"Passione. Musica. Violenza. Vita." These four words flashed on the screen amidst clips of fighting, dancing, kissing and beautiful Italian scenery. And so started a weekend full of Italian theatre.   This past weekend, the eighth annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival took place in the Sottile Theatre in full force. The College of Charl...

by Dwaun Sellers Picture it: Urbino, Italy 1982. A young George (Giorgione) Kessler is studying Italian language, history, literature and film abroad through the University of South Carolina. "He totally got hooked on Italy," said his wife and business partner, Monica Kessler.    The pair moved to Columbia in December 2011 and ope...

Finlay Park will be the scene for a free series of performances of a play by an Italian playwright starting Tuesday evening, and it's all free. The South Carolina Shakespeare Company will present Carlo Goldini's "A Servant of Two Masters" on Tuesday through Saturday at the park amphitheater. The play will also run Oct. 4-8 at Saluda Shoals.  ...

Gaetano and Caroline Simonelli were just children on a farm in Nazi-occupied Italy in 1943 when a fighter plane screamed across the sky and crashed within feet of their home.   The pilot was killed. The Simonelli family, devout Roman Catholics, buried him right there on the farm. In a Rock Hill cemetery on Monday – 71 years later – an old m...

A Charleston group working for tighter rules regulating the cruise industry is forming a coalition with similar groups in Venice, Italy, and Key West, Fla. The idea is to make sure there are adequate regulations in place to protect the historic character of smaller port cities worldwide. Carrie Agnew with Charleston Communities for Cruise Con...

"Veremonda, l'amazzone di Aragona," by Baroque composer Francesco Cavalli, is one of Spoleto Festival USA's two festival-produced opera productions.   Conductor Aaron Carpene and director Stefano Vizioli worked hard to unearth and reconstruct the obscure opera, which was last performed more than 350 years ago, in Naples and Venice.  ...

Il turismo ha sempre un ruolo fondamentale nei rapporti tra due Paesi, e nonostante la crisi il periodo delle feste natalizie continua ad essere quello nel quale si viaggia parecchio: molti italiani andranno negli Stati Uniti, anche quest'anno. E' per questo che in quello che questa rubrica interpreta come un viaggio andata e ritorno tra Italia e U...

If there's one thing most people are familiar with when it comes to Italian culture, it's food. Cannoli, gnocchi, stromboli, zeppole, gelato and, yes, more than a few slices of pizza – if you weren't filling your belly at Saturday's Italian Festival in downtown Columbia, then what were you doing?   The annual festival drew thousands of atte...

This fall, CofC's Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival welcomes Italian director and screenwriter Massimo Gaudioso to the Holy City in honor of the 10th annual film fest. Gaudioso is best known for his screenplays of Gomorrah (2008), Reality (2012) and Tale of Tales (2015), starring Salma Hayek. Gaudioso is one of many writers and directors who will...

by Joe Perry   In Italian, the word cibo means food. On Celebration Boulevard, Cibo by Stefano's means classic Italian fare in a casual and quick setting. "It's a super consolidated version of Stefano's," explained Ryan Toniolo, the 28-year-old general manager. "We just want it to be fast and convenient for people."   His pa...