"I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: first, the streets weren't paved with gold; second, they weren't paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them. This well-known quote, said by an Italian immigrant to America, reminds us that life in the new world wasn't easy for o...

La nuova piazza di Pile, all'Aquila, sarà intitolata a John Fante, scrittore e sceneggiatore statunitense di origini abruzzesi. "Grazie al lavoro certosino svolto dalla Commissione consultiva per l'onomastica comunale, recentemente ricostituita sotto l’amministrazione Biondi e composta da personaggi autorevoli della comunità aquilana abbiamo approv...

“Bacchus amat colles, as the Romans observed, so the wine god must adore the Abruzzi,” wrote Burton Anderson in The Simon and Schuster Pocket Guide to Italian Wines in 1982. “Between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines, which reach their highest point in the snow-capped Gran Sasso range above the regional capital of L'Aquila, there is little else bu...

Abbiamo incontrato l’arcivescovo Salvatore Joseph Cordileone pellegrino per la prima volta nel santuario del Volto Santo a Manoppello. Nome e cognome dell’arcivescovo non nascondono le evidenti origini italiane. Nato a San Diego (1956), è arcivescovo di San Francisco dal 2012. Prima ancora ha esercitato il ministero episcopale nelle diocesi di San...

Every year people in Cocullo, a small medieval town in Italy's Abruzzo region, adorn a wooden statue of its patron saint with live snakes and parade it through the streets. The "serpari" festival, on 1 May, honours San Domenico di Sora for miraculously removing snakes from farmers' fields in the 11th Century . However, it is also said to originate...

My grandparents emigrated to Western Pennsylvania from the province of Chieti, in the Abruzzo region, in 1910. I never had the opportunity to ask them why they left, or why they chose PA. But research and histories have revealed some answers. According to a number of studies, Western Pennsylvania coal companies were booming in the late 19th and ear...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago (IL). "Rite of Tomorrow," a performance featuring Natalja Aicardi, Daniel Johanson, Roberta Terche Nocentini. In remembrance of the devastating earthquake that struck near the city of L'Aquila in 2009, affecting more than 45 towns, kil...

The Abruzzo region has produced many well-known Italian Americans, including Dean Martin, Rocky Marciano, Mario Lanza, Bradley Cooper and Ariana Grande. History: Many cities in the Abruzzo date back to the time of the Roman Empire, including Corfinio, Chieti, Atri and Teramo. After the fall of the empire, the region came under the control of severa...

There is no doubt that religious festivals represent a large part of the traditional Italian heritage. An expression of faith, of course, but also events with a strong social significance and bond of belonging to the community, especially in the South: Leonardo Sciascia, in "Corda Pazza" (Mad rope), about religious festivals wrote that in Sicily th...