History & culture

Christmas Traditions

December 2014 |
Christmas and the Christmas carol originated in Italy Devoted to Jesus, Saint Francis wrote a Christmas hymn in Latin, "Psalmus in Nativitate," but, apparently, no Christmas carols in Italian. Franciscan friars are credited with several 13th...

The Adoration of the Magi

December 2014 |
Some of the most sublime works of art produced in Italy during the Middle Ages and early Renaissance related to the events surrounding the nativity of Jesus. Many of the great artists of this period such as Masaccio, Duccio, Fra Angelico, and...

Missal for the Franciscans of Montone

November 2014 |
Il Messale Caporali è opera di Bartolomeo e Giapeco Caporali, fratelli perugini considerati due degli artisti umbri più importanti del 15esimo secolo. Proveniente dal convento di San Francesco a Montone, cittadina umbra, il capolavoro...

Peggy Guggenheim Art Museum in Venice

October 2014 |
The Peggy Guggenheim Museum has become one of the top tourist attractions in Venice. Located directly on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro neighborhood of Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is particularly a favorite of those who are modern art...

The Terracottas of Renaissance Florence

September 2014 |
Florence is rightly regarded as the epicenter of the Renaissance. Each summer, the city teems with visitors from around the world. Some of which are academics, students, and writers, but many are casual visitors wishing to experience the city's...

Mother's Day

May 2014 |
My mother, Anna Antonelli LoGrasso, had five sisters and one brother, who died as an infant. My grandmother named each of her daughters after a reigning Queen in Europe: Yolanda, Elisabetta, Aida, Helena, Rena. My grandmother came from Pescara...

A Special Christmas Found in War-Torn Italy

December 2013 |
My most treasured memory dates back to December, 1946. It was this Christmas season that I met my grandparents for the first time. At the time, I was serving in the U.S. Navy and was aboard a ship in the Northern Adriatic, as part of the Allied...

Leopardi, Italy's timeless poet

April 2013 |
Long recognized as Italy's greatest poet of the Romantic age, Giacomo Leopardi (Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi,1798-1837) has never ceased to inspire generations of readers with his classically written stanzas. His...

Expanding Italy's Reach

April 2013 |
On January 22, I had the honor of participating in the 70th anniversary commemoration of the allied forces' landing on the shores of Lazio. Standing in the middle of the military cemetery in Nettuno, I felt a strong stir of emotions, reminded of...
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