When Hollywood produces a film about Italian Americans, it usually is of a certain vintage and the purveyors of such art are usually their descendants. In a change of pace, enter the talented duo of director Alejandro Monteverde and screenwriter Rod Barr, who collaborated last year on the highly acclaimed Sound of Freedom, one of the most successfu...

He seemed invincible. And for a while he was. Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1916, John Basilone was the sixth of 10 children brought into the world by Salvatore Basilone, an Italian immigrant, and his first–generation Italian–American wife, Dora. A typical Catholic boy of his age, the future Marine was educated by nuns, good at boxing, and not inte...

Stephanie Longo, a Doctor of Strategic Communication candidate at Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA, USA) is seeking participants for a survey that will help complete her dissertation, which seeks to determine the ancestral homeland marketing factors that motivate ancestral travelers. Ms. Longo is looking for survey respondents whose families i...

We always talk about the “old days” when we followed traditions the family held onto, mostly in reference to food, family gathering, religious practice etc. These are all a great part of our family history, but they don’t help us with our genealogy research. Some of those traditions are so ingrained that they are never talked about. They just “are....

Imagine moving across the ocean, where the rhythm of life dances to a different beat, where family dinners linger into the night, and where children's laughter fills the piazzas well past sunset. This is the reality for Sarah L. Thompson, an American mother navigating the beautiful yet complex terrain of raising her children in Italy. Unlike the st...

On August 9, 2023, my son, Mike Palmer, and I boarded a flight from Pittsburgh, Penn. to Milan, Italy. We were on a journey to follow the footsteps of my late father, William Albino Vicini, who, in turn, made a similar trip to Italy in 1976 to visit our relatives and pay respects to his father, Albino Vicini, in Trefiumi, Italy. In Milan, we gazed...

History did not happen to make us feel good, and a few realities overlooked by many Italians and Italian Americans have spawned misconceptions. We have seen individuals claim a monopoly on what is or is not Italian, ranging from “the correct way” to make recipes to how to pronounce words. Multiculturalism is a good place to start. Italy is multicul...

For more than a year, Denver and Colorado have welcomed more than 38,000 migrants in search of refuge from the turmoil in their homelands in South and Central America. In the core sense of the word, “refuge” evokes hope, comfort, and safety. This is what Denver, some non-profit charities, and the State of Colorado have provided in the absence of co...

It took Uncle Luigi Berardi 13 years and a lot of hard work to secure a bond and file a petition for his brother’s family to come to America, but on May 11, 1970, Amato Libero Berardi, his parents Ferdinando and Carmela, and brothers Ferdinando, Salvatore and Fausto, moved from their farmland home in Longano, Molise, Italy, and settled in Philadelp...

Nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards®, as well as winning top directing and acting prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Io Capitano, will have its U.S. theatrical premiere on February 23. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture, Non-English Language.  In this acclaimed narrative fe...