Italy debuted in Eurovision at the inaugural contest back in 1956 and have claimed victory twice with Gigliola Cinquetti 'Non ho l'età' (1964) and Toto Cutugno 'Insieme: 1992' (1990). Italy took a hiatus from the contest after the 1997 competition and returned with a bang in 2011 - emerging as part of the newly minted "Big Five". In more recent yea...

Erie News Now has spent the last week taking a look at plans for the region's big summer festivals, fairs and events to see how organizers plan to approach things this year. Our focus this time is on St. Paul's Italian Festival, centered around St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 16th and Walnut Streets. It's normally a colorful, noisy, vibrant socia...

Verona residents are missing the city's Vinitaly wine fair, cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus crisis. Writer Richard Hough asks whether such events will remain important in Italy - and tries a digital tasting instead. As I suggested in my last column, wine is the lifeblood of Verona and the cancellation of the Vinitaly fair, for th...

Serene and atmospheric, the hill town of Valguarnera Caropepe sits at 629 meters above sea level on the eastern slopes of the Erei mountains in the province of Enna. The surrounding hills face the giant volcano Mount Etna, the ocean sprawling in the distant background.  In ancient times, the territory was an important place in the Demeter, Persepho...

The Santa Barbara County Education Office has begun planning a virtual version of this year's I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. The festival is scheduled to take place on May 29, 30, and 31. Normally, the festival is held in front of the Old Mission where artists of all ages from across the country come to draw their chalk masterpieces....

The Association of the Celebrations of the Big Shoulder-borne Processional Structures was born in 2006 and includes four Italian religious feasts (the Santa Rosa Machine in Viterbo, the Gigli Feast in Nola, the Varia of Palmi and the Faradda di li Candareri in Sassari). Since 2013 this group is into the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by U...

Get your appetites ready, the Bravo Italiano Festival is likely to return to North Country this year.  The event that draws thousands to the Watertown fairgrounds arena for fried dough, Italian cookies, pasta, bocce ball and more is now in the planning phases for 2021. This is following the cancellation of the full event for the first time in the f...

The Italian American Civic Association’s annual Bravo Italiano Festival is returning for its 36th year. The group made the announcement on its Facebook page on Wednesday. The association says now that vaccines are being distributed and a sense of normalcy is hopefully on the horizon, they have begun planning this year’s festival. Organizers say the...

Before COVID-19, every summer Boston’s North End would show its true colors - green, white and red. 2019 marked 100 years of Saint Anthony’s Feast, a four-day celebration at the end of August said to be the largest in New England, the feast of all feasts. The heart of the feast is a sacred ritual brought here by immigrants from the southern Italy h...

One year ago, the rector of the shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii was looking at empty pews after COVID-19 restrictions took effect in Chicago. The shutdown was a crisis for many churches, and for the 100-year-old shrine in Little Italy, it could have spelled disaster. They relied on contributions to the collection plate to keep the church going. "We j...