Aug. 3 is no longer a regular day in New York State, it is now 'Tony Bennett Day," Governor Andrew Cuomo announced. This proclamation comes on Bennett's 95th birthday, as he prepared to take to the Radio City Stage in the first of his two final public performances in New York City. "You would be hard-pressed to find someone who has made more of a c...

Boca Raton, nel sud della Florida, e’ luogo di riposo per molti italoamericani di successo che nascondono il loro ricco passato in case lussuose. Appena si entra in casa Nestico, una villa sull’acqua, si viene accolti da una scalinata in marmo a forma di S con ringhiera in ferro battuto. Racchiuso nella rotondita’ della scala, un pianoforte a coda...

If you’re a magazine writing about Italy right now, there are three things that you can’t not cover: police brutality, Italy’s victory at Euro 2020 and the outstanding success of Måneskin. The Italian rock band are, in fact, the cultural phenomenon of the moment. They show an attractive face of Italy to the world — together with the boys of Roberto...

For the first time ever, the legendary Enrico Caruso has appeared on film in both sound and vision. A hundred years after his death, images of the great Neapolitan tenor have been reunited with his voice by the Cineteca di Bologna in a restoration of the 1918 film "My Cousin" - the only surviving film of an originally silent pair in which he appear...

We all have those legendary performers we wish we could have met in person. For me, the list begins with Jackie Gleason, Jimmy Stewart and James Cagney. But one name resonates as being at the top of my "Wish I woulda met" list: "The King Of Cool," Dean Martin. Dean passed away Christmas Day 1995, so I thought I would share my experience with the Ma...

When the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame presented Richie Merlo with a lifetime achievement award last December, it capped a career that spanned more than six decades and stretched from coast to coast. A crooner and jazz trumpeter, Mr. Merlo was featured in the Buffalo area’s leading nightclubs, past and present. At the fabled Town Casino in the early 1...

On 6 July 2020, at the age of 91, Maestro Ennio Morricone sadly passed away. He was an extraordinarily talented composer and arranger, beloved by all for his rare ability to reach and move people with very different musical tastes. The Farnesina has decided to honour his memory by producing a limited edition box set, available to Embassies, Permane...

Pistola Garden, in Puglia between Alberobello and Fasano, offers a place to walk, see flowers and plants native to Puglia, enjoy a picnic, or just relax. Set on the grounds of a masseria, or old farm estate, Giardini Pistola also has vineyards and a farm shop where you can buy snacks, their wine and other products produced on the estate or nearby f...

You don't need a front seat at the Met to enjoy some of New York City's finest opera. You can experience it all: The live music, costumes, and scenery at Caffè Taci Opera Nights, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this summer. Opera enthusiast and owner Leopoldo Mucci said what started out as a vision quickly blossomed into a reality, when he ho...

Fire has always meant a little more in Chicago than nightmares of lapping flames. Here, it evokes rebirth, reinvention, a certain bootstrap-ism even amid daunting circumstances. How fitting, then, that fire welds together the works headlining the inaugural Opera Festival of Chicago, 150 years after that cataclysm stopped the city in its tracks. You...