Sono oltre 400mila i turisti attesi negli hotel e nei B&B di Roma fra Natale e Capodanno: il 4 per cento in più rispetto allo scorso anno. E positivi sono anche i numeri che guardano a tutto l'anno, misurando arrivi e presenze da gennaio a nomembre 2014. I dati sono stati elaborati dall'Ebtl e presentati stamattina in una conferenza all'hotel M...

By Giovanni di Napoli   "The Nativity of Mercy" was officially unveiled Tuesday night at Most Precious Blood Church in Manhattan's Little Italy in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and beginning of Pope Francis' Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.   Commissioned by Monsignor Donald Sakano, the Neapolitan presepio was cr...

by Frank Mathie   When we think of Nativity scenes or mangers, we usually think of small religious settings under the Christmas tree. But ABC7 Eyewitness Reporter Frank Mathie says the Art Institute of Chicago has gone big time with this ancient sacred story.   As always, the Art Institute of Chicago is all decked out for the holidays...

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts' annual Prime Rib Christmas Dinner will be held on Dec. 12 at 56 Margaret St. in Springfield.   The event will open with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. The full menu includes antipasto, garden salad, baked stuffed shrimp, prime rib, roasted potatoes, ziti, desse...

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 6 - 9 p.m., the Capital Italian American Organization (CIAO!) will be hosting its annual Christmas party and potluck social at Staybridge Suites located in the Summit East Complex at 1600 Summit Lake Drive, Tallahassee, just east of Interstate 10 on U.S. 90 (Mahan Drive).   Please join us for good food, I...

It is rather safe to say that up until now Europe has been solely enjoying the talents of the beautiful Italian Pop songstress Alessia d' Andrea in a very big way while the U.S. is just now getting introduced to the budding artist. However, on the other hand the secret is out now and American music lovers have already begun to enjoy and share the f...

What started as an Italian American woman spending Christmas gatherings learning about Italian history may just evolve into helping others learn about various cultures on television through puppets.   Madison resident Kate West, using a puppet called La Befana, hopes to share Italian culture and other traditions with wider audiences through...

The Italian-American tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve stems from Catholic abstention of meat, but there's nothing limiting about the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The meal, typically a multi-course affair offering an ocean's worth of seafood, is a delicious holiday tradition regardless of religion or dietary principles.   Many Washi...

Looking for some last-minute stocking stuffer ideas? Wrap up your Christmas shopping with a culturally rewarding gift. I highly recommend these CDs featuring 17th and 18th century Christmas music from Naples. • Peppe Barra: La Cantata Dei Pastori. Read description• Francesco Durante: Neapolitan Christmas I. Read description• Francesco Du...

Living nativity scenes and pageants, in Italian "presepi viventi", are quite common in Italy. Living nativity scenes are usually presented for several days, thanks to the fact that many people in Italy enjoy wearing a costume and act out the parts of the nativity.   Considering that in many parts of Italy living nativity scenes have become a...