History & culture

Be Bold, Be Beautiful, Be Italian

April 2018 |
In a world where people are judging by the color of our skin or the accent in our voices, be Italian. In our neighborhoods where families don’t always eat together and everyone stays inside, be Italian. At work where everyone is eating bologna...

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

April 2018 |
Il Vaticano darà in prestito circa quaranta oggetti ecclesiastici al Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York per una mostra incentrata sull’impatto della religione cattolica sulla moda. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination...

Ciao, I Am No Longer Your Slave

April 2018 |
In Italian, we salute family and friends with the casual greeting “ciao”. We express this four-letter word interchangeably to indicate both “hello” and “goodbye.” Many times, we also use it as a parting salutation with the echoing version “ciao,...

Commemorating Good Friday in Italy

March 2018 |
Il Venerdì Santo è il primo giorno del triduo pasquale. Durante la Settimana Santa ed in particolare il Venerdì Santo, ogni regione italiana celebra, secondo le proprie tradizioni, il ciclo e la rievocazione della Passione e della Morte di Cristo....

The Ides of March

March 2018 |
Con il termine “idi”, i romani si riferivano al 13 o al 15 del mese, secondo il particolare calendario giuliano introdotto nel 45 a.C., il quale prevedeva tre date fisse per ciascun mese, in base a cui venivano stabiliti i restanti giorni. In...

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Italy!

March 2018 |
In Italia, la festa di San Patrizio si festeggia nei pub irlandesi oppure partecipando ai tanti eventi organizzati nelle principali città italiane. Da Milano a Bari, passando per Torino, Bologna, Parma, Pesaro, Napoli, Padova, Portomaggiore,...

Sculpture in Siena before the Plague

March 2018 |
In the 1300s, Italy was not Italy as we know it today. The peninsula was divided into city-states in which independent oligarchies governed their individual territories. The period saw the generally sustained growth of thriving urban centers...

Commemorating Caesar: Rome's Celebration during the Ides of March

March 2018 |
While there are numerous Italian festivals that often celebrate fun, religion, or saints, other festivals are used to mark certain days that left a huge impact on Italian culture. Although the start of spring was originally celebrated on March 15,...

Saint Valentine of Rome: A Name of Many Legends

February 2018 |
Saint Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the name of the saint associated with this day has a history far more complicated than one would expect. Although the holiday is now known for hearts, love letters and baskets full of gifts and...
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