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The Trevi Fountain Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Rome’s Palazzo Poli opens its doors to visitors, who will be able to enjoy a unique view of the iconic Trevi Fountain from the historic villa’s terrace.

‘Figli,’ The Drama of Parenthood in Italy

Figli, the new film directed by Giuseppe Bonito starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea premieres on January 23.

March 25th is Officially National Dante Day

The Italian government decrees that March 25th will be National Dante Day in honor of the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy, a “symbol of unity.”

Cecilia Alemani to Curate the Venice Biennale

The director and curator of the High Line’s art program, will be the first Italian woman to organize the Venice Art Biennale, one of the most important international contemporary art appointments in the world.

Hammamet, the Last Craxi

Gianni Amelio’s latest film tells the story of Bettino Craxi in the final months of his life. It’s not a partisan film, there are no absolutions, no condemnations, it’s the human drama of a king who has lost his scepter and now has to face himself. Pierfrancesco Favino transcends all limits in terms of presence, acting abilities and in replicating the voice and movements of the former Prime Minister.

Trieste 2020, the European City of Science

One of the most important scientific hubs in Europe, the Northeastern Italian city of Trieste is ready to kick off its year as the European City of Science, during which it will host the EuroScience Open Forum, the largest biennial general science meeting in Europe, as well as the The Science in the City Festival, which will be open to the public.

The Art of Saving Art: Italian Foreign Policy and Cultural Heritage

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations presents an exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York. On view through January 17, 2020. "We are proud to have been able to bring this exhibition at the beginning of an important year, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, which for us is an occasion to relaunch and reinforce the multilateralist message,” comments the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Mariangela Zappia.

The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino Comes to the US

The Sky original series by Academy Award Winner Paolo Sorrentino will premiere in the US on January 15, 2020. In this second season of the provocative “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law and John Malkovich, Pius XIII is in a coma and the Vatican decides to elect a new pope.

Verdi Reads Verdi in the Bocelli Home

A show directed and interpreted by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory in the great Italian singer’s suggestive estate of Poggioncino in La Sterza Lajatico in the province of Pisa.

Remembering the Great Alberto Sordi in the Late Actor’s Roman Villa

To mark the 100th anniversary of the actor’s birth, the Alberto Sordi Museum and Foundation presents an exhibition in the late film star’s Roman villa, which will last from March until June 2020.

Star Wars, Why the Last Episode Let us Down

The last episode of the famed series started by George Lucas in 1977 is not an easy film to absorb. You leave the theatre visually fulfilled but with the impression that director J.J. Abrams doesn’t have a clear notion of where the line between good and evil stands.

Gateway to the True Mezzogiorno

Rivers, mountains, beaches and a sea teeming with fish. This UNESCO World Heritage Site starts at the temples and ancient Greek ruins of Paestum and comprises eighty towns and villages, sixty miles of coast, the tallest mountains and densest forests in the region, as well as dozens of vineyards, wine cellars and farming businesses that produce exquisite food.

2020 Will be the Year of Parma, the Italian Capital of Culture

January 2020 marks the beginning of Parma’s year as the Italian Capital of Culture. And for this occasion, the ancient northern Italian town located in the region of Emilia Romagna proposes a rich and inviting program composed of exhibitions, concerts, workshops, panels and countless other innovative and engaging initiatives to promote Parma’s culture and identity.

La Dea Fortuna, Ozpetek's Life Lesson

Inspired by a true story, the Turkish director’s new film contains the most salient themes of his oeuvre.

Once Upon a Time Sergio Leone, the Return of a Myth

That’s the evocative title chosen for the retrospective exhibition on view in Rome’s Ara Pacis through May 2020. 30 years from his death and 90 from his birth, the show celebrates one of the most beloved filmmakers by the audiences of the past and present, revered by today’s directors.

Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio, a Tale of Modern Man

On December 19, Pinocchio, the latest adaptation of Carlo Lorenzini’s (a.k.a. Carlo Collodi) tale by the award-winning director of Dogman, Matteo Garrone, comes to Italian theatres. Oscar-winner Roberto Benigni is Geppetto, while the young Federico Ielapi embodies the little wooden boy, thanks to the work of make-up artist Mark Coulier, winner of two Academy Awards for his work in Harry Potter and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Casa Colombo Presents “I-Phone as Brush / Cell-phone as Muse”

Last Saturday, Jersey City’s Casa Colombo Italian Educational and Cultural Center hosted the successful opening of the exhibition “I-phone as brush / cell-phone as muse” by photographers Mirko Notarangelo and Kerry Kolenut. A show centered around the idea of the smartphone as a new art-making tool.

Jhumpa Lahiri on the Power of Translation at Montclair State

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri visits Montclair State University to present her latest Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories and discuss the topic of translation as both a creative and political practice.

The Secret Message in Leonardo's Painting

A message, a musical key, hidden inside a painting, “Portrait of a Musician” by Leonardo da Vinci. Sicilian art historian and researcher Giuseppe Petix reveals it at Fordham University in New York.

Applause Fills La Scala’s Opening Night

On Saturday December 7, the day of St. Ambrogio, patron saint of the city of Milan, an audience composed of prestigious figures including President Sergio Mattarella, Senator Liliana Segre, fashion designer Domenico Dolce, and even American singer, musician and author Patti Smith, gathered at the prestigious La Scala Theatre for this Opera season’s opening night: a central event dedicated to the celebration of culture and its importance to society.