Yesterday at the Italian Cultural Institute, was the official unveiling of the Treasures from Naples' Teatro di San Carlo, a stunning collection of rare stage costumes, jewels, tapestries, and other treasures, whose provenance spans the last 250 years of Teatro di San Carlo's rich history. The auction of these items at the June 15th Gala Dinner and...

by Roger Vincent   With its towering Doric columns, ornate golden ceiling and marble floors, the 12-story Giannini Place opened to much fanfare in 1923 as the opulent Los Angeles headquarters of Bank of Italy, the fore-father to Bank of America. "Bank of Italy occupies palatial new home," the headline in The Times said of its opening day, w...

California's Mediterranean climate is similar to Italy's, so the Italian immigrants felt at home and were able to bring their food and culture to this new land.   The California soil was ideal for planting crops Italians were used to growing, such as eggplant, artichokes, broccoli and Sicilian lemons. Italians also brought with them a love o...

by Roberto Bonzio   Quando Palo Alto e dintorni non erano ancora Silicon Valley ma un giardino fertilissimo, che forniva frutta e verdura a mezza America, gli immigrati italiani furono protagonisti del suo straordinario sviluppo agricolo. Interi gruppi di famiglie trapiantati in una zona che ricordava per clima e geografia il loro Belpa...

The entire world is familiar with the accomplishments of the great Italian inventors, artists and explorers. The artistic contributions of Leonardo DaVinci to the art world, the genius of Guglielmo Marconi to science, and of the discovery of America through the explorations of Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo).   But what of the less...

San Francisco è un po' la capitale dell'italianità sulla west coast. Mèta di forte emigrazione italiana, luogo di rappresentanza della "frontiera" americana che non a caso si spostava verso ovest, luogo simbolo dell'innovazione: questa città e la zona della California del Nord rappresentano molto per l'Italia negli Stati Uniti. E' lì che da settemb...