Civita di Bagnoregio

People come from all over the world to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, an island of golden red tufa, laying upon white  clay. Because of heavy hydro-geological erosion, tufa here turns into cleaves and badlands. The phenomenon has transformed the landscape into something reminiscent of a dantean circle, with the earth slowly crumbling, as if consumed by a slow illness. Italian …

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Columbus ships

Contact tracing has been remarkably successful at helping contain the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, Australia and Germany, as well as some smaller places. Yet contact tracing goes back a long way: 500 years ago Italian physicians used it to control syphilis.

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Columbus statue - Boston

Once the statues are all dethroned, should we go after every individual with Nazi & slavery links or move forward and build a better world?

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Raffaello-Madonna

Planning to visit Italy?
In the meantime enjoy a virtual tour of the Raphael exibit in the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome.

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Italian-Americans were affected by the Supreme Court case.

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memorial day

On Memorial Day it’s customary to spend time remembering and honoring the countless veterans who have served the United States throughout the country’s history.

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Italian Parliament

An Italian lawmaker, exercising her parliamentary privilege, delivers a passionate speech against Bill Gates.

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Italian Leader Slams ‘False COVID-19 Numbers: 25K Did Not Die, it’s a way to Impose a Dictatorship’.

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Marcus Aurelius head

During the last 14 years of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Europe faced one of the worst plagues in European history, the Antonine Plague.

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Randazzo Italian Market curbside

Lessons about resiliency, teamwork and being open to quick changes we can all benefit from.

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Mattarella visit to Altare della patria 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic Italy celebrates Liberation Day without marches, public demonstrations or speeches.

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“I ask you, Saint Expedite, to aid me in my financial difficulties. Let your strength and support protect my income and help me obtain enough money so that I will not suffer need and want.
Please let peace and enjoyment reign in my household. I ask you and pray that my wishes be granted, and glorify your intercession. Amen”

Prayer to Saint Expedite

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"Chuck" Anselmo, Jr

“Chuck” Anselmo, former president of AIFEDSE, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2020.

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rome-sunset-tiber-river

Rome during social distance and before.

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Santa Maria del Fiore duomo

Just click on any image and enjoy the view.

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Garibaldi-Lincoln

Giuseppe Garibaldi is best known for helping Italy’s unification, but he came very close to take another notable assignment.

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Christian crosses

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week.

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stay at home

For those who want to follow closely the situation in Italy…

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Toilet paper empty shelf

As Americans were ordered to stay home and bathroom visits shifted away from work and school, the demand for toilet paper skyrocketed as people stocked their homes.

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Plague mask

The most important design object of our time was more than a century in the making.

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Roma Spanish Steps

Cities deserted, families separated and social life on hold all over the world.

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Vò Vecchio in northern Italy

Vò Vecchio could offer clues on to how to deal with the coronavirus, after health authorities appear to have stopped the spread of COVID-19.

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mattinata-fiorentina

Spring is here!

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Bamberg

Germans sing “Bella Ciao” in solidarity with Italians.

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Today the Tuscan bread maintains the same shapes as it once did with the sun-bronzed crust, the compact, crumbly, porous inside, and characterized by the absence of salt.

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Sleepless In Seattle

It is an incredible story!

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Fratelli Milano Tagliatelle Verdi Al Ragu

Craving for Italian food in Miami?

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Trevi Fountain Closed

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy extended the emergency measures against the coronavirus pandemic to the entire country on Monday.

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During March 2020 the Jean Lafitte facility of National Park Service of New Orleans is presenting information on the Sicilian Migration into New Orleans.

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Mimosa

After World War II, on March 8, 1945, the first women’s day was celebrated in Italy.

1946 saw the first appearance of its symbol, the mimosa, which blooms between February and March.

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Lake Village Italian immigrants

In 1895 Austin Corbin, a New York banker and land developer, working with immigration officials, brought 100 families from north central Italy to grow cotton at Sunnyside, a plantation located between the Mississippi river and lake Chicot.
Many of them were subject to peonage.

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L'amica geniale

Lila and Lenú’s friendship strains and strengthens in the Season Two of My Brilliant Friend.

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Foibe seats

The foibe refers to mass killings, both during and after World War II, mainly committed by Yugoslav Partisans against the local ethnic Italian population.
The term refers to the corpses being thrown into foibe, deep natural sinkholes.

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palazzo migliori pope dinner

A noble palace, a few meters from San Pietro, made available by the Pope to the homeless. What a lesson for the greedy.

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Roman Aqueduct

The imposing Roman aqueducts were designed in the 5th century. B.C. because the water supply of Rome, which until then had relied on the Tiber or the wells, was no longer sufficient.

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Sicilian Jazz Marker

Members of the American Italian Federation, American Italian Cultural Center and guests dedicate a historic marker at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

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Tarantella-tamburino

In the Italian province of Taranto, Apulia, the bite of a locally common type of wolf spider, named “tarantula” after the region, was popularly believed to be highly venomous and to lead to a hysterical condition known as tarantism. This became known as the Tarantella.

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The intersection of Decatur St. and the corner St. Philip

In the winter of 1912, Picayune feature writer Will Branan dubbed the intersection of Decatur St. and the corner St. Philip “The Spaghetti District of New Orleans.”

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Sambuca

Italian phrase of the day

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Fanta Bottles

The orange Fanta of today was produced for the first time in Italy, in Naples, in 1955.

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St. Mark’s Square flooded

The flooding was the second highest in the city’s history, after the disastrous flood of 1966.

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Tre cime di Lavaredo - Dolomiti

Le tre Cime di Lavaredo

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How The Italians Became White

Read Charles Marsala’s response to The New York Time article.

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Pizza

From the Perennial Plate
We traveled across Italy to make this short film., searching out our favorite foods (we know, mozzarella and many other things are missing), seeing how they are produced (and eaten). Enjoy!

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“Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty” — Italian author Carlo Levi

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Francisco de Pinedo

Francesco de Pinedo was a famous Italian aviator. A Regia Marina (Italy’s Royal Navy) officer who transferred to the Regia Aeronautica (Italy’s Royal Air Force), he was an advocate of the seaplane who is best known for his long-range flying boat flights in the 1920s that demonstrated the feasibility of global air travel.

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