Thanks to a Calabrian parish and its leader, the Chanukah lights shined a bit brighter last week for a southern Italian congregation led by a former Pittsburgher. With the eight-day holiday nearing its end, Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud — the first synagogue to openly function in Calabria, Italy, since the Inquisition — faced a dilemma. For years, the...

Everything Michéal Castaldo loves includes sharing the very best Italian music, the freshest olive oil from his family’s groves, a stay at his family’s enchanting villa, Villetta Mimma Vittoria, named for michéal’s mother. To spend time with michéal is to drink in all the things that go with “La Dolce Vita,” the sweetest life imaginable.Michéal beg...

In the province of Cosenza and still upheld in inland villages, there is the Christmas Eve tradition of the strina. In the past, the musicians used to go from house to house to bring the “good news” of Christ’s birth, getting paid and thanked with eggs, cheese, olive oil, wine and salami. In more recent times, groups of relatives, friends, acquaint...

Blessed with one of the most beautiful languages, Italy is also home to a plethora of linguistic minorities, twelve to be precise, across fourteen regions, with almost three million speakers. The Occitan linguistic minority of the Alpine valleys of Piedmont and Liguria is probably one of the most well known, also because of the importance the langu...

The social distancing protocols brought on by the pandemic has given people around the globe a newfound appreciation for nature. Being forced to swap crowded Sunday brunches for hiking trails and big neighbourhood barbecues for solitary walks has led more people than ever outdoors. If you too have gone full-blown nature lover, Italy has something i...

Entro il 24 dicembre 2020 sarà possibile iscriversi al Master di I livello dedicato alla formazione della figura professionale “Esperto in organizzazione e gestione del turismo delle radici” (Roots Travel Planning and Management), presso l’Università della Calabria di Arcavacata (Cosenza). Il Master, coordinato dal prof. Tullio Romita, Professore A...

In the 21st century, protecting our homes means, more often than not, installing a top notch alarm system, one of those we regularly set off by mistake in the morning when, before our first coffee, we open the kitchen door to let the cat out. Our fear for intruders, unfortunately well justified, is quite specific: it’s people we’re afraid of and it...

After the fall of The Roman Empire, the Romanesque or Romance language that had developed from Vulgar Latin in the western regions of the Empire evolved into three languages. The differences between them can best be comprehended by referencing the classification of Dante, in De vulgari eloquentia. He divides the Romance languages into three groups...

Beyond Italy’s famous art cities like Rome, Florence and Naples there’s a rich tapestry of smaller towns and villages to discover and enjoy at a slower and more traditional pace. The association I Borghi più belli d’Italia, “Italy’s Most Beautiful Towns”, was created specifically to protect and promote them. Small towns with a population of up to 1...

It is nicknamed the “salotto Verde” of Cittanova and has been considered since 1984 a national monument of natural and historical interest by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage. Mayor Carlo Ruggiero had the villa built at his expense, the project was done by the swiss engineer-agronomist Enrico Fehr, then it was donated to the town in March 1880. T...