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A Taste of Capri in New York

The James Beard House presents “Under the Capri Sun,” a journey through the unique flavors of the island of Capri reinterpreted by Chef Pasquale Rinaldo of D’Amore restaurant as well as the chance to try different kinds of pizza by celebrated Neapolitan pizzaiolo Antonio Fusco.

Valentine's Day in Verona, the Capital of Love

The city of Romeo and Juliet plays into the Shakespearian myth, offering visitors numerous romantic activities for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

The Life of a “Foreign Italian”

Leo Yeni, an Artist’s Paper Life, presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi showcases the life and struggles of a man through his art. To some, the show, curated by Cynthia Madansky, is an interesting look into the mind of the artist, who like many other Italian jews was abandoned by his country, to others such as Lillian Spiegel, it’s one more step towards giving Leo what he never managed to obtain during his lifetime, Italian citizenship.

Gli Anni Più Belli by Muccino

Two years after “There is no Place Like Home” (A casa tutti bene), which made 9.2 million euro, Gabriele Muccino is back with “Gli Anni Più Belli," an ambitious project about History and Friendship, two themes connected by the music of Nicola Piovani and Claudio Baglioni, whose song gives the movie its title.

Dante, the “Father of the Italian language”

The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Prepares to Celebrate the Genius of Dante: Poet, Philosopher, Political Thinker

Bringing Italian to NYC's Public Schools

Parents, teachers, institutional representatives all gathered in Harlem’s cozy neighborhood pizzeria Sottocasa to celebrate the progress of Manhattan’s first dual language Italian program at the local PS 242. Together they discussed the benefits of bilingualism, shared their experiences and planned for the future of the program.

Parasitism Wins the 2020 Oscars

Korean film “Parasite” was crowned Best Picture of the 92nd edition, a twist in the Academy’s history.

Countering Declining Readership and Bookstore Closures in Italy

A new law to promote reading and the publishing industry - which is going through hard times in Italy - was just approved by the Senate. It consists of several points, one of which involves the appointment of an annual Italian Book Capital.

Italian American Educator Survey

The Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE), together with The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, is conducting a survey for a book on the growth and impact of Italian-American educators on the American education system. They are gathering information on the experience of Italian-American educators who have taught and administered in education over the last 70 years. If you or anyone you know are interested in participating, see the letter by President Josephine A. Maietta below.

Art Bonus Brings More Donations to Italian Culture

The initiative launched by culture minister Dario Franceschini in order to encourage the practice of philanthropy in the arts grows, totaling over 435 million euro.

60 Years of La Dolce Vita

February 2020 marks 60 years since the release of Federico Fellini’s iconic film, which has inspired countless directors and filmmakers across the world (and continues to do so), becoming one of the leading ambassadors of the ‘Made in Italy’ brand. A dramatic yet poignant and still relevant representation of some of the most uncomfortable aspects of contemporary society.

Italian Museums Open up to Foreign Directors (Again)

13 positions are now available in the direction and upper management of public Italian museums and they are once again open to foreigners.

A New Technology Museum in a Palermitan Palazzo

The MEC museum - which stands for "Meet Eat Connect" - opens in Palermo, a new cultural center / restaurant dedicated to the history of technology.

The Elena Ferrante Phenomenon Returns to the Small Screen

The TV adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novels follows the incredible international success of her books, which have been translated in numerous languages and are loved by millions of readers across the world.

The Trevi Fountain Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Rome’s Palazzo Poli opens its doors to visitors, who will be able to enjoy a unique view of the iconic Trevi Fountain from the historic villa’s terrace.

‘Figli,’ The Drama of Parenthood in Italy

Figli, the new film directed by Giuseppe Bonito starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea premieres on January 23.

March 25th is Officially National Dante Day

The Italian government decrees that March 25th will be National Dante Day in honor of the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy, a “symbol of unity.”

Cecilia Alemani to Curate the Venice Biennale

The director and curator of the High Line’s art program, will be the first Italian woman to organize the Venice Art Biennale, one of the most important international contemporary art appointments in the world.

Hammamet, the Last Craxi

Gianni Amelio’s latest film tells the story of Bettino Craxi in the final months of his life. It’s not a partisan film, there are no absolutions, no condemnations, it’s the human drama of a king who has lost his scepter and now has to face himself. Pierfrancesco Favino transcends all limits in terms of presence, acting abilities and in replicating the voice and movements of the former Prime Minister.

Trieste 2020, the European City of Science

One of the most important scientific hubs in Europe, the Northeastern Italian city of Trieste is ready to kick off its year as the European City of Science, during which it will host the EuroScience Open Forum, the largest biennial general science meeting in Europe, as well as the The Science in the City Festival, which will be open to the public.