The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce the creation of the NIAF DiLella Fellows Program, an all-expenses-paid, weeklong strategic business and political tour of Italy for outstanding young Italian American and Italophile professionals between the ages of 25-40. The inaugural NIAF DiLella Fellows Program will take place...

The City of Florence and MUS.E are offering from May 25, 2024 and throughout the summer a rich program of visits to explore the towers, gates and fortresses of Florence, all of which have endless stories to tell. Visitors will thus have the opportunity to enjoy unprecedented views of the city and delve into the history of Florence in its urban deve...

“In 1994, shortly after he’d won the San Remo Song Festival in the ‘new voices’ category for his song ‘Il mare calma della sera’,” Laura Biancalani, CEO of The Andrea Bocelli Foundation wrote me, “I knocked on Andrea’s front door to ask him to organize a concert to benefit a local hospice for the terminally ill. Impressed that only at age 18 I was...

History as it lives and breathes. History written but with chapters still to write. Fiorentina and Atalanta are finalists again. One in the Europa Conference League final after progressing late against Club Bruges, the other in the Coppa Italia and now Europa League finals after a triumph over Marseille. They are the finalists. A statement of fact....

Florence is one of the most beautiful, fascinating, and culturally rich cities in all of Italy with more than enough choices for the whole family. Whether you are a first-time traveler, returning for a second trip, visiting as a family or flying solo, this list of the top things to do in Florence will help you navigate the city without feeling over...

A new and revealing documentary about the life of the 16th century Italian explorer Giovanni Da Verrazzano will make its debut in New York City on April 17th. The film will be shown on the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Da Verrazzano’s ship, in what is now New York Harbor, on April 17, 1524. The film "Giovanni Da Verrazzano: From the Renaissan...

In the seven centuries since the Ponte Vecchio was first built in Florence, Italy, the bridge has watched the city changing around it, surviving floods, fires and the Nazi invasion in World War II. Now, the famed bridge itself is getting a two-year makeover, at the cost of about €2 million, to restore it to its former glory, the city of Florence an...

There is a guaranteed method for making even the most peaceful of restorers hostile: uttering the phrase “restore to ancient splendor” in his presence. Emanuela Daffra, superintendent of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, is explaining this to us in front of a panel by Giovanni Bellini that is under the care of professionals working in the institute’s...

Thanksgiving Day 2023 is one that Penn State York students Olivia Miles and Abby Snyder will not forget. They spent 10 days, including Thanksgiving, in Florence, Italy, as part of a human development and family studies course, Understanding the Italian Family: Historical and Cultural Context (HDFS 499).  Studies in Florence, as the course is common...

The delights of Italy are universal: clinking Negronis in Rome, spinning a Riva through Venice’s Grand Canal, island-hopping off the shores of Sicily, all interlaced with hefty doses of wine, mozzarella, and art. It’s this limitless allure that has travelers from all over the world descend on the boot with near insatiable fervency, and often all at...