If you’re in need of proof that stories of renewal and hope still exist, then book a trip to Matera – an ancient southern Italian town that’s gone from decrepit squalor to Europe’s 2019 capital of culture. Matera’s story is tear-inducingly miraculous. As recently as the 50s it was branded “the shame of Italy”, after a writer called Carlo Levi was e...

Perched high above the instep of the Boot in the eastern extreme of the region of Basilica is a city unlike any other in Italy. What makes Matera unique and marks it as a Southern Italian “must see” are its historic, or rather prehistoric, quarters: the sassi. Literally meaning “the rocks,” Matera’s sassi offer the best example of troglodyte (cave-...

Thursday October 24. 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Casa Lally, 132 East, 65th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues), Manhattan, NY. Admission: $45; open to the public. Contact: Nicole Carballeira 212-772-4297 parliamo@hunter.cuny.edu http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/parliamo (Sample foods from local producers will be served). Sponsored by Parliamo Italiano at Hun...

It's always interesting and fun to discover new stories, particular and unknown to me, about something beautiful and winning in the history of the Italian American community. Often these stories are about sport, which in America has seen the triumph of many Italian American champions. Today's story concerns 7 (SEVEN!) golfing brothers who filled th...

BWC Films has acquired US and Canada distribution rights to the award-winning drama Lucania - Land, Blood, and Magic by Italian director Gigi Rocatti. The film stars Joe Capalbo and Angela Fontana. Capalbo is an experienced actor that has worked with directors Peter Greenaway, Abel Ferrara, and Mel Gibson (The Passion of the Christ). Fontana (Indiv...

La “Guida alle Radici italiane”, presentata mercoledì scorso alla Farnesina, è stata resa disponibile e scaricabile gratuitamente online dal Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale nelle sue tre versioni, una in inglese/italiano, una in spagnolo/italiano e una in portoghese/italiano. La guida, che si rivolge alle nuove gen...

Matera’s year as European Capital of Culture is drawing to a close. But its legacy will remain thanks to the unique involvement of local residents. Nine months ago the southern Italian city, known for its ancient caves, was transformed as music, art, sound and colour filled the streets. Organisers always wanted to involve the local community and th...

La Guida alle Radici italiane, il cui primo volume è stato presentato alla Farnesina, si rivolge alle nuove generazioni dei 6 milioni di italiani all’estero ed ai circa 60 - 80 milioni di italodiscendenti che vivono in tutto il mondo: un pubblico molto diverso rispetto ai tradizionali destinatari delle guide turistiche sull’Italia, un patrimonio ec...

Matera città con oltre ottomila anni di Storia alle spalle non poteva non conservare nei suoi rocciosi meandri una delle identità culturali di cui si compone quel meraviglioso mosaico che è la storia del Sud Italia: parliamo degli Ebrei, la cui presenza nelle nostre contrade si perde nella notte dei tempi, senza dover aspettare la celebre cacciata...

The Rotonda Red Aubergine DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) made its appearance in the small municipality in the Polino National Park in the early twentieth century, when the necessity of finding work and the dream of building a new life drove many of the inhabitants of Rotonda to set out on the adventure instigated by the Fascist regime: Ethio...