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Articles by: Alex Catti

  • The Leopardi house
    On occasion of Italian writer Giacomo Leopardi's birthday (June 29, 1789), the writer's descendants announced the opening of the Leopardi mansion's old stables in Recanati, Marche. This is where Teresa Fattorini "Silvia," from Leopardi's poem "A Silvia" lived. Following last year’s earthquakes in Central Italy, “Silvia’s House” in Recanati has now opened to the public for the first time.
  • Bologna's Torre degli Asinelli
    The tallest leaning medieval tower in the world welcomes visitors to the city of Bologna. Torre degli Asinelli was built in the 12th century and is part of Bologna's iconic cityscape. After a 3-month renovation project, the tower recently reopened to the public.
  • Rumors have been circulating that the Catholic Church has decided to disregard the health of some of its parishioners. The subject of this chatter concerns those who have Celiac Disease or other types of gluten sensitivities. However, the Catholic Church is not inadvertently prohibiting its members with Celiac Disease from receiving communion. In fact, the Church even offers a couple of substitute options for those who are not able to consume gluten.
  • Do you know about the Dance of the Giglio in Harlem? If not, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Head to East Harlem on Sunday, August 13 to watch as men and women hoist a 75-foot tower, weighing several tons, into the air and carry it on their backs! This annual festival honors Saint Anthony of Padua and is organized by the Giglio Society of East Harlem, a religious and cultural organization of Catholics of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church. If you're looking to see a giglio right away, Our Lady of Mount Williamsburg is currently lifting their own for their 130th annual feast. But hurry! The last day is July 16th.
  • The Fiat 500 turns 60 this week, and the occasion is being commemorated in a unique way. The Museum of Modern Art in New York incorporated a 500 F into its permanent exhibition. Fiat itself is producing a special edition of the car and a commemorative stamp, both of which are available in a limited run. The automaker has also released a nostalgic video with the new 500 as the star.
  • Are you looking for the best pizzerias around the world? Fortunately, a brand-new handy guide is on its way. On June 30th, within the framework of the Le Strade Della Mozzarella (LSDM) event, New York’s Ribalta Pizzeria Restaurant hosted the presentation of the new guide "50 Top Pizza," which looks to rank the best pizzerias worldwide. It is set to be launched on July 20th and was created by journalist, food expert, and blogger Luciano Pignataro and founders of LSDM Barbara Guerra and Alberto Sapere. During the presentation, 50 Top Pizza announced the nominees and winners of its International Awards, which were conferred to some of the best pizzerias across the globe.
  • "Let's Wake Up, Italics!"- Piero Bassetti in Conversation with Fred Plotkin
    Piero Bassetti and Fred Plotkin at La Casa di i-Italy
    There are over 250 million “Italics” in the world, and perhaps you’re one of them! On occasion of the recent English publication of Piero Bassetti’s book “Let’s Wake Up, italics! Manifesto for a Glocal Future,” i-Italy hosted a conversation between the author himself and Fred Plotkin, one of America’s foremost experts on opera and Italian culture. The conversation discussed what an “Italic” is and how Italics fit into the larger global society. The book “Let’s Wake Up, italics!” is published by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.
  • An aerial shot of Church Street in Montclair.
    On Sunday, June 11 Church Street in Montclair, NJ was a sight that you would see perhaps only in a Formula One race. This was all thanks to Hollywood executive producer, restaurateur, radio host, and philanthropist, Franco Porporino Jr. The occasion was the 4th Annual Mille Miglia Exotic Charity Car Rally, hosted by Porporino's celebrity hotspot, Fresco Da Franco Italian Restaurant.
  • Do you love Italian cars? Don't miss Mille Miglia Auto Club's Italian exotic car rally! The event takes place on Sunday, June 11th in Montclair, NJ and is organized by Franco Porporino Jr. This year's rally is a fundraiser for Tomorrow Children's Fund and Hudson Valley SPCA. The day promises to be full of cars, food, and celebrity guests–all in support of local organizations.
  • Italian judge and prosecuting magistrate, Judge Giovanni Falcone
    On May 23rd, 1992, the Mafia in Sicily tragically killed Judge Giovanni Falcone, who dedicated his career to fighting organized crime. Now, 25 years later, the Fulbright Commission Italy has joined with the Fondazione Falcone and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) to create a grant for students in the field of Criminology.

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