment to leave her mark, penning eight rules for boiling pasta. Rachel, who lives in Rome, borrowed inspiration from Sophia Loren's classic first cookbook from 1972,...

The total value of last year’s production of Pecorino Romano PDO reached 2 million and 710 thousand euros. One million and 76 thousand euros were paid by the producers, while other revenues and counter-invoices came from public bodies (1 million and 199 thousand euros). The most important investments concerned trademark protection from counterfeiti...

The Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio participated today in a discussion organized by the Atlantic Council on post-Covid-19 scenarios. In addition to the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx, the Ambassadors of the ten leading democracies in the world (so-called D-10 *) joined the discussion. For the fir...

Join Us For Our Annual Tuesday Night. Outdoor Italian Film Festival - Cinema Sotto Le Stelle. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Screenings Begin at 8:00 PM (near sunset) Your Safety Is Our Priority. Social distance practices will be in place. Space is limited. Registration is required. Gu...

This week began with the city’s abrupt decision to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from Seaside Park and ended with an uncertain outlook for the future of the likeness of the controversial explorer. “It needs to come back out. It doesn’t belong to the city. It belongs to all residents of Bridgeport,” City Council President Aidee Nieves ackno...

Pope Francis on Saturday recognized the heroic virtue of the life of a 17th century Italian Jesuit missionary who evangelized – and mapped – much of what is now northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. On July 11, the pope formally recognized the life of Servant of God Eusebio Kino, S.J., as one of heroic virtue. Kino, an explorer and mi...

On July 1, a statue of Christopher Columbus is removed from Columbus City Hall in Ohio, where it had been for more than sixty years. July 4, a statue in Baltimore of the celebrated Italian explorer, which had stood for 36 years, is torn down by rioters and thrown into the city’s Inner Harbor.  July 6, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a statue of Columbu...

The weeklong Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will begin Monday, although in a more limited capacity compared to previous years. The longest-running Italian heritage festival in the country is celebrating its 145th year, and organizers say some aspects of it were never in doubt. “Regardless of what would’ve transpired ... the most important part o...

Traditionally, the town is dominated by four groups – Italian, Irish, Black and Puerto Rican. Each group has a monument in Lions Park to the history, struggle and triumphs of their people. The mixes of race and ethnicities has long been a point of pride among Bristolians. It was only a matter of time before the monument to Christopher Columbus in B...