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The monumentality of The Eternal City manifests in substantial music with fully-developed harmonic structure. We feature GB Costanzi, a maestro di cappella of the Cappella Giulia at St. Peter's. What Makes It Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and i...

FARO DELLA VITTORIA (VICTORY LIGHTHOUSE) is a lighthouse on Gretta hill near Trieste, in Italy. With a height of 223 feet (68 meters), it’s one of the tallest lighthouses in the world. It was constructed between 1923 and 1927 to commemorate those who died at sea during World War I. The location was chosen because of the importance of Trieste, acqui...

Berenice Abbott is best known for her black and white photographs of New York in transition in the 1930s. Sponsored by the Federal Art Project, a New Deal program, Abbott produced over 300 photographs of New York’s urban landscape, culminating in the book Changing New York, which was published to coincide with the 1939 New York World’s Fair. One of...

Rome's traditional cobblestones are loved and hated in equal measure.   Rome would not be the same without its ubiquitous cobblestones, known locally as sampietrini, which carpet the streets and alleyways of the city's historic centre. Although an undoubted symbol of Rome, and much-photographed by tourists, the sampietrini are a source of debate an...

The harvest is an art that is part of history, in fact it has been known since the times of the Ancient Romans, who in addition to planting vines wherever they conquered lands, kept the wine in the legendary terracotta amphorae, also to transport it, especially by sea, in throughout the extensive Roman Empire. What a glass of wine hides? Behind the...

An Italian dining concept with a "Boston-inspired menu" is taking root in Georgetown.  The Garden at the Summit takes its inspiration from the North End, aka Boston's Little Italy. According to a September 29 release, its menu will include, among other things, crab cakes, lobster rolls, pasta, and Roman-style pizzas when it opens in the suburb in m...

An obscure Italian supercar brand from the 1960s is trying to rebuild itself … in America.  De Tomaso, the company that built the oddly chiseled Pantera supercar famously owned by Dimebag Darrell Abbott, the lead guitarist of the ’80s thrash metal band with the same name (pantera is the Spanish and Italian word for panther), has announced it will m...

Picture Italy. What do you see? Perhaps it’s the Colosseum, its boundless history and imposing architecture. Maybe it’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa, surrounded by dozens of people trying to get that photo. Or do you imagine the grand duomo di Milano beside its sprawling piazza? But maybe you’re not thinking of the cities. Maybe what springs to mind i...

Marco’s Pizza today announces the official opening of its milestone 1,000th store in Kissimmee, Florida. The brand’s path to 1,000 stores charts an incredible journey – starting with an Italian founder, Pasquale Giammarco, and a dream of creating a pizza brand, to CEO Jack Butorac who discovered a wonderful growth opportunity, to the immigrant entr...

Salvatore Sciacca was raised in the Chicago area, but he was immersed in the culture of Sicily throughout his childhood. His parents, Joseph and Mary, were born in the Sicilian town of Ciminna, and the family spent six weeks each summer on that storied isle. As he matured, Sciacca broadened his scope, signing up for four years of Italian language c...

Before the coronavirus emergency, many Italians had no clue what ‘smart-working’ meant and could not remotely predict that it was going to become one of the most trending words of 2020. ‘Smart-working’ is an English phrase used in Italian to mean working from home. Now, everyone who has a television has heard at least once Prime Minister Giuseppe C...

FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS, New Yorkers and tourists alike made damn sure to visit Barbuto, celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman’s neighborhood restaurant that blended Italian cuisine with new American approaches. While they were there, one dish stood above the rest: roast chicken with salsa verde. It’s the item most associated with the chef and his restaurant,...