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Politics & the Piazza

Judith Harris

The Piazza as a political forum, from the empires to the contemporary democracies... passing through dictatorships.

Language as a Strategic Imperative

Ottorino Cappelli

Interview with Professor Robert Viscusi. "“Italian American culture without the Italian language loses its connection with the rhetorical, political, and philosophical...

New Light and Life for the Sistine Chapel

Judith Harris
Left: Sistine Chapel BEFORE the new lighting system; R., TODAY

After years of criticism, this week the curtain was raised on a drastically improved and better protected Sistine Chapel, through innovative lighting and a bold new air exchange system that will reduce the pollution caused by 6 million visitors a year. Never have its 2,730 square yards of precious wall and ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo, Pinturicchio, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and other great artists been seen in all their stunning glory.

Halloween all’italiana

Maria Rita Latto

In all the Italian regions in the days between October 31st and the day of Saint Martin (November 11th) there has been – from time immemorial – the folkloristic custom to...

Working for Colavita: Between Family and Business

L. A.

Prize trip to America for the employees of the Italian company that was established in 1938 by the Colavita family in the small region of Molise. Forty years later Colavita found...

President Napolitano Testifies Before Palermo Court

Judith Harris

The full text about a presumed swap between the Italian powers-that-be and the Sicilian Mafia back in the Nineties is yet to be released. But already President Giorgio...

Matera: European Culture Capital 2019

N. L.

Matera simply is one of the most unusual and memorable cities in Italy. Basilicata's favorite city was just picked as European Culture Capital 2019, beating some all...

Once Upon a Piazza

Anthony J. Tamburri

In 1970 in Settefrati, a small town in Lazio, the piazza was a meeting place for the town’s citizens, a shopping center, a playground, a resting spot, a political forum. And it...

iawa Presents Suzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Cornelia St. Cafe


The Italian American Writers Association (iawa) presents writers Suzanne Petito and Michael Trocchia on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia St.,...

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