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Letizia Airos Soria(November 25, 2019)
A presentation of Emma D’Aquino’s new book about Nino Marano, a man who spent 49 years in prison. It all started with stolen peppers and eggplants. After being arrested and imprisoned, it’s in prison that Nino became a murderer and never got out. Alternating between moments of hope for redemption and recurring episodes of violence. The sentence gets longer and it becomes almost an excuse to commit new crimes. A difficult and controversial story that opens up to many reflections.
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(November 19, 2019)
Sease, the new brand by Franco and Giacomo Loro Piana, relaunches the use of an ancient wool made from sopravissana sheep, an almost extinct breed found exclusively on the Sibillini mountains, a part of the Marche region that is trying to bounce back from the devastating earthquakes of 2016.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 18, 2019)
Following the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations’ annual meeting in Washington DC on November 2, we asked its Chair, Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, to tell us a little more about the coalition’s history and its future. A retired psychotherapist, Dr. Sirey is also the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW). She has been serving as COPOMAIO’s Chair since 2018.
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Letizia Airos Soria(November 15, 2019)
Two Italian language appointments for Emma D’Aquino’s book “Ancora un giro di chiave” edited by Baldini & Castoldi. One of the most renowned Italian news anchors puts together a moving and incredible telling of detainee Nino Marano’s story. Why did we decide to hold them in Italian?
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 15, 2019)
This year’s World Week of Italian Cuisine is upon us. From November 18-24 a series of events and initiatives will take place in New York and worldwide to help promote Italian culinary products, practices and heritage.
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(November 14, 2019)
President Sergio Mattarella welcomes the Italian National Paralympic Swim Team to the Quirinal Palace to celebrate their achievements at the latest World Championship in London, where they totaled 50 medals. Also honored were the young Italian paralympic athletes who won 23 medals during the 2019 European Para Youth Games.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 14, 2019)
A masterclass on the wines of Valpolicella conducted by wine educator and sommelier Filippo Bartolotta in the newly opened Di Palo Wine Bar, the latest venture by Little Italy’s iconic Di Palo’s Fine Foods, the “purveyors of New York’s Best Mozzarella.”
A still from Dance Again With Me Heywood!
Art & Culture
This Fall, N.I.C.E. celebrates its 29th edition in the United States dedicated to the Italian cinema and meeting with directors and critics. This year it is an expansive festival, as it branches out throughout New York City neighborhoods as well as outside the city.
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 12, 2019)
Five women, two countries, one heart. This was the topic of discussion at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where Johanna Clapps Herman moved the audience talking about her new book “When I am Italian” and telling the tale of her journey, as a young 20-year-old girl, in search of her roots. American but also Italian, belonging to neither place or to both.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 11, 2019)
The Institute of molecular bioimaging and physiology (IBFM) in collaboration with University of Milano and Milano-Bicocca University and supported by Fondazione Bracco, used new technology to reconstruct the artistic process that lead to the...
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 07, 2019)
New York prepares for four days of great Italian auteurs, directors and premieres. The star of this year’s Italy on Screen Today Film Fest will be the acclaimed “Il Traditore” (The Traitor). Director Marco Bellocchio and actor Pierfrancesco Favino...
The ''oldest intact shipwreck in the world'' wins the 2019 International Archaeological Discovery ''Khaled al-Asaad'' Award. The ceremony will take place on November 14-17 in the UNESCO world heritage site of...
Historical Library of the "Accademia della Crusca"
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 01, 2019)
Though it sounds like something out of an ancient tale, the Accademia della Crusca is a real institution in Italy, composed of the leading experts of Italian language and philology. Its contribution to our country is "meraviglioso," as its...
Mastroberardino, one of the Campania region’s major wineries, presents Villa dei Misteri 2012, the latest vintage of a wine grown and made in the archeological site of Pompeii.
Italian director Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Directing for her 1975 film “Seven Beauties,” received an Honorary Academy Award for her extraordinary career at the star-studded 11th annual Governors...
As curtains draw over the 14th edition of Rome’s Festa del Cinema, with the people’s choice award going out to Alessandro Piva’s “Santa Subito,” here are some considerations about what this event means for the city, whose image is unfortunately too...
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Conte Pushes for Albania and North Macedonia to Join EU

In the wake of an official Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union, leaders deadlocked last night on whether to allow Albania and North Macedonia to join, leaving Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte disappointed with the outcome.
Art & Culture

‘Vitruvian Man’ Will Travel to the Louvre, Italian Court Rules

Leonardo’s “Vitruvian Man” will be allowed to travel to Paris for the Blockbuster Louvre exhibit in celebration of the Renaissance icon set to open on October 24, 500 years after Leonardo’s death.
Art & Culture

Sisters in Liberty, a 200-Year Journey

More than a simple exhibition, a journey between Florence and New York rooted in the love of art and the historical ideals of the 1800s. Its core focus: Liberty.
Art & Culture

Giving New Life to Classic Italian Short Stories

Famed author, professor, and translator Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, Stefano Albertini, at New York’s Italian Cultural Institute, to present her latest publication, “The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories,” a new and surprising anthology of an often neglected yet typically Italian genre.
Facts & Stories

In the Eyes of Massimo Ferragamo and Giovanni Colavita

The two Presidents of the US branch of their respective family businesses march down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue at the Columbus Day Parade, after having been honored at the Columbus Citizen Foundation Gala.
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US to Impose Tariffs on European Goods

Following authorization from the World Trade Organization, the Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of goods, including aircrafts but also Italian cheeses, French wine, Scotch whiskey, and other products from the European Union beginning October 18th.
Art & Culture

Confronting Reality in Francesco Simeti’s “Imaginary” Worlds

Following the opening of the artist’s latest show in New York’s Assembly Room, I sat down with him in his Gowanus studio to talk about what informs his practice, its accumulative nature, as well as its penchant towards a baroque aesthetic, which he uses to “trick” viewers into confronting the difficult realities, from devastating wars to the rapid advance of climate change, hiding behind all the embellishments.
Facts & Stories

Help Restore The Historic Casa Belvedere

Casa Belvedere, a historical landmark and home to Staten Island’s Italian Cultural Foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Italian cultural heritage in all of its forms, is seeking votes to obtain funding for the restoration of the upper levels that sustained severe water damage from Hurricane Sandy, with the ultimate goal of transforming them into new gallery space.
Art & Culture

Italian is the 4th Most Studied Language

Surpassing French, Italian becomes the 4th most studied language in the world, after English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
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What's Behind a Plate of Meatballs

An Italian TV station makes a show that looks for ‘pure Italians,’ starting from their food choices. The result? Presumption, arrogance and lack of knowledge.
Art & Culture

American Stars Abound at the 14th Rome Film Fest

Here is the program of screenings and guests coming to Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica between the 17th and 27th of October on occasion of the 14th edition of the Rome Film Fest with Antonio Monda, festival’s artistic director for the fifth year
Facts & Stories

Ferrari Opens Tailor Made Center in New York City

Redesigned showroom becomes the first of its kind in the Americas, allowing clients to customize every element of their car
Facts & Stories

'Astroluca' New Commander of the ISS

Astronaut Luca Parmitano becomes the first Italian and third European to command the International Space Station (ISS), taking over from the Russian Alexei Ovchinin.
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‘Your Italian Hub’ And What of i-Italy?

EDITORIAL. A new communication agency is born. One that goes beyond information. A hub.
Facts & Stories

Meet “Your Italian Hub”. The New Italian Communication in the U.S.

Your Italian Hub - a new comunication agency operating in the United States. The newco is born of the experience of the editorial network i-Italy, which for over 10 years has been covering all things Italian in English for Americans, and of the Colavita Group, a leading force of the Italian food industry and one of the main importers and distributors of Italian products in the US.
Art & Culture

Italoamericana: Italian Illustration Takes on America

Italian illustration through the works of some of the most celebrated and appreciated artists in the American market at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles
Art & Culture

Ninfa, a Beautiful Garden Amidst Roman Ruins

The Garden of Ninfa, is located in Latina, a few miles from Rome. It is today considered one of the most beautiful romantic gardens in the world.
Facts & Stories

Francesca Campagna Named New CCO General Director

The globally renowned artistic manager and consultant to cultural institutions, Francesca Campagna, known for both her deep knowledge of opera and her ability to extend the reach of preeminent artists and institutions to new audiences, becomes the first female and immigrant General Director of the Center for Contemporary Opera. (CCO)
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Columbus Day Parade's 2019. Honorees and Grand Marshal

The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced Giovanni Colavita, CEO & President of Colavita, and Cosimo, Gerardo, and Giuseppe Bruno, renowned New York restaurateurs, as honorees of the 2019 Columbus Celebration. In addition, television's Rosanna Scotto – host of Fox 5's "Good Day New York" – will receive the Columbus Foundation's 2019 Humanitarian Award. All five of these celebrated individuals will join Ferragamo USA Chairman, Massimo Ferragamo, who was previously announced as the Celebration and Columbus Day Parade's 2019 Grand Marshal.
Art & Culture

Arbëreshë, an ‘Anthropological Miracle’

A special event, featuring a lecture and music performance, held at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò traces the unique and little-known history of the Arbëreshë people of southern Italy, “an anthropological miracle,” that can serve as a model of both cultural preservation and social integration.
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From The New York Times.  DETROIT. Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s vice president for design, enthusiastically welcomed the carmaker’s  new partner  Fiat, while giving a speech Wednesday night. He inserted images of the Italian flag into his PowerPoint presentation several times and declared himself a longtime admirer of Fiat’s Alfa Romeo and Ferrari brands.
“It’s a good thing I love Italian food,” he said. (Read the article by Nick Bunkely)

The SACI Gallery is proud to present the photo exhibition Garaguso, il mio paese in Basilicata by Italian-American photographer Susanna Lucia Lamaina. She has been photographing her family village for the last eight years. (Read the press release on SACI's website)

From The New York Times "Joseph L. Bruno, the former State Senate majority leader, was indicted on Friday in Albany on charges that he reaped millions of dollars from companies seeking business from the state or from labor unions, capping a long-running investigation into one of New York’s most powerful political figures." (Read the article by Mike McIntire and Jeremy W. Peters)

From America Oggi, "Ma l'arrivo alla Casa Bianca del figlio di un africano 'che solo 60 anni fa non sarebbe stato servito in un ristorante di Washington', segnala ancora una volta che il futuro della potenza americana non si può calcolare solo con freddi dati statistici.' (Read the article by Stefano Vaccara - In Italian)

From the New York Times. "Your college roommate is on Facebook. So are your cousins and colleagues and friends. But guess who else may find Facebook a great way to stay in touch? (...) In recent weeks, the Italian authorities have begun investigating Facebook discussion groups devoted to convicted Mafiosi, concerned that some members might be more than fans. At the same time, a campaign calling on Facebook to remove pro-Mafia pages has been gaining momentum, while thousands of Facebook members have joined new anti-Mafia groups." (Read the article by Rachel Donadio).

From America Oggi. Editoriale "La speranza del futuro" by Andrea Mantineo. 

" Per l'America e il mondo è una giornata storica. Questa frase, detta e ripetuta ormai milioni di volte, è tuttavia l'unica a dare un'immagine precisa dell'importanza dell'insediamento di Barack Obama alla Casa Bianca." (Read the article by Andrea Mantineo - In Italian)

From America Oggi.  Italy's Ambassador in Washington Giovanni Castelleneta urged the Italian-American community to join forces to save the Advanced Placement Italian exam, due to end this year for lack of students and funds. Writing in the renowned Italian language daily America Oggi, the Ambassador underlined that Italian is one of the most studied languages in the U.S. Over 120.000 students take Italian courses in schools, and 80.000 study Italian in colleges -- a 60 percent increase in the past 10 years.  (Read the article by Giovanni Castellaneta; in Italian.)

             Related article from i-Italy:

"A Borderless Language"  from "Talking Italy" Special Edition about Italian Language

"Language is a marker of identity. It is a political and social instrument that serves as the “glue” that binds groups and communities together. There are communities in the United States that are visibly bonded by language much more than others."

The suspected head of a murder squad run by the Camorra clan denounced in Roberto Saviano's global bestseller Gomorrah was caught Wednesday, two days after he dodged arrest by crawling through sewers, police said.

(Read the article from ANSA)

From Los Angeles Times, "AGAIN?! Academy's foreign language committee releases shortlist, makes major snubs ('Gomorra,' 'Captain Abu Raed'), industry outraged". (Read article by Scott Feinberg)


From NPR.org. Once a poor country that sent millions of its citizens abroad to find work, Italy now imports workers. (...) But despite the country's demand for laborers, Italians are extremely reluctant to welcome immigrants. (...) Surveys show that among Europeans, Italians are the most suspicious about immigrants. A majority believes immigrants have too many rights and that many of them should be deported, and that immigration has brought only crime. Talk of an immigrant "invasion" is widespread. (Article and radio broadcast by Sylvia Poggioli.)

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Laura Pace(November 25, 2019)
Un messaggio nascosto, per di più in chiave musicale, all’interno di un quadro: “Il Ritratto di Musico” di Leonardo da Vinci. Lo ha svelato lo storico d’arte e ricercatore siciliano Giuseppe Petix alla Fordham University di New York.

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