History & culture

Mythical Italy

July 2020 |
Have you ever run into someone you have not seen in decades? I have. Recently, via social media, I made contact with a childhood friend. We had not seen each other since I was 15. He was an old man; what little hair he had was white and his belly...

…And the Pursuit of Happiness

July 2020 |
The Declaration of Independence declares “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of...

Winemaking is a Bruno Family Tradition

July 2020 |
Il giornalista Al Bruno descrive il suo orgoglio per la produzione vinicola familiare. La sua famiglia originaria di Pratola Peligna, vicino L’Aquila, in Abruzzo. In questo articolo descrive la famiglia e la parentela. I suoi antenati ebbero le...

La Fisarmonica: The History of the Italian Accordian

July 2020 |
Quest’articolo parla della storia della fisarmonica. La prima fabbrica per le fisarmoniche fu a Castelfidardo,  nelle Marche. Dicono che i francesi portarono la fisarmonica in italia. Piano piano, con la rivoluzione industriale, le fabbriche...

L’Unione Italiana

June 2020 |
L’Unione Italiana, “The Italian Club” in Ybor City just north of downtown Tampa, FL, is in this great little neighborhood with a rich history of immigration from Latin countries like Sicily, Italy and Cuba. Emigrants from Sicily’s Magazzolo Valley...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

June 2020 |
For the last 130 summers in East Harlem, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has hosted a festival honoring the Mother of Christ. While the celebration began modestly, by 1917 it was attracting thousands of Italians and Italian Americans. The appeal of...

La Fisarmonica: The Advent of the Accordian

June 2020 |
I have always thought that the accordion was first invented and built by Italians, probably due to my love of the accordion and accordionists that I encountered on my trips to Italy, but even among researchers, the advent of the accordion is still...

The Importance of Italian Winemaking

June 2020 |
Quest’articolo parla dell’arte di fare il vino. L’autore parla della sua famiglia che sta facendo il vino nel XIX secolo in Italia, nella paesino di Pratola Peligna nella regione Abruzzo. Lui dice che non è una sorpresa che l’italia sia conosciuta...

Michelangelo’s Pietas

May 2020 |
Michelangelo Buonarroti, born 1475 in Florence, lauded painter and architect of the Sistine Chapel, poet, and inventor considered himself first and foremost a sculptor and worked in marble until his death in Rome in 1564. He was buried in the...
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