An Italian-American philanthropist wanted to donate €2 million to a hospital in Ragusa, Sicily, but left before writing a cheque after being forced to wait too long in a sweaty waiting room. The would-be benefactor, Pippo Giuffrè, was hoping to donate the money to the new Giovanni Paolo II hospital.   However, when he went to meet the g...

Paolo Rossi, founder of the Italian travel site, Dante in America, is arranging for some exciting late summer travels that may interest the Italian community in New Mexico.   "I take groups of people on a journey through the regions of the world I know best, the places where I spent considerable parts of my life, truly exploring all their un...

by Angela Fritz   Early Thursday morning, southern Italy woke up to see this remarkable display — Mount Etna, Sicily's tallest peak and active volcano, was erupting after two years of silence. The sky glowed red above Sicily, seen above from Calabria, Italy's most southern region. The skies were cloudless on Thursday morning and Mount E...

By Russell Shorto   As a writer I've always tended to seek out origins. My first book, about the search for the historical Jesus, was an attempt to get at the "real" story behind my Catholic upbringing.   After living in Manhattan for several years, I wrote "The Island at the Center of the World," a book about the Dutch settlement of...

By Jim Yardley   The 18 coffins were placed in two neat rows beneath the late-afternoon sun as the mayor and other dignitaries took their seats inside the hilltop cemetery. A Catholic vicar-general offered a homily. A Muslim imam unfurled a small rug and knelt in prayer, his singsong voice rising above the stone mausoleums toward the blue of...

Date: Friday, January 22, 2016 - Thursday, March 31, 2016 Hours: See IIC gallery hours Venue: IIC Organized by: IIC In collaboration with: Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania, Scuola di Fotografia and Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia, Le Nove Muse Editrice, Digital History Archives, Credito Siciliano, Sheraton Catania, Miartè Fine Art and F...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - Saturday, June 15, 2013Photographs by Giuseppe LeoneThe exhibit describes the culture and identities of Sicily and in particular of the historic-archeological-naturalistic district of Marsala, from where the Statue of a Youth (the Mozia Charioteer) currently on view at the Getty Villa, comes from. Born in Ragusa where he li...

With the aim of promoting the idea of Italian creativity and excellence, the Comitato Leonardo, the Italian Quality Committee, an association of entrepreneurs promoting "Made in Italy" brands worldwide, just concluded a successful event focused on agroindustry. Organized in Catania, a city in the hearth of Sicily, this conference stressed the impor...

By Sol Park   It's not personal, it's strictly business. In one scene of a new novel by former Brooklyn resident Frank J. Pennisi, a group of Sicilians wielding flaming wine bottles full of gasoline have a confrontation with striking Irish workers on the Red Hook docks.   Giuseppe, one of the main characters in the historically-m...

  WTI Magazine #77    2016 March 18Author : MIPAAF      Translation by:   Ragusano DOP is a spun curd cheese made with raw cow's milk using traditional equipment. It is produced throughout the province of Ragusa and in some towns in the province of Syracuse during the fodder season, i.e. November to May. Historically referred to as "caciocavallo...