The great Italian films from the decade after World War II — such as “Bitter Rice,” “Bicycle Thieves” and “La Strada” — weren’t just the inventions of directors gaining international fame. They had roots in Italian cities, villages and the countryside. Now an extensive collection of photographs from the era — actually, from 1932 to 1960 — is on vie...

Pasta is perhaps the most popular Italian dish originated in Sicily in the 12th century. For a long time it remained a food for the rich and privileged, and only in the 18th century, industrial production has turned the paste into the main cheap product for most Italians. Mass immigration of Italians to America in the early 20th century helped past...

If you’re of a certain age, you know Louis Prima's songs and wild on-stage antics from TV or Las Vegas.  If you’re younger, you know his songs recorded by younger artists like David Lee Roth and Brian Setzer or in TV commercials. Others know him as the singin’, swingin’ voice of King Louie in Disney’s animated film The Jungle Book. One thing’s for...

A few weeks ago, I took a solo vacation to Italy. Part of the trip was a weeklong art retreat sponsored by an Alexandria business, Artistic Artifacts, run by owner, Judy Gula. She led our group in creating mixed media art journals during our stay in a medieval town called Ischia di Castro, and our daily excursions, which included visiting religious...

A German-Italian artist is in Kansas City photographing Holocaust survivors. Luigi Toscano started on a mission to fight anti-Semitism and racism about four years ago. So far, he’s photographed about 400 people, documenting their stories and showing them in public displays all around the world. He says he continues to be inspired by them. Toscano s...

Si è conclusa nei giorni scorsi la mostra fotografica sul re del baseball Joe Di Maggio allestita a Isola delle Femmine (Palermo) paese di origine dei genitori del celeberrimo giocatore di baseball. La mostra fotografica, organizzata da Agata Sandrone, Presidente della Sede locale di BCsicilia, ha riscosso grande interesse non solo tra i siciliani...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! It’s July and, like usual, it’s very hot in Italy. We are working on very important things, starting the first Columbus Day ever organized in Italy. It will be in Siena on October 12, which is the Italian official Columbus Day. Please sign our Manifesto in defense of Columbus, here. On June 10 W...

“Italoamericani: Ambasciatori di Italianità” – I volti e le storie degli italiani che hanno fatto grande l’America, è il titolo e tema di una mostra di Franco Maricchiolo inaugurata oggi presso il Chiostro della Cisterna di Palazzo San Macuto – Camera dei Deputati a Roma. La mostra del fotografo messinese (che sarà aperta martedì dalle 15 alle 18 e...

After all 115 photographs were finally ensconced on the walls of the Museo Italo Americano, assistant curator Bianca Friundi took a good look at what she'd help put in place. "It was almost like a punch in the gut," she said. "I was realizing how true the words of my parents and grandparents and the history books were. The power of these photograph...

Una mostra fotografica per ricordare Joe Di Maggio, il più grande giocatore di baseball di tutti i tempi è stata allestita ad Isola delle Femmine, a cura dell’ascoiazione BCsicilia Isola delle Femmine, con lo scopo di far conoscere alle nuove generazione la sua affascinate storia.  La vita di Joe Di Maggio, infatti, è l’icona del sogno americano, d...