History & culture

Italian Christmas Traditions

December 2012 |
For Italians, December 25th is without any doubt the most important day on the calendar. Christmas, a day that has mainly a religious meaning, began in Italy around 300 A.D., when Emperor Constantine, after adopting the new faith of Christianity,...

The Presepe Tradition of Naples, Italy

December 2012 |
Christmas in Naples, Italy is truly special particularly since Naples is most famous for its Nativity scenes or presepi. Presepe means crib or crèche and the one place in Naples that is a must-see especially at Christmastime is the famous...

The Italian Language and its Origins

November 2012 |
The Italian language derives mainly from "vulgar" Latin, which was the spoken language among commoners and less educated citizens of ancient Rome. The other form, classical Latin, was used in a literary and ecclesiastical scope. Many words...

Ten Thousand to One

October 2012 |
As we look over the last 500 years of history there have been thousands of examples of original thought and accomplishment in all areas of human endeavor originating from the Italian peninsula: the arts, sciences, medicine, music, and business....

American Modern Art in Tuscany

July 2012 |
Tuttomondo by Keith Haring While in Pisa, you cannot pass up seeing the beautiful mural by Keith Haring. A work of modern art not only original but also surprising because it is little known to the public and exists in the shadows of other Pisa...

Christmas Celebrations & Traditions in Italy

December 2011 |
Quando si parla di tradizioni Natalizie, celebrazioni, e sopratutto, la famiglia, non esiste un'altro paese come l'Italia. E'il paese ideale per celebrare il Natale per via dei suoi colori, le sue tradizioni ed il modo di celebrare molto...

Saint Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus

December 2011 |
During the first half of the IV century A.D., in the rich city of Mira in Asia Minor, there lived a very special priest whom because of the lack of interesting historical news, he and the locals would pass on to the people many legends. His name...

Making the Connection with Your Italian Heritage

October 2011 |
Sei di discendenza Italiana e sei cresciuto orgoglioso di essere Italiano? Tanti di noi abbiamo vissuto la nostra vita uniti con i nostri famigliari e abbiamo seguito le nostre tradizioni con i nostri nonni, genitori, fratelli,...

Italy and Italian Culture - For Children

May 2011 |
Il modo migliore di imparare e' tramite l'intattenimento. Nessun modo migliore per assimilare informazioni che farlo come svago. Se poi lo si fa' per mantenere vivi i legami con le proprie origini il beneficio e' molteplice. Janice Therese Mancuso...
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