History & culture

Jacopo Sansovino, Renaissance Sculptor and Architect

May 2017 |
Jacopo d’Antonio Sansovino (1486-1570) was a master sculptor and architect traditionally credited with introducing the style of the High Renaissance into Venice. He is best known for his works in and around the Piazza San Marco in that city....

Good Friday in Trapani Sicily / Venerdi Santo a Trapani Sicilia

April 2017 |
Every year on Good Friday, the longest religious display in Italy (lasting 24 hours) and repeated among the oldest year after year (400 years), takes place in Trapani, and many tourists pay a special visit.  This Procession of the Mysteries...

Easter and its eggs

April 2017 |
In Italy, eggs are traditionally presented as an Easter gift. Nowadays, "Easter eggs" are made of milk chocolate or dark chocolate and hide inside a small surprise for the youngest; however, in the past, they were simple eggs perhaps decorated with...

Italian Illuminators in Paris

April 2017 |
Il “Libro delle Ore” comprende la raccolta delle ore liturgiche per i diversi periodi dell’anno e consiste nel canto di salmi, cantici e inni, con l’aggiunta di preghiere e letture dalla Sacra Scrittura. Per secoli, in...

The U.S. Italian Community and the Immigration Act of 1924

March 2017 |
In 1924, Congressman Albert Johnson and Senator David Reed introduced and helped pass an act of Congress that drastically reduced immigration from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. As one of the targets of the legislation, immigrants from Italy...

Nuptial Gifts in Renaissance Italy

March 2017 |
ll matrimonio nel Rinascimento non era un fatto privato o una libera scelta basata sul reciproco affetto tra due giovani. Al contrario, esso rappresentava spesso un ‘contratto’ stipulato tra famiglie di alto rango che non teneva conto...

Stolen Van Gogh's Recovered

March 2017 |
“There has been a burglary. The thief or thieves entered the building by the roof. Two paintings are missing. We are still searching the premises and we are still investigating the scene of the crime," a police spokesman told Reuters on...

That’s Amore

February 2017 |
Dante Alighieri, autore della Divina Commedia, universalmente considerata la più grande opera in italiano ed uno dei maggiori capolavori della letteratura mondiale, è stato definito “il padre della lingua italiana”...

Antonio Tabucchi's Viaggi e altri viaggi

February 2017 |
Antonio Tabucchi is one of the greatest Italian writers of the 20th Century. The winner of many prestigious awards, he is very well-known for his masterpiece Sostiene Pereira, a top-selling Italian novel of 1994. The discovery, in a bookstall in...
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