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The De Cecco Little Italy Festival of Rochester, NY, is delighted to announce that a major international artist and PBS television superstar from Venice, Italy, – Italian songstress GIADA VALENTI – will be performing her live show “From Venice with Love” at this year’s Little Italy Festival at 8pm, on Saturday, August 20th at Parcel 5 (285 E. Main...

Pizza arrived in the U.S. during a wave of southern Italian immigration in the early 20th century. It's difficult to imagine that one of America's most beloved foods has only been sold here since 1905, per Serious Eats. The first pie, served out of a grocery store in New York City, was based on a Neapolitan style. However, Gennao Lombardi adapted t...

Recently, I did a ZOOM presentation sponsored by I AM Books in Boston on my 2015 book, Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience.  The book, to which local Chicago writer David Anthony Witter also contributed, documents the amazing, untold story of how Americans of Italian descent blended their specific musical talents...

The new episode of the show presents the profile of Carlo Riva, Italy’s most renowned shipbuilder in the 20th century, and author of the Aquarama (1962), which is still considered the best boat ever built. In the episode, I explore his career as both boatman and designer in a poetic dialogue with Dante Alighieri, who similarly saw boats as technica...

Due to a failed education system that pushes ideology and indoctrination, many Americans are unaware of our rich and unique history — a history that exemplifies why America is an exceptional nation. When we don’t know our history, false narratives begin to emerge like the 1619 Project, pedaling the lie that our founders were nothing more than rich...

To promote its tourism credentials to summer vacationers, the Italian Alpine resort of Courmayeur is launching a campaign that’s entirely based on sound! This original playlist is composed of sounds emanating from the flora and fauna of the region. This year, there are no glossy photographs or video ads in sight. For the mountain resort of Courmaye...

Come enjoy a movie under the stars at our annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night of the Summer.  The Little Italy Summer Film Festival 2022 is presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. The movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater. These amazing Italian films, complete with English subtitles,...

Bisentina, a tiny privately-owned island in the heart of Lake Bolsena in central Italy, will open for guided tours on Saturdays from 2 July to 8 October. Long inaccessible to the general public, Bisentina is one of two islets in Europe's largest volcanic lake and has been inhabited since Etruscan and Roman times. Over the centuries the island has a...

Synonymous with timeless elegance and luxe refinement, Italian leather goods brand Tod’s will be opening its seasonal pop-up in the ultimate summer vacation destination hotspot, East Hampton. Setting upon the New York seaside haven for its second year in a row, the luxe locale spans 1,700 square-feet, seeking inspiration from the resplendent coasta...

In Italy, young summer love is a rite of passage. It’s the romance that blossoms once school is out, possibly with the person you’ve had a crush on for the entire year, but didn’t really speak to until the end of the term. It’s the sweet teenage fling you start during your villeggiatura with the new kid next door, only to end it once September come...

She has worked with a few masters of contemporary Italian cinema and she is just getting started. Angelica Cacciapaglia was born in Ponte dell’Olio in the region of region Emilia-Romagna and grew up in Milan in a family of artists. Her childhood was spent cultivating a passion for acting. She studied her craft at the Teatro Libero di Milano and emp...

Visits to the dome of St Peter’s are possible every day from 08.00 to 18.00, during April to September, and from 8.00 to 17.00, during October to March. The cupola was designed by Michelangelo who worked on the basilica's construction beginning in 1547. On Michelangelo's death in 1564, his pupil Giacomo Della Porta took over the direction of the wo...