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Recanati. "Biblioteca Leopardi"
Facts & Stories
Alexsandra Arlia(May 24, 2019)
Over 2,000 students around Italy will gather in their local town squares this Tuesday to recite Giacomo Leopardi’s famous poem L’Infinito, in flash mob style, in honor of the poem’s 200th year anniversary.
Art & Culture
Maria Klein(May 23, 2019)
Prada has finally decided to go fur-free. Although they have been resilient in the past, the fashion house has now committed themselves to creating ethical products, viewing the change in style not as a setback but as an opportunity for new stimulating fashion designs.
Credit: Marco Grob for Variety
Art & Culture
Alexsandra Arlia(May 17, 2019)
George Clooney’s recent television venture, a “Catch-22” miniseries based on the Joseph Heller novel of the same name, premieres in the U.S on Hulu May 17, and already has critics and audiences buzzing. The “Catch-22” miniseries based on the 1961 Joseph Heller novel of the same name, starring Clooney, Christopher Abbot, and Hugh Laurie, is about fictional Captain John Yossarian, a U.S Army Air Forces bombardier during World War II, who is based on the Tuscan island of Pianosa.
Via the High Line
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(May 17, 2019)
The Exhibition ‘Borders: A Flash of New Italian Fashion’ offers a glimpse into the exciting and perhaps unexpected world of young, contemporary Italian fashion, featuring pieces by 4 emerging designers presented amongst videos, DJ sets, and neon lights and set atop of New York’s High Line against the backdrop of the Hudson River.
Beautiful Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy
Tourism
Goffredo Palmerini(May 18, 2019)
Spanning 142 square miles, Garda—the largest lake in Italy—is a massive triangle of water measuring 32 miles long, from its northern tip at the spur of the Alps to its southern base in the Veneto region. Our journey will touch places of stunning beauty and deep history, where locals and tourists alike know how to enjoy nature, gorgeous food and incomparable wines.
Art & Culture
Interview with lead actor and producer of “Lucania terra sangue e magia” (Lucania earth blood and magic), directed by Gigi Roccati. The film won three Grand Jury Remi Awards at the 52nd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival: Best Foreign Film, Best Actress (Angela Fontana) and Best Editing (Annalisa Forgione.)
M. C. Escher, Hand with reflecting sphere
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(May 15, 2019)
A new book by the President of the Italian branch of leading research and analysis agency IPSOS, Nando Pagnoncelli, warns against the risks of governing through polls and reveals that Italians share a collective misperception of the country’s situation, particularly regarding economics, migration, and crime rates.
Photo Courtesy of Marco Sabadin/Vision – Matteo De Fina
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(May 13, 2019)
American artist Melissa McGill paints the Venice Laguna 52 shades of red with her Red Regatta, a participatory project celebrating the city’s traditions and cultural heritage while also bringing attention to the rising threat of climate change.
Lucia’s Grace / Troppa Grazia Gianni Zanasi, Italy/Greece/Spain, 2018, 110m
Art & Culture
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is the leading screening series to offer North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. This year’s edition again strikes a balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans...
High Line Photo by Timothy Schenck Courtesy of the High Line
Italy’s National Chamber of Fashion (CNMI), in collaboration with The Consulate General of Italy, The Italian Trade Commission, and the Italian Embassy in the US, present ‘Borders: A Flash of New Italian Fashion’: a multidisciplinary event which...
Valeria Golino just received the Federico Fellini Platinum Award during the 2019 edition of Bif&st, the Bari International Film Festival. We sat down with the internationally renowned actress and director who will be presenting “Portrait d’une...
The Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio (TPC), Italy’s “Art Squad” and the world’s first specialist police force in this sector, celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an exhibition held at the Quirinal Palace in Rome.
"Italian Dance Connection" (IDACO NYC) announces the fifth annual NYC festival, May 21 through Friday, May 24. Four days long contemporary dance performances and art events with Italian artists.
The honorees and special guests
The Association of Italian American Educators celebrated their 22nd Annual Awards and Scholarships Ceremony at the Consulate General of Italy in New York on May 3rd, 2019. This year's honorees included i-Italy's very own Founder and Editor...
In May 2020, Milan will host the 37th annual convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) inside the famed Castello Sforzesco. It’s the first time the convention takes place in an Italian city and the event will take...
Op-Eds

May Brings Good News on Jobs and the Economy

Despite gloomy predictions, the Italian economy has surged upwards. Showing an increase of 0.1% in the past 12 months, the hike in the GDP is accompanied by an increase in employment. While domestic demand remains timid, exports have increased.
Facts & Stories

Milano 2020: Promoting LGBTQ+ Tourism

In May 2020, Milan will host the 37th annual convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) inside the famed Castello Sforzesco. It’s the first time the convention takes place in an Italian city and the event will take place within a campaign aimed at promoting LGBTQ+ tourism in the city and beyond.
Facts & Stories

Mapping Italian Fashion Trends

The fashion industry’s leading search engine, Lyst, launched Fashion Geography: a project that maps the most searched brands in each region of Italy, providing some insight into the preferences and habits of Italian fashion consumers.
Life & People

Torrefazione, an Italian Art

Italians live for their coffee, the sheer number of bars in Italy only shows how serious the locals are with regards to their coffee. But one can easily forget that coffee beans are neither grown nor harvested in any part of Italy. The more appropriate statement is, the best coffee is roasted and blended in Italy.
Op-Eds

Soft Power & the Role of Young Italians Abroad

Considerations after the Palermo Seminary with 115 young Italians from all over the world
Art & Culture

The Italian American Book - Where My Body Ends and the World Begins

Tony Romano’s second novel, one that is part family-secret saga, part detective story, and all psychological thriller.
Life & People

Lorenzo Zurino: “I’m not one to show off, I like to work”

Lorenzo Zurino, founder and CEO of The One Company, specializing in the promotion of Italian businesses abroad, recently received the NIAF (an important Italian American association) award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. We met with him in our editorial office. He is one of the main figures involved in the promotion of Italian food products in the world and with ‘The One’ is a point of reference not only for big Italian food companies. Zurino also caters to medium and small businesses, which in Italy constitute a significant reality, one potentially important for the country’s economy yet too often overlooked.
Facts & Stories

The Political Dimension of Facebook and Firearms

Facebook in Italy is as much a political power tool as anywhere else. Now meet the informatics genius who lurks behind the country's most popular politician Matteo Salvini.
Facts & Stories

The Urban Exodus of Young Italians

In a reversal of typical migration patterns, young Italians are moving away from cities and returning to the countryside to take up jobs in agriculture-related fields.
Facts & Stories

'La carica dei 115". The Manifesto of the Palermo Seminary

115 Young Italians from all over the world to create a global network. The Palermo Seminary for the creation of a Network of Young Italians Abroad closed on a positive note, with great satisfaction on the part of the General Council for Italians Abroad (CGIE), the organizing entity, as well as a congratulatory message from the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the presentation of the "Manifesto of the Palermo Seminary" produced by the young delegates.
Facts & Stories

The Pope Dedicates Via Crucis Celebrations to Migrants

Tonight, on Good Friday, the Pope dedicates the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) celebration held at the Colosseum, to the plight of migrants and victims of human trafficking, the “new crucified; victims of our closures, of powers and legislations, of blindness and egoism, and above all else, of our hearts hardened by indifference.”
Art & Culture

Italy Celebrates Leonardo Da Vinci 500 Years From His Death

On May 2, 1519, Leonardo Da Vinci died in Amboise, France. This year all Italy honors the 500th anniversary of his death with exhibitions and events, down to and including lessons for adults in drawing and fresco painting. Milan's offerings are the most, however.
Art & Culture

Creating a Global Network of Young Italians

A seminary organized by the CGIE, the General Council of Italians Abroad, was inaugurated today in Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. There, 115 young men and women of Italian origin but living across the globe gathered to kick-off a series of encounters that, in the coming days, will lead to the establishment of a global network of young Italians abroad.
Facts & Stories

Honoring Italian American Women at NOIAW’s Annual Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon of NOIAW, the National Organization of Italian American Women, was held on April 13th at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan, honoring the accomplishments of outstanding women and institutions, who contribute to the promotion and advancement of the Italian American culture and community.
Facts & Stories

Italian Research Day in the World

April 15, 2019 marked the second edition of Italian Research Day in the World, a recurrence established by the Ministry of Education, University and Research in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health in correspondence with the anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci. On this occasion, President Sergio Mattarella reminded us that Italian research is a valuable asset and deserves adequate investments.
Art & Culture

Celebrating Manhattan’s First Italian Dual Language Program

A flag ceremony was held this morning, April 12, 2019, at Harlem’s Public School 242 to celebrate the launch of Manhattan’s first Italian Dual Language Program, an achievement carried out by the “In Italiano” parent association and supported by IACE, the Italian Consulate, and the local Italian community at large.
Facts & Stories

One-Euro Homes: Repopulating Italian Towns

For some time now, the initiative to sell homes for just one euro in order to restore and repopulate abandoned or sparsely inhabited towns has been spreading across Italy and garnering attention worldwide. Canadian photographer Serge Tesker realized a photo series that perfectly captures the nostalgia and beauty of these Italian “borghi”.
Facts & Stories

A Tiramisù Fit for a King

Winner of the first Tiramisù World Cup, Andrea Ciccolella, creates a special golden tiramisù, 100% edible and made with real gold.
Facts & Stories

Seeing the Unseeable: The First Image of a Black Hole

The first ever picture of a black hole was revealed today, showing what scientists always believed was unseeable. This breakthrough is the result of the project Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an international collaboration, in which Italy’s National Astrophysics Institute (INAF) and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) participated.
Life & People

Celebrating Past And Future Accomplishments at the NIAF 2019 NY GALA

Like every year, in occasion of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) 2019 New York Gala, members of New York’s Italian American community congregated at the iconic Cipriani 42nd Street to celebrate the achievements of outstanding members of the region’s Italian American and Italian Community.
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From Autoblog. "The Italian supercar manufacturer decided to show off some of their non-automotive offerings in Detroit. Specifically, Lambo brought examples of its Ad Personam personalization program. A white 560 Spyder was flanked by a satin blue LP640-4 and LP560-4 coupe that were both simply mesmerizing. We're huge fans of these new satin paints, because aside from lending an air of understated luxury to the Lambo's lascivious lines, they're remarkably easy to photograph" (Read the article by Frank Filipponio)

From Autowewk. " Maserati is unveiling a higher-performance version of the Quattroporte at the Detroit auto show--the Sport GT S (...) Maserati says the GT S marks the 70th anniversary of the automaker's first Indy 500 win" (Read the article by Greg Migliore)

From The New York Times.  Italian wineries want to protect their newly popular product’s name, as well as expand sales.

"The Italian winemakers worry that upstarts will weaken prosecco’s image just as it is taking off. (...) In recent weeks, the winemakers have been scrambling to nail down a final proposal to the Italian government before a year-end deadline. The producers hope to be eligible for a streamlined European Union system that goes into effect in August. If all goes well, the new prosecco protections will be in place for the 2009 harvest." (Read the article by Amy Cortese)

From Marketwire. Prominent political, religious, and communal leaders joined American Jewish leaders today outside of the Israeli Consulate in New York City to support Israel's right to self-defense and to fight the terrorism waged by Hamas in Gaza. Besides Governor David Paterson, featured speakers included a host of New York politicians and the leaders of several ethnic organizations. Italian Americans were represented by John Calvelli, chair emeritus of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations and board member of the National Italian American Foundation.

"Unfortunately, the picture being painted of Israel is that of an aggressor," said Michael Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. "Israel is anything but that." he added. "Our standing in front of the consulate of Israel is a major display of solidarity and support for Israel as it seeks to live in safety and security." (Read the original article)

From the New York Times. "The story of La Befana has been told in Italy since around the time Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.” Origins of the legend, some say, are far older and rooted in a pagan goddess. (...) La Befana is a character in Italian folklore, sometimes referred to as the Italian Christmas witch. A soot-covered old woman, she is said to fly on a broom to the homes of sleeping children, entering through the chimney and bearing gifts." (Read the article by James Angelos)

Related articles from i-Italy:

'La Befana' Arrives on Her Broomstick
Thousands of Italian children hunted out stockings on Saturday ahead of Epiphany celebrations that half of Italians still see as an important part of their heritage

Watch Out: the Befana is Coming to Town!
More than 2000 years ago the Three Wise Men visited Jesus after his birth and gave him three symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. From that time on, the Befana comes every year, on January 6, to fill Italian kids’ stockings with all sorts of goodies!

From The New York Times. In an editorial that appeared on January 10, entitled "Not a Company Man," the daily notes that "Mr. Panetta may not be an intelligence professional, but he is honest and sensible and not easily cowed. Those sound like good credentials for a very hard job."

"We’ve seen what some top company men have been willing to go along with during the Bush-Cheney years: secret prisons beyond the reach of American law and all conscience; torture, abuse and degradation of prisoners; renditions for torture on an outsource basis; made-for-the-Sunday-news-shows intelligence reports. Mr. Obama has pledged to end all of that. (...) For any intelligence professional committed to his craft, and the nation’s security, that should be a relief" (Read the New York Times editorial).

Ps: The editorial made no mention of Panetta's Italian roots from the region of Calabria. It also failed to mention that "Calabria is home to the 'Ndrangheta, a Mafia network said to be even more powerful and wealthy than Cosa Nostra in Sicily". A few days ago these inopportune remarks were made, just out of the blue, by the British daily Time, eliciting critical comments from exponents of the Italian American community (See Laura Ruberto's op-ed in i-Italy).

From IFC.com.  "One of the most prominent Italian-American actors working today, Palminteri currently stars as the titular Vegas shark in 'Yonkers Joe,' an entertaining drama about a con man whose seedy world of palming dice, cheating casinos, and conning any poor sucker is uprooted when he's forced to look after his adult son with Down's syndrome." In this interview to the Independent Film Channel, Palminteri talks about his last movie, his father, and his Italian-American heritage.

 An excerpt from the interview:

You've taken a lot of roles that reflect your Italian-American background. Are you offered a ton of projects that play into cultural stereotypes, like gangster movies?

Yeah, and I usually don't do them. [laughs] That's why I do movies like "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Yonkers Joe," or "Once More with Feeling," that I have at Sundance. I don't want to play a goombah character if he's just one note. I'm very proud of being Italian-American, but people don't realize that the mafia is just this aberration. The real community is built on the working man, the guy who's the cop, the fireman, the truck driver, the bus driver. This is my father. These mafia guys get all the press because they're fun to write about, they're fun to watch. That's why I wrote "A Bronx Tale." The working guy's the tough guy: "It doesn't take much strength to pull the trigger, son." He says that in the movie, that's why it was important for me.

 (Read the interview by Aaron Hillis)

From The New York Times. The College Board will drop its Advanced Placement Italian exam at the end of this academic year, just four years after it began offering it. The A.P. Italian is not attracting enough students; last May, 1,930 took the Italian test. There are no plans to eliminate any other A.P. programs, even though the Japanese exam also has few takers — 1,538. But A.P. Japanese, like several other exams, was devised to be much less costly as it is given via computer, unlike the paper-and-pencil Italian exam. (Read the article by Tamar Lewin)

From the New York Times. "Like many of the Italians who frequently visit the Amico senior center in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Salvatore Amato, 78, who arrived here from Sicily in 1958, speaks little English. Some, like Luigi Buonincondro, 91, a former Italian soldier who came to New York from Naples in 1961, understand English, but have a hard time reading or writing it."  (Read the article by Fernanda Santos...)

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