Heritage

“I Promessi Sposi”

September 2016 |
“The Betrothed” (I Promessi Sposi) by Alessandro Manzoni is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature and certainly the most famous novel in Italian literature.  First published in 1827 (and in English in 1828), this...

Scandal - Wedding - Divorce

September 2016 |
L’indimenticabile storia d’amore tra l’attrice svedese Ingrid Bergman ed il regista italiano Roberto Rossellini ha rappresentato anche uno dei grandi scandali di Hollywood.  Nel marzo del 1949 durante le riprese di Stromboli...

I Grandi Matrimoni, Southern Italian Style

September 2016 |
When my Italian friends saw “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” they shrugged and said, “Yeah, what’s the big deal?” The movie wasn’t an exaggeration of their matrimonial experiences here in Southern Italy. If anything,...

Assisi's Glorious Day

October 2015 |
St. Francis' feast day, Oct. 4, is a big day in Assisi and a big day in Italy. In 2005, the Italian Parliament declared this day to be a celebration of peace, brotherhood and dialogue among all peoples of all religions. Each year, one of the 20...

Innovation and Tradition

July 2015 |
"There are three capitals in Europe: Paris, London and Naples." Written by Stendhal in 1817, this gives the ancient and beautiful city of Naples what it actually deserves. To discredit the stereotypes of decadence and corruption, we have to...

Easter Traditions

April 2015 |
While you probably won't see the Easter bunny if you are traveling to Italy this Easter, you will have the opportunity to experience many wonderful Pasqua traditions. The days prior to Easter host solemn processions and masses while Easter day is a...

L'Altaro di San Giuseppe, La Tavola di San Giuseppe, La Festa di San Giuseppe

March 2015 |
May 14, 1960, Ramacca Sicily: it all began on that sunny afternoon. Two weeks earlier, my mother had given birth to my brother, Santo. Santo means Saint in Italian. It was a very difficult birth as he was born at home with the aid of a mammana, and...

Christmas Blessing

December 2014 |
ENGLISH Eternal God, this joyful season is radiant with the brilliance of your one true Light born on Christmas Day. May that Light illumine the hearts and shine in the words and deeds of all of our Staff, our readers, families and friends. May...

The Floating Nativity of Battaglia Terme

December 2014 |
Battaglia Terme these days is an unremarkable, faded spa town on the fringes of the Euganean Hills in the Veneto, south of Padua. It had its early origins in the 12th and 13th centuries, first coming to prominence when its canal was constructed to...
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