Come to the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (420 Tompkins Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305) and view our presepio until January 6th! Free with admission to the museum: $10 non-members, $5 for members. The nativity scene or crèche, called in Italian the presepe or presepio, brings to life the story of the Nativity as told in the canonical as well as apocryphal...

Si è acceso l’albero di Natale più famoso del mondo, quello del Rockefeller Center di New York. Ma in pochi conoscono la sua storia. La tradizione di questo albero inizia negli anni della grande depressione dall’idea di un italiano: Cesidio Perruzza. Lui nasce negli anni ottanta dell’Ottocento a San Donato Val di Comino, un piccolo paese in provinc...

The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter's Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5. The 85-foot-tall spruce tree came from the forests of the Veneto region in northeast Italy and another 20 smaller trees were donated by communities in the region's province of Vicenza.It was ado...

Atrani si prepara a vivere la magia del Natale con l’accensione delle luminarie che faranno diventare il borgo più piccolo d’Italia un vero e proprio presepe a grandezza naturale. Le luci saranno accese questo pomeriggio giovedì 5 dicembre all’imbrunire e renderanno Atrani un borgo da favola fino al 12 gennaio 2020. Luci colorate tra le arcate, vic...

Christmas is a big deal throughout Italy, and the region of Aosta Valley provides the perfect backdrop for a magical and festive celebration with its mountain towns, spectacular resorts and rustic chalets. The most famous of Aosta Valley’s Christmas splendours are the artisanal markets, including the prominent Marché Vert Noël, which is located wit...

Trumpets will sound this Saturday in Gubbio on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception, as the world’s largest Christmas tree display once again comes to life. The attraction, which takes up an entire mountainside in the medieval Italian town, is 2,100 feet tall and more than 1,000 feet wide. The tree display shines throughout the holiday season, unti...

What do you mean, one hundred years? It is common knowledge that panettone was likely created back in the Renaissance, possibly at the Milanese court of Ludovico Sforza: that’s much more than 100 years! Well, it’s true: our delicious, beloved panettone, symbol of Christmas festivities, soft, buttery goodness of our holidays does come from the Renai...

During his brief trip to Greccio on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis paused to pray at the site where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene. The small grotto resembles the tiny cave of Bethlehem where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus. Frescoes from the 14th century adorn the cave’s walls, depicting Mary breastfeeding the Christ...

The American Association of University Women’s Murrysville chapter will host Italian singer Marco Fiorante at its Dec. 12 meeting for a special holiday program. Born in Cellino San Marco in Italy’s Puglia region, Fiorante completed his musical study in “canto lirico” (“opera performance”) at the Conservatorio Tito Schipa in Lecce, Italy. He has per...

The stars will shine and the night will be filled with music on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. when Our Lady Mother of the Church parish, 209 Woodcliff Ave., presents “A Christmas Extravaganza.” Barbara Ciannella, Amy Duran, Chad Armstrong, Sara Louise Petrocelli, Kyunghee Kim, and Lucia Wehr will perform Christmas carols and other holiday music, Broadw...