History & culture

Umbria's Valnerina: From Destruction to Dreams

April 2019 |
Umbria’s mountainous Valnerina, in the Nera River Valley, unveils splendors at every curve in the road. At the foot of the mountain sits the tiny village of Piedivalle. In this village is a small restaurant, Ristorante Guaita Sant’Eutizio (a...

On Becoming a Dual Citizen

March 2019 |
Earlier this month, I had my long-awaited visit to the Italian Consulate in Detroit as part of my process for applying for Italian Dual Citizenship. I was fortunate to be eligible for citizenship through the help of my family who assisted me...

A Marble Statuette from Renaissance Florence

March 2019 |
The Italian Renaissance had its birth in Florence, a prosperous medieval banking and mercantile center. Well-known are the names of the artists who flourished there: Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, the stars of today’s...

Nuns on the Run

March 2019 |
The Vatican has its eye on the Olympic games. In January of this year, the city-state launched a national track and field team. The athletic team is made up of about 60 members including nuns, priests, Swiss Guards, museum workers, carpenters, and...

Good Friday in Assisi: Ancient Traditions Live On

March 2019 |
Countless religious customs and innumerable processions in Italy are rooted in medieval street theater. The Holy Thursday and Good Friday traditions in Assisi are living examples. On Holy Thursday night in the 12th-century San Rufino cathedral, the...

OVID: Loves, Myths and Other Stories

February 2019 |
Bimillennial of Ovid celebrated at Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome. Nel bimillenario della morte del sommo poeta latino Publio Ovidio Nasone, le Scuderie del Quirinale hanno dedicato al poeta-maestro delle trasfigurazioni la bellissima mostra...

A Painted Crucifix from Pisa

February 2019 |
The cross is one of the oldest and most universal of all symbols. It is the central image in Christian art, the unique symbol of Christ himself because of his Crucifixion. In a broader sense, the cross has become the mark or sign of the Christian...

The Columbus Letters

February 2019 |
Durante il viaggio di ritorno in Spagna, navigando tra gennaio e febbraio di 526 anni fa, Cristoforo Colombo compose tre lettere che descrivevano la sua prima esplorazione verso l’ovest, le popolazioni che incontrò e la bellezza travolgente di...

La festa di San Felice

February 2019 |
Civitanova del Sannio is a sleepy little town of about 900 people, compared to about 2,000 when my mom and dad lived there in the 30’s and 40’s. It is located in a central valley in southern Italy. In the years following WWII, the population...
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