One of Italy's most popular Christmas attractions is cancelled this year, as the Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige calls off its famed festive markets. Local authorities in both Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and Trentino, the two autonomous provinces that make up the region on the Austrian border, confirmed this week that Christmas markets would not...

Greetings friends of Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society and Museum!  Please join me in planning towards the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth, by reviving the Christmas traditions that built “community” in Little Italy.  For those of us who spent our younger years in Little Italy during Christmas, we recall fondly the magic that came a...

“The Gaudio Family Dynasty”: an eye-opening and inspirational exposé of one of America’s oldest and most successful retail empires. “The Gaudio Family Dynasty” is the creation of published author, Ralph Gaudio, who has worked in the retail field for over sixty years and was previously named Man of the Year by Sons of Italy. Gaudio states: “This boo...

Nel mese delle festività si è registrato il record storico per l’export agroalimentare italiano sulle tavole di tutto il mondo, con le esportazioni di vini, spumanti, panettoni, formaggi, salumi e caviale Made in Italy che solo a dicembre 2019 hanno raggiunto i 3,5 miliardi di euro con un aumento del +7%. Questi i dati emersi dall’analisi Coldirett...

ISDA is most pleased to announce that it has established a partnership with the Italian American Podcast to create a brand new web series entitled, “Greetings from Italian America.” This new program features videos on the ISDA Facebook page and website that explore every interesting aspect of the Italian American lifestyle. John Viola, the ISDA Dis...

For neighborhoods within the five boroughs, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights have long been beautiful neighborhoods with rich colonial history and many gorgeous homes on larger plots of land . Dyker, having been a hidden gem for decades, is now world-renowned for the cluster of mansions with the most tantalizing Christmas decorations and lights each yea...

This real photo postcard of the Holy Rosary Church’s Christmas crib was taken during the 1941 holiday season. Missionaries of St. Charles founded Holy Rosary Parish, located at 911 E. Missouri Avenue, in the 1880s to serve the Italian immigrants in Kansas City, who settled near the old Market Square (now City Market) area. Still standing after the...

Lucky children got to see Santa Claus in person at a recent holiday party hosted by the Federation of Italian American Organizations at the organization’s community center, Il Centro. It was an afternoon filled with fun and laughter as Santa Claus happily posed for pictures with smiling children in the spacious community room at Il Centro, 8711 18t...

Grandma Bruni lived in a working-class neighborhood in a two-family home that I’d struggle to describe — it was that ordinary, that humble. But it was known for blocks in every direction, at least around this time of year, and not because she went wild with multicolored lights or put one of those sleigh-plus-Santa monstrosities on the roof, the way...

Osvaldo Riccio began the work when Christmas was still months away. Hour after hour, day after day, he carefully built, painted and arranged the models and figurines. He would work from morning into the afternoon, until the day when he decided, finally, that it was done. Osvaldo built a presepe, a nativity scene. He built it for Pupa, his wife. Osv...