With its approximately 4,660 mi of coastline, Italy is the ideal place for sea lovers. The wide variety of its beaches makes it perfect for every type of vacationer in search of nature, fun, and rest and relaxation. The Italian coast, with its countless gulfs, coves and inlets, touristic ports and long, sandy beaches, is truly adapted to the water...

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is celebrating 100 years as a museum. This small home on Tompkins Ave. has been a beacon of light for history, learning and the Italian culture. To commemorate this monumental  achievement, a series of exhibits will be highlighted. They will include  all of the regions of Italy with a colorful display of their regional d...

Rocco Petrone, the immigrant son of a couple from the town of Sasso Castalda, near Potenza, was the engineer monitoring the countdown on July 16, 1969 for the launch of the Apollo 11 spacecraft in Cape Canaveral that would take two men to the moon for the first time, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. A mechanic engineer, he was the director of launch...

On September 12, 1962, in Houston, in Texas, the State where he would be killed just over a year later, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy made a historic speech, in which he announced the race to the Moon. "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," JFK said.  When you...

Matera rises up on both sides of a deep ravine, its houses carved out of pale limestone, one piled on top of the other, forming a dazzling beehive of humanity. Known as the ‘City of Stones’, Matera was one of Italy’s first settlements, said to be the third-oldest continually inhabited city in the world, and its layers reveal Palaeolithic, Gothic, B...

«Nessuno potrà mai dire abbastanza bene di Rocco Petrone. Non saremmo mai arrivati sulla Luna in tempo o, forse, non ci saremmo mai arrivati senza Rocco». Con queste poche parole Isom “Ike” Rigell, ingegnere capo del Kennedy Space Center e addetto alle operazioni di lancio, restituisce tutto il peso di una figura rimasta a lungo in ombra, ma che ha...

Era figlio di emigrati italiani, Rocco Petrone, l’italiano della missione Apollo 11 di cui il prossimo 20 luglio ricorre il 50° anniversario. A ricordare questa singolare figura di scienziato, l’uomo chiave della missione, è il giornalista Renato Cantore nel libro “Dalla terra alla luna. Rocco Petrone, l’italiano dell’Apollo 11”, con prefazione di ...

The Apollo 11 moon landing was 50 years ago, but the images of humans walking on the powdery lunar surface, the earth rising behind them, are every bit as awe-inspiring today as they were in 1969. In Matera, the city in Southern Italy that’s the 2019 European Capital of Culture, this powerful moment will come to life with the Apollo Soundtrack, a m...

For the 73rd time in their history, Italy and Italians celebrated the Festa della Repubblica, with events across the globe aiming to underline the relevance of what happened in the country in 1946. June 2nd became a public holiday only in 2000 though, when Italian President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, decided to make a National Day of ce...

Viggianello is a Borgo with a strong Byzantine and Norman influence. The monks who created the laure were Byzantines (groups of monastic cells with a church in common), still visible in the historic center. The Borgo incorporates the ancient Arab residential area that corresponds to the Ravita district (IX century). After the Saracen domination, th...