History & culture

Teatro alla Scala

August 2016 |
December 7 is St. Ambrogio (St. Ambrose) Day in Milan. He was so eloquent as bishop of Milan in the 4th century that bees were said to fly into his mouth, attracted by his honey tongue. This feast day of the city’s patron saint not only...

Mino da Fiesole and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

August 2016 |
La Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, collocata sulla sommità del colle Esquilino, è una delle quattro basiliche papali di Roma. Fu fatta erigere all’indomani del Concilio di Efeso del 431 per volontà del Pontefice Sisto...

A Silver Book Cover from Florence

August 2016 |
In particolare durante il periodo rinascimentale Firenze si distinse per l’ottima qualità della lavorazione del metallo. Un pregevole esempio di tale produzione è rappresentato da una copertina in argento che fa parte della...

An Illuminated Miniature from Bologna

June 2016 |
Bologna is the capital and largest city of Emilia-Romagna and one of Italy’s important historical cities. The region is perhaps less well-known among American visitors than Tuscany or the Veneto. Bologna, however, is worth a visit. The city...

H.E. Armando Varricchio

May 2016 |
Armando Varricchio è il nuovo Ambasciatore d’Italia negli Stati Uniti. Lo scorso 2 marzo ha presentato alla Casa Bianca le credenziali al Presidente degli Stati Uniti, Barack Obama. Varricchio è arrivato con un robusto mandato...

A Wax Artist’s Model from the Renaissance

May 2016 |
The artist-client relationship was fundamental to the success of artists during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Patrons demanded to know what they would be paying for and required a preliminary sketch of a building, a sculpture or a painting...

How Did Your Italian Family Get Its Name (Cognome)?

April 2016 |
If you are like me, you may have wondered how your family got its surname or cognome in Italian. I find the sound of Italian family names very melodious, particularly here in America, where they are often butchered in both pronunciation and...

The Power of Relics

April 2016 |
During the 1300s, the Italian peninsula was occupied by numerous independent kingdoms, communes and city states that did not always live in harmony. The period saw the generally sustained growth of thriving urban centers teeming with mercantile...

Steamship Ticket to the United States: November 22, 1911

March 2016 |
A. Name of steamship company: Navigazione Generale Italiana. Headquarters in Rome and offices in Genoa, Palermo, Naples. and Venice. B. Control number issued by Emigration Office in Naples. Ticket good for one passenger in 3rd class. C. Name...
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