According to the most recent survey (the 18th “Rapporto Italiani nel mondo” by the Fondazione Migrantes), published at the beginning of 2023, the Italian expats are now almost 6 millions, +91% vs 2006; and these are only the expats enrolled in the AIRE (“Albo degli Italiani Residenti all’Estero”) as there are many more Italians expats that are not...

The establishment of the first U.S. Consulate General in Leghorn in 1794, closely followed by another in Naples in 1796, marks the beginning of consular relations between the USA and pre-unitary Italy. Yet, the roots of this connection delve deeper into the rich soil of intellectual and scientific exchange that predated that institutional connectio...

Marche is the only Italian region whose name is pronounced in the plural, where the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea seem to look at each other in the eyes: a region of a hundred theaters, with an infinity of natural, cultural and historical beauty. In addition, Marche has been the birthplace, in history, of as many as ten popes as well as some of th...

On May 14, 1864, a reward was published in a newspaper in Richmond, Virginia, for the capture of Henry, a runaway Black slave. On the same day, Pasquale Falvella posted a reward in a New York tabloid for an eleven-year-old Italian harpist named Antonio Pricolo. The boy had escaped from Falvella, who was a cruel padrone. Although Antonio’s fate is u...

As you may know, Italy has played the World Baseball Classic with a national team composed mainly of Italian American players. If the WBC had existed say roughly 75 years, we would have been a kind of DREAM TEAM. I looked a little bit at all those faces of Italians who are no longer there. I saw the Italy of 1948 and told about it on Che Palle! blo...

The Bee Cave Arts Foundation 501(3)(c) has embarked on an extraordinary collaboration with Paestum, Italy. Paestum was the first landing location on the continent of Europe   by the Texas 36th Infantry Division, who along with allied forces, led the invasion to liberate Italy from the Nazi regime in WWII. Selected American and Italian student and v...

Let's start by saying that there were not three of them. The caravels, I mean. This is an enduring myth that has entered powerfully into the imagination. Three like the Wise Men, like the Musketeers, like the oranges of the fairy tale. Wanting to be precise, two caravels and a nao: a large trading ship. But it matters little: myth is built on simpl...

As the entire world quickly shut down in 2020 for the pandemic, my inner world slowly opened up in new and exciting ways. Finding myself at home on Hilton Head Island on the coast of South Carolina in the USA with extra time, I committed to an earnest and thorough effort to finally research my genealogy. It wasn’t long before I was completely engro...

For three decades, volunteers have been trying to fulfill a promise made by the U.S. government in 1945: to bring home the 80,000 U.S. soldiers lost during World War II. "Keeping America's Promise" is the slogan of Project Recover, an NGO founded by physician and chemist Patrick Scannon. Finding the remains of someone missing for nearly 80 years ma...

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...