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The Amerigo Vespucci Ship Lands in New York

From the 26th to the 31th July 2017, the Italian Navy Training Ship Amerigo Vespucci is in New York, the eighth port of call of the 2017 Training Campaign. The Training Campaign on board the Amerigo Vespucci represents a key element in cadet professional development, passing on the Italian Navy’s core values of love for the sea, ethics, loyalty and honor

Welcome to Your Own Tropical Paradise

Tropical vibes all around for this summer, and there’s no doubt everyone will be pleased. Bright colors, tropical animals, and wild vegetation are the undisputed protagonists of this period, providing the right amount of cheerfulness to live the most enjoyable season of the year to its fullest.

Ferrari Celebrates 30 Years of F40

Thirty years have passed since the official presentation of the F40, which took place on 21 July 1987 at the Civic Centre in Maranello, now home to the Ferrari Museum. On the anniversary of the launch of this motoring legend, Ferrari has gathered together the memories of three of its creators: Ermanno Bonfiglioli, then Head of Special Projects, Leonardo Fioravanti, a designer for Pininfarina, and test driver Dario Benuzzi. The F40 is on show at the Ferrari Museum of Maranello as part of the "Under the Skin" exhibition devoted to the evolution of innovation and style in the 70- year history of the Company.

Donna Margherita. An Italian Home in New York City

Opened on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Donna Margherita serves Italian cuisine in an environment that is just as authentic as the food.

The Amerigo Vespucci Ship Lands in the States

From the 18th to the 22nd July 2017, the Italian Navy Training Ship Amerigo Vespucci will be in Boston in the United States, the seventh port of call of the Training Campaign 2017. The Training Campaign on board the Amerigo Vespucci represents a key element in the cadet professional development, passing on the Italian Navy’s core values of love for the sea, ethics, loyalty and honor. After Boston, the Amerigo Vespucci will proceed to New York on July 26th, continuing to represent our country and ‘made in Italy.’

Harlem's Giglio Feast: Raising a Five-Ton Tower

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.

Happy 60th Birthday to the FIAT 500!

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.

Montclair's 4th Annual Exotic Car Rally is a Success!

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.

Elections in 1,000 Towns Send Shock Waves Thru Italy

For the first time since its founding in October 2009 the Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) was trounced in an election held in 1,021 townships throughout Italy. The shock waves also rippled onto the Partito Democratico (PD). The result: probable postponement of early national general elections.

The Debate. “Let’s Wake Up Italics”

"Italics." There are more than 250 million people around the world who belong to a community that began with Italy. Many of them don’t speak Italian, don’t live in Italy, and perhaps haven’t even been there. Despite this, they feel as if Italy is a part of their being. This “Italian” identity outside of Italy began thanks to emigration, but it has since developed into something more. Piero Bassetti—a renowned entrepreneur, politician, and public intellectual—defines this feeling as “Italicity.” Bassetti presented his new book and manifesto, "Let’s Wake Up Italics!" at the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

The Good, the Erotic, and the Bad

Buying an Italian product has come to symbolize immersing oneself in the Italian way of life. An analysis of the industry’s overseas advertising lingo can help us understand how foreign consumers perceive the country itself.

Investigating Afro-Italian Intersections in Popular Music

Excerpted from "Flavor and Soul. Naples and Palermo were cultural crossroads where European, African, and Arab music had intermixed for centuries; the migrants who passed through these port cities on their way to the New World participated in the process of intercultural synthesis that produced jazz, the tango, the rumba, and other new song forms and dance styles which in turn traveled from New Orleans, Buenos Aires, Havana and other cities back across the Atlantic.

The Search for Our Energy Future

Visiting MITEI Labs, a research center established nine years ago in a collaboration between MIT and several energy-sector companies, including Italy’s Eni. MITEI (or MIT Energy Initiative) has become an incubator for energy ideas and research projects, an across-the- board enterprise involving hundreds of professors and thousands of students. Its goal is to meet the growing demand for energy in an environmentally responsible way.

Happy Festa della Repubblica, New York!

Italian institutions celebrate June 2nd and italianità. An entire day filled with the best in Italian food, classic and contemporary art, and jazz. Community representatives inaugurated the design of the Consulate General of Italy’s new waiting room. Also noteworthy was the presence of Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, who presented awards to Frank Bisignano and Jhumpa Lahiri .
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i-ITALY RADIO. Launching Our New Project

After the news website, the free-press magazine, and the weekly TV show on NYC Life, a brand new Radio project joins our information and entertainment network.

Pope Francis Welcomes Trump to Vatican

Two of the West’s most influential leaders, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, set aside their differences for a private 30-minute meeting on international affairs and the promotion of peace.

Ferrante Novels to Become an HBO Series

The series will be directed by Saverio Costanzo. Elena Ferrante, whose real identity remains unknown, will be collaborating on the screenplay via email

Sculpting for Peace with Guido Dettoni

On Saturday, May 13th, the Association of Italian American Educators welcomed Guido Dettoni della Grazia–the prolific Italian artist, sculptor, and creator of the “Global Peace Network.” While in New York, the artist held the United States’ first ever “Peace Gathering” at Hofstra University. Participants created their own wax sculptures to both find their own peace and to contribute to the global Peace Network.

Gruppo Italiano (GI) Welcomes Pastry Chef Pietro Macellaro

Gruppo Italiano (GI) and Il Gattopardo Group recently put on a rare Italian pastry baking demonstration by famed Pastry Chef, Pietro Macellaro. The i-Italy team got the opportunity to talk to the master chocolatier as well as the owner of Italian fine dining restaurants, Gianfranco Sorrentino, in an exclusive interview.

Milan Food Innovation Summit Hosts Barack Obama

Former US President Barack Obama arrived in the Italian city of Milan on May 8th to discuss the intersection between food security and climate change at the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit.