Its been 15 years since Rockford signed a Sister City agreement with Ferentino, Italy, but over 100 years of close ties have existed between the cities. This partnership celebrates the contributions of Italian Americans to Rockford and Ferentino’s importance in Rockford’s immigration history. Rockford’s Italian Sister City program began with DeCast...

Cascate del Mulino are rated among Italy’s most beautiful hot springs – and they’re free.  Located in the Maremma area of southern Tuscany, they’re part of the world-famous Terme di Saturnia.  The warm water (37.5°C year round) that flows from the spring has been enjoyed and appreciated since Etruscan times, and the Romans built the first public ba...

The Lucchesi Nel Mondo will honor Paul Ciminello and Lilia Leonardi Juarez as Man and Woman of the Year at their annual banquet on Aug. 28 at the Mazzini Verdi Club. The following profiles were provided by the organization. Paul Ciminello Paul Ciminello has been a member of the Lucchesi Nel Mondo Association for over 25 years.  Paul left his home o...

In southern Tuscany, a land of artistic and culinary wonders, rises up the dream village of Cortona. Located 30 km from Arezzo, Cortona, a village of Etruscan origin, stands on a hill, almost at 500 metres above sea level, from which you can admire the beautiful landscapes of the Val di Chiana. The village is characterised by the presence of long c...

Pecorino is an exquisite product with a long tradition. Ancient testimonies still exist that praise its qualities: in older times it was called “Marzolino” and in 1475 the humanist Bartolomeo Platina acclaimed it as the best cheese in Italy. In 1832, Ignazio Malenotti, a member of the Linnean Society of Paris, published the “Shepherd’s Handbook” in...

Something sinister is hovering over real estate Italian cultural assets which, even if privately owned, fail to remain within the scope of state property and are put up for sale without the Ministry of Culture apparently having any wiggle room. Two striking cases in a few months give a good example of the situation. The first one is Palazzo Sacchet...

The kilns of Montelupo began producing the first “archaic majolica”, decorated with copper and manganese, as far back as the end of the 13th century, subsequently developing this activity over the course of the following century.  By the end of the fourteenth century, Montelupo was one of the driving forces in the renewal of majolica techniques and...

My “Italian Adventure” novels are love letters to Italy. There’s no other way to describe the experiences of an American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides to never leave. Both Cucina Tipica (2018) and Cucina Romana (2021) have characters and plot, conflict and resolution, humor and pathos, but all of these traditional narratives are infor...

The Bertolli® brand, which has more than 150 years of rich culinary history, is proud to unveil Bertolli d'Italia™, a premium and taste-tempting line of sauces, made in Italy. The new Bertolli d'Italia line is crafted with tomatoes vine-ripened under the Italian sun, finely aged Italian cheeses, fresh cream, and Mediterranean olive oil. Inspired by...

Florence is a city packed with historical sights, stunning views and impressive exhibitions. What makes the million of tourists fall in love with the birthplace of the Renaissance is that you can experience so much of its great beauty without spending a penny. It’s a true open-air museum and you’d be surprised at the amount of free things to do in...