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...

Two women on a couch in a neighborhood of Point Richmond. "This murder is not going to change our love for Italy." Lorraine Lombardo and Christina Olivolo are a world away from Rome, Italy, but after the murder of an Italian Carabinieri, with two Northern Californians charged, they feel right next door, emotionally. "My first reaction is like being...

The International Literary Award Città di Penne, created by Italian Professor Igino Creati in 1979, has been awarded to influential scholars and artists from all over the world. The Prize has evolved over time, and every year has become more prestigious and more relevant to Italian culture in Italy and abroad. Past recipients include: Umberto Eco,...

Fifty years have gone by since Mayor Joseph Alioto got a call from the Consiglio Comunale di Assisi announcing that the proposal to make San Francisco and Assisi Sister Cities had been approved. That decision marked a crucial moment in the history of the two towns: Assisi, the Città della Pace, (as locals always underline) is in fact Sister City wi...

The Knights of Saint Francis have guarded the Porziuncola Nuova Chapel at the National Shrine of Saint Francis for over ten years. The rector, John La Riva recently closed the little chapel, for no apparent reason, and as a result it is no longer open to members of the public. The Knights of Saint Francis request that the Archbishop direct the rect...

Zucchero parte per l'America e inaugura il “diario del nuovo album”. Il disco sarà registrato nei prossimi giorni tra Los Angeles e San Francisco: il cantautore è pronto a raccontarlo sui social e prepara il nuovo tour. L'artista ha mostrato sui social i momenti prima della partenza per gli Stati Uniti. “Sono in aeroporto pronto a partire per l'Ame...

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 serie di appuntamenti per onorare un rapporto di gemellaggio storico che, dopo 50 anni, è stato rinsaldato con una dichiarazione congiunta siglata lo scorso settembre in occasione della visita istituzionale di una delegazione del Comune di Assisi a San Francisco. Questa mattina a Perugia, nella sede della Giunta regionale di Palazzo Donini, il...

Beyond the throngs of tourists and kitschy Italian restaurants hides the real North Beach, a bastion of hidden alleyways and Beat-laced history. Whether you're sipping a stiff cocktail or searching for a just-right book of poetry, keep your eyes—and your mind—wide open when exploring this richly cultured neighborhood. North Beach has been hit espec...

A visit to San Francisco’s Consulate General of Italy typically begins with talk of not dinner but dessert — specifically, zabiaone. That’s because the friendly Labrador that belongs to Consul General Lorenzo Ortona and his wife, the journalist Sheila Pierce Ortona, is named for the dessert of the same deep golden color. They call her Zaba for shor...