Just in time for the Italian American Heritage Month, Northeast Ohio is getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of The Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE). The opening exhibit, “Faith, Family, Ambition: The Italian Americans of Northeast Ohio” explores Italian immigration to Northeast Ohio and highlights the many positive contributio...

On a hot and still Sunday night in August 1997, a nameless ship silently beached at this town's sandy marina. The captain and crew slipped off the vessel and disappeared into the darkness. Next, some 446 mostly young people climbed out of the ship's hull and stepped onto the beach here. Many of the newly arrived wondered if they had reached Germany...

That’s often the first question Italian Americans ask one another. Most Italian Americans trace their roots to villages in the Mezzogiorno, or the regions that comprise Italy’s south: Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Abruzzo, Puglia, Molise, and Sardinia. The Observatory on Italian Roots, which is funded by the AsSud Association, an entity t...

In the late 1970s, my mom left her small hometown in Puglia, Italy, to live in L’america! Brucaleen, to be specific. While she was likely anxious and worried to leave her life behind, the excitement of starting her own version of the American dream was stronger. Another force on her side — a slew of Giovinazazze (locals from her town) had also immi...

Nella sede romana della Stampa Estera è stata presentata la ITALICA GLOBAL COMMUNITY, gli oltre 250 milioni di persone che nel mondo abbracciano e condividono i valori, gli stili di vita e i modelli dell’Italian way of life diffuso e apprezzato nei cinque continenti. L’obiettivo è di costruire un network di stabili relazioni con la grande e autorev...

Acclaimed creator Carmine di Giandomenico (The Flash, Daredevil: Battlin’ Jack Murdock) and rising star Francesco Colafella, together with Arancia Studio (the Italian media company which works on Mirka Andolfo’s bestselling Image Comics titles and surprise hit like Commanders in Crisis and Deep Beyond) present an original graphic novel in Leone. Th...

The American Italian Heritage Museum sits inside an old church building on Central Avenue in Colonie. Much like the people it represents, the building has blended into the scenery while still having a distinct identity of its own. The credit for this goes to Philip DiNovo. A retired professor from SUNY Morrisville, he felt the need to record and pr...

On Aug. 26, 2021 the Fiorilli family marked its 100th year of living and thriving in these United States of America. Our first ancestors arrived a century ago at the Boston Harbor, having traveled from their hometown of San Giovanni in Galdo, just south of Compobasso, Italy. That group included Antonietta (mother), John (first son), Renzo (second s...

Italian immigrants in the United States are often thought of as clusters of Catholics who congregate in communities to preserve their culture and religion. In truth, the history of Italian immigration to this country is much more diverse and complex than the stereotype. This week will focus on the primary immigration routes of Italians for the last...

Questa storia nasce da una scatola di cartone, come quelle che molti emigrati si portavano dietro, vecchie, consunte, ma piene di ricordi. È la storia di due famiglie molto unite che per destini e scelte diverse sono state costrette a separarsi. Una distanza siderale per l’epoca, con una guerra e un oceano in mezzo. Due foto sbiadite ci parlano di...