The protagonist of this new interview is one of the most important personalities among those who deal with Italian emigration abroad. Ilaria Del Bianco was President of UNAIE, the National Union of Immigrant and Emigrant Associations. She is a member of the Bureau of the Council of Tuscans Abroad, and President of the "Lucchesi nel mondo" Associati...

Join us at Il Centro (8711 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday June 4th doors open at 6:30 pm. Please register all participants here. Our June Cultural Event welcomes Artist/Director Michele Petruzziello as he presents the screening of his docufilm: “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyno”. Click here to watch the Teaser. This documentary takes you on a...

Damn Mattatuck Museum, you are shooting through my heart with one of your latest exhibits. I am of Italian-American descent. My great-grandmother and great grandfather were both born in Avellino, Italy and immigrated to Waterbury, Connecticut around 1900. There's a new exhibit - The Immigrant Suitcase Project: Italians of Waterbury on view in the H...

In 2013, the United Nations estimated that 232 million people, or 3.2% of the world population, lived outside their country of origin. Imagine if all the expats were put together, they would form the 5th most populous country in the world. We could call it the United States of Expatriates. Around the world, the wealthy and poor alike are moving aro...

As Ukrainian refugees start to arrive in Italy’s cities and towns, both international and local charities are spearheading the humanitarian effort. 900,000 Ukrainian refugees are predicted to arrive in Italy over the next six months — and around 50,000 have already made the journey here. But as the catastrophic situation in Ukraine rapidly evolves,...

Over the past two years, while the world was struggling with lockdown restrictions and many of us were forced to work from home, my law firm faced an unprecedented number of requests from people internationally wishing to move their life, family and business to Italy as soon as possible. A new visa scheme for digital nomads is about to make that mo...

When Virginia Stolarski first visited Jim Bommarito's Dolceria-Palermo in 1965, she was looking to try the subs her friends and neighbors had raved about. Little did she know, she’d meet her future friends and neighbors. The legacy of the family bakery is now continued by a third generation: sisters Christine Corrado, Roseanne Valenti, and Grace Ad...

While many of us stayed close to home during the pandemic, forsaking travel and evenings out, others chose a different route. Take Kate Wheeler, a freelance cartoonist from Seattle. Wheeler’s parents retired to Italy six years ago. After dreaming for months about following in their footsteps, Wheeler, her partner, and their two dogs pulled up stake...

The words that we use determine how we see the world and an ambiguous word in the Italian language explains why many descendants of Italian migrants have a limited concept of our country. All too often we blame the lack of schooling as the reason for the ignorance of Italy, as well as of its habits, history and Culture of migrants and consequently...

Fairy tales are often told to young children to instill a sense of adventure, to promote imagination, and to develop the foundations of love and morality. Not many relate the fantastical stories to reality. Yet Ida, 96, and John Buchanan, 98, have been writing their own storybook for more than seven decades. They will celebrate their 75th wedding a...