The Promised Life (La Vita Promessa) is an Italian period drama that begins in Sicily in 1921 when the region was extremely impoverished, much like the rest of Italy after World War I. The series transports viewers from Sicily to Naples to New York City (with some flashbacks) during the time when waves of Italian immigrants were arriving on America...

Falling in love with a Tuscan villa in a serious state of disrepair transformed Frances Mayes’ life and career. Her tale of restoring Bramasole, in Cortona, is at the heart of Under the Tuscan Sun, her bestselling memoir and the film of the same name. Diane Lane played Mayes in the big screen version. She’s gone on to write eight more books about I...

Three buildings in Matewan are expected to be renovated over the next few years. Using $1.7 million from the U.S. Economic Development Authority, Coalfield Development Corp. and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum plan to transform the buildings into a job training center while preserving mine wars and unionization history. These buildings have a hi...

Ciao from Rome!   As you probably know, at the end of October Rome hosted the G20 Summit, where the 20 most important countries in the world gather their leaders to talk about the future of the world. We the Italians sent a small reminder to the press offices of the summit and the embassies of the 20 countries involved. A symbolic communication, on...

Joe Gallucci was a teenager when his family immigrated to New York City from Italy. So later, in 1965, as the U.S. was sending combat forces to Vietnam, that draft notice came as a scary surprise. Joe's student deferment was over. So he took that induction notice to an Air Force recruiter. "I said, 'I don't want to go in the Army, I'm not a citizen...

For those like me who are not particularly familiar with the world of jewelry, which is also such a fundamental part of the production in which Italy has always excelled, it was curious to verify Maria Teresa Cannizzaro's passion and knowledge for the world of bijoux. A world that I do not know, but that I have learned to appreciate by being in the...

The Italian Garden Project Foundation is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a grant from the Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation for our Legacy Fig Tree Collection! The fig is a revered fruit to Italian Americans. It adapts and thrives in a land not its own, much like the immigrants themselves. Growing a fig tree when they arrive...

For many people, just to hear the voice of a loved one again is worth more than gold itself. When historian and author Anthony V. Riccio set out to record Italian immigrant stories in Boston’s North End nearly 40 years ago, he did not know that these voices would one day prove to be that gold not just for the immigrants’ families, but for all those...

This is the foreword to the catalogue of the exhibition “Dolce color d’oriental zaffiro. Le gemme in Dante e nei bijoux americani” opened on September 24 at the Museo del Bijoux in Casalmaggiore, Lombardy, Italy The history of Italian emigration to America and of the integration of our fellow Italians in a world that was unknown and often hostile t...

Potentially Dangerous is a feature-length documentary film about a period of time during World War II when the U.S Government restricted the rights and freedoms of 600,000 Italian residents of the United States. All were declared “Enemy Aliens,” and many were placed under curfew, banned from their workplaces, forcibly moved from their homes and com...