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Sandro Botticelli (Italian, 1444 or 1445-1510), The Story of Lucretia, 1499-1500. Credit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Art & Culture
Chiara Basso(February 14, 2019)
After having being separated for hundreds of years, two iconic, Renaissance paintings by artist Sandro Botticelli have been reunited, first in Italy and now in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They are "The Tragedy of Lucretia,” purchased in 1894 by Isabella Stewart Gardner and first Botticelli to land on US soil, and “The Story of Virginia,” from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo. They are the core of a new exhibit in the Gardner Museum's Hostetter Gallery (in the new wing), "Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes," through May 19.
Facts & Stories
Chiara Basso(February 13, 2019)
Futurist Eddie Yoon shared alarming data at a panel discussion with the Gotha of Italian specialty food in New York: younger generations want to cook less and less, in 20 years they won’t probably even drive to a restaurant but they will prefer to have their meals delivered at home, and they want to be fed as quickly as possible without waiting or staying in line. Is it real? Is the food industry ready for this? The panelists of Italian Table Talks, organized by Gruppo Italiano at the NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, had different thoughts about it.
Life & People
Chiara Basso(February 12, 2019)
When Simone Barlaam enters a room, the first things that you can notice are the height, about 6.2", the swimmer-like, broad shoulders, and the open smile. Simone, 18, dreams of participating in the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 and there is a good chance that he can do it. This swimming champion was born with one leg shorter than the other but he likes to describe himself in this terms: "I'm a normal guy with a passion out of the ordinary."
Life & People
I. i.(February 13, 2019)
We publish many stories. Beautiful and less beautiful. We feel the duty to publish this appeal too. Hoping to reach someone willing to help this guy. Currently, the only CONCRETE HOPE of SALVATION for Patrick is at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center Clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where there are other possible immunotheraypy treatments
In "Roman Holidays" Gregory Peck plays the role of an American reporter who falls in love with a European princess (Audrey Hepburn)
Life & People
Chiara Basso(February 12, 2019)
Living the Italian Dream: Part 3. How is Italy treating male Americans who decide to relocate? Three men share their takes on la dolce vita: Rick decided to move back to the US when he became a father, John could move to Italy only after he retired and Bruce never left after having arrived by chance as a student. But behind their decisions, there is always a form of love...
Op-Eds
Judigh Harris(February 11, 2019)
Claiming almost 28%, Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini's right-wing Lega triumphed in Sunday's vote in the Abruzzo Region, in what is seen as the walkup to the EU vote March 26. The big loser: Luigi Di Maio's Five Star Movement (M5S), with under 20%.
Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
Rosanna Di Michele(February 12, 2019)
Popular Carnival food in the city of Vasto (Abruzz0), these sweet tasting ravioli get their name because they are prepared according to an ancient traditional Carnival recipe, and are often served during this time of year. Due to their sweet characteristic at times they are also referred to as Ravioli Dolci.
Facts & Stories
Chiara Basso(February 08, 2019)
When you hear the story of Elena Favilli and how she got to publish her series of books Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, two things come to your mind: first, she might as well be featured in one of these best-sellers dedicated to strong female role models, secondly, everybody, even boys, should get to know and appreciate the fearless women portrayed in these books, a literary phenomenon that over three years has been translated into 48 languages (the Chinese version will be released soon)...
Facts & Stories
Judith Harris(February 05, 2019)
To TAV or not to TAV -- that is the question. Turin and its Alpine valleys are settings for demonstrations both for and against, in an issue that divides the government, and risks bringing costly EU sanctions down upon Italy's head.
Roger Cohen
Facts & Stories
Chiara Basso(February 05, 2019)
The New York Times columnist can be both passionate and rational when he talks about two countries that he loves, Italy and the US. Although in these nations “things can sometimes go to hell,” he firmly believes in the strengths of democratic institutions and therefore in a better future: “America is an idea or it is nothing.”
"Mozzarella Mamma" Trisha Thomas (Credit: Nicolee Drake)
Life & People
Chiara Basso(February 05, 2019)
Living the Italian Dream - Part II. After hearing from Americans who moved to Italy as retirees, we talked with expats who have lived in the country for over two decades: Trisha, who is raising three children in Rome while trying to become "a good Italian mamma," and Alexandra, who moved to Florence to study the Renaissance and stayed for her Italian husband and "the quality of life." Part III next week will feature the stories of three men and their love affair with la Dolce Vita.
Trinità dei monti
Art & Culture
Dominique Fernandez(February 03, 2019)
A fascinating voyage through many different Romes, from early pagan Rome, where the presence of Antiquity is palpable on every corner; to Catholic Rome, which appropriated the pagan monuments for its own use; and finally to Renaissance and Baroque Rome, the city of Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and Caravaggio. Along his captivating tour he encourages us to jettison the timeless stereotype of the “Eternal City,” in favor of a Rome “in which we can recognize our century.”
Facts & Stories
Judith Harris(January 30, 2019)
News from a top Italian prosecutor that Rome is among Europe's safest cities has resounded beyond Italy. In the Eternal City the number of intentional homicides has fallen by half. But other problems persist, from corruption to cocaine.
Portrait of Anna Magnani rediscovered
Art & Culture
I. i..(February 01, 2019)
Great new masters of art, photography, architecture and design, monographic exhibitions. After bravity, a new project for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing 2018, a year of growth: ticket sales up +11%, 917 educational activities for over 23,...
Life & People
Lisa Arnone(January 29, 2019)
"Asking Mario to marry me was the boldest and bravest thing I had ever done, second only my coming out as queer. It felt to me like it was meant to be, just as New York City seemed to be the place that Mario was clearly meant to be." Lisa...
Lisa Condie
Life & People
Chiara Basso(January 29, 2019)
Living the Italian Dream - Part I. Many Americans are fond of Italy and Italian culture to the point that some of them decide to move to Il Bel Paese. It can happen at any stage in life. Lisa Condie and Valencia Wolf sold their belongings and...
The Leonardo da Vinci Society of the Bay Area is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Founded by Italiophiles who were captivated by Leonardo, the Society will be sponsoring and co-sponsoring a number of events honoring and co-memorating the 500th...
View of Sambuca in Sicily (Simon Padovani | Shutterstock)
The possibility of buying a house in the scenic Sicilian town of Sambuca for about $1 made headlines in many outlets, from CNN Travel, which broke the news, to The New York Post and The Guardian. Within 48 hours of the story being spread, local...
“They think it’s easy to make a cut or a hole. But it’s not true,” Fontana (1899–1968) said once. “You have no idea how much stuff I throw away.” The Argentinian-Italian artist famous for his “holes” (buchi) first and from 1958 for his “cuts” (tagli...
Banff National Park by Alberta Anima
Facts & Stories
Jonathan Fargion.(January 27, 2019)
Recent studies have shown the detrimental consequences on the environment, especially because impoverishing the fauna and flora. The transition between the fragmented areas becomes very difficult and dangerous for animals, from the smallest of the...
According to Peter Stastny, director of the documentary "Redemption Blues," redemption “is reaching out for something that you cannot reach, but at least you make the effort,” while music, in particular playing with other Jewish musicians...
Designated by the UN General Assembly in 2005, International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27 marks the 74th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi concentration camps. Events honoring the Shoah take place throughout Italy, from Palermo to Turin.
For a decade, the Consulate general has organized this annual public reading to remember the about 3000 people who were forced to leave Italy often among indifference. We asked people and authorities who attended the commemoration why it is...
Breakfast in Grotte della Civita in Matera
Just few ideas... Eats that will get your mouth watering.
Facts & Stories

Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of NY, Inc. Celebrates Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019

The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc. (IHCC-NY, Inc.) announced that its members voted enthusiastically for this year’s annual theme to celebrate Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019
Facts & Stories

ACCOUNTING TODAY.. Critical Tax Points for Funds

Given affairs in the Capital, we assume that no tax legislation will be enacted the rest of this year and that the prospects for technical corrections for the numerous unartfully drafted provisions of the New Law are poor.
Life & People

The Sound of Italian American Protest

Consider nominating a 1927 immigrant recording protesting on behalf of Sacco and Vanzetti to the National Recording Registry.
Art & Culture

Matera and its Sassi. Europe's 2019 Cultural Capital

Of the 58 European Capitals of Culture since Athens was designated the first in 1985, this year's choice fell on Matera in Basilicata. After four years of preparation, the 2019 year of European Culture kicks off there on Jan. 19 with music, exhibitions, light shows, and dance and theater performances.
Focus

The Truth about the Mediterranean Diet

Are eggs part of the Mediterranean diet? And Parmesan cheese? Is it true that you can have all the olive oil you want in a Mediterranean diet? The answer to all these questions is “not true.” The Mediterranean diet is one of the most famous dietary plans but there are still a lot of misconceptions on what it is and what it implies. Professor Maurizio Trevisan told us everything we should know about this topic. The best way to start a healthy 2019.
Facts & Stories

Meet the Future Top Chefs

No culinary TV show could match the enthusiasm of both participants and public at the final round of the first-ever Colavita Culinary Challenge that took place at the Food and Finance High School (FFHS), the only culinary high school in New York City.
Facts & Stories

'Michael 50', Schumacher Exhibition Opens Today

Maranello, 3 January 2019– Fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe are flocking to the Ferrari Museum today for the opening of the 'Michael 50' exhibition on the occasion of the champion's 50th birthday.
Facts & Stories

ACCOUNTING TODAY. Business Meals and Entertainment Deductions

Many businesses still have questions regarding meal and entertainment expenses. Is the company holiday party fully deductible? How about meals and beverages at sporting events?
Life & People

The Befana Comes by Night…

The old good witch who brings candies and coal to the Italian children. Its origin and multifarious celebrations. January 6 is approaching so don't forget to hang up your stockings.
Art & Culture

Buon 90° compleanno, Braccio Di Ferro!

Popeye celebrates his 90th birthday in 2019 having made his debut in E.C. Segar’s Thimble Theatre comic strip on January 17, 1929. The character was meant for only one story but newspaper audiences wanted to see more of him.
Op-Eds

New Year Forecasts for Italy Begin with the Economy

New Year forecasts for Italy begin with the economy, which showed lively growth in 2018. However, a GDP slump during the third quarter of 2018 appears a warning signal. Further risks may be aggravated by tax hikes.
Life & People

Domenico Vacca, Italian Hollywood's Fashion Guru

From Andria, Puglia, to a luxury store on Fifth Avenue where Hollywood stars are regular customers. Italian designer Domenico Vacca is grateful to be born in a relatively small city of only 100,000 inhabitants in Southern Italy like Andria, but when you dream big like him you want to leave as soon as possible. “The first big step for me was going to Milan where I worked as a lawyer at the multinational law firm Baker McKenzie” explains the fashion designer who has dressed celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman, Daniel Day Lewis and Angela Bassett. Vacca’s family didn’t want him to work in fashion because, according to his grandmother, this business is a lot of work and not so much money. But, eventually, he followed his passion with a mission: showing Americans "how to dress the authentic Italian way." Next dream to realize? Hollywood.
Facts & Stories

Consul General Genuardi in New Jersey for the Holiday Wishes

Meeting the Italian community and honorary Consul, Dominic Caruso in Clifton (NJ)
Facts & Stories

Franco Maria Ricci: Labirinto della Masone

If you are in the mood to get lost in beauty, there is a place in Italy where you can do that. It’s called Labirinto della Masone.
Art & Culture

Keeping the Chaos From Italy's Most Popular Museum: the Uffizi

How to keep the chaos from a museum that attracts 2.5 million visitors a year? That has been the challenge facing German art historian Eike Schmidt, one of the first foreigners ever to direct an Italian museum, in this case the extraordinary Uffizi in Florence.
Art & Culture

Paola Randi, an Extra-Terrestrial Director for Italy

Paola Randi is not your typical Italian director. She discovered her passion for the movie industry when she was over 30 and no major cinema school would have enrolled her, she is from Milan “where working in cinema is considered for aliens only”, she is a woman, and for her second directorial feature, she chose sci-fi, a very unusual genre for Italian cinema. After all, as she explained, “I was told that I would have failed with my second movie like everybody does, especially when you first film did well. Well, I thought, if this is going to be my last movie, I’d rather be bold.”
Art & Culture

The Search for Italy's Most Fascinating Presepi

Italian presepi -Nativity scenes, that is- come in all shapes, sizes, colors and dimensions. The historic ones in the venerable churches may have over 100 hand-carved figures. In today's presepi, Holy Families, shepherds and sheep may actually be alive - or be made of ice or sand.
Facts & Stories

A New Way To Fly for Alitalia

Alitalia Relaunch. Fabio Maria Lazzerini, Chief Business Officer, met the press at ENIT-Italian National Tourist Board in New York. Talking about the present situation of the Italian airline company and future business developments, the key words are: heading in the right direction. One of the news: Alitalia is launching Washington-Rome route
Art & Culture

Valeria Golino. Diva and anti-diva.

Interview with the actress and director who presented in New York her second directorial effort, Euphoria. She talks about women and cinema in Italy and confides a desire: winning one day the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in France. "It took me a long time to do what I wanted to do," she says, "not because I found it difficult as a woman. The problem came from within: I would call it self-censorship."
Op-Eds

Matteo Salvini at the Foreign Press Association in Rome

Matteo Salvini will shortly visit the United States, he told a crowded hall of foreign journalists at the Foreign Press Association Dec. 10. While calling for regular and regularly controlled immigration, he said, "My priority is the 5 million Italians living in poverty."
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If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray—not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-12-tree-milan-ambitious-cleaner-greener.html#jCp

Air Italy, an upstart Italian air carrier founded early in 2018, on Tuesday said it will start nonstop service on May 14 between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Milan, Italy’s Malpensa Airport. Air Italy will initially operate the new route three times weekly.

The Justice Department has helped many countries gain back their rightful cultural possessions. This is a case that doesn’t warrant its involvement.

Milan continues to outpace its Italian neighbors in home prices and sales volume, while the smaller areas in its orbit remain quiet and affordable.

Italy's fashion association issued an official statement in the face of accusations of irregular working conditions in the country.

From 2001 to 2017, the number of Americans speaking Italian at home dropped from almost 900,000 to just over 550,000, an incredible 38% reduction in just 16 years.

The company debuted its first Italian location in Milan in September, a high-end Starbucks Reserve Roastery. It opened two more locationsthis week. 

Institution vows to defend ‘legal right’ to Victorious Youth statue discovered off Pesaro in 1964

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning a little less than it used to. The Italian monument, famed for its precarious tilt, has been improving its posture, straightening nearly 1.5 inches since 2001.

Xiang Kai, a director and writer based in Shanghai, burned more than $20,000 worth of Dolce & Gabbana products, including coats, a vest and bags. A previous fan of the brand, he said he also threw his shoes and watches from the label in the trash.

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Fatti e Storie
Chiara Basso(February 12, 2019)
Quando Simone Barlaam entra in una stanza a colpirti sono l’altezza, oltre un metro e novanta, le spalle larghe da nuotatore e il sorriso aperto. Simone, 18 anni, sogna di partecipare alle paraolimpiadi di Tokyo e ci sono buone possibilità che ce la...

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Italy in NY Calendar

Format: 2019-02-17
Format: 2019-02-17

February 17

To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800
10:00 am
Los Angeles
LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
United States

February 18

To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800
10:00 am
Los Angeles
LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
United States

February 19

To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800
10:00 am
Los Angeles
LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Lecture “Bridging Gaps, Delimiting Borders: [Dis]tinguishing the Italian [/American] Writer”
06:00 pm to 08:00 pm
New York
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue New York NY Hemmerdinger Hall (E705, 7th Floor, East Building)
New York, NY
United States
Michael Frank - Italian Journeys of American Writers Series
06:00 pm
Italian Cultural Institute of New York
686 Park Ave
10021 New York, NY
United States

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