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Keeping from a Fall. The Colosseum

Its 7 million visitors this year make the Colosseum Italy's second most important tourist attraction, and the area open to visitors has been drastically expanded. Here we meet its newly appointed director Alfonsina Russo.

"The Italian Americans Don't Need a Commission to Evaluate Columbus"

With flags, scarves, and tri-colored handkerchiefs, approximately 50 members of Italian-American organizations took part in Saturday’s rally at Columbus Circle. The following day in Queens marked the first meeting of Mayor de Blasio’s commission aimed at examining “symbols of hate.” The great navigator, Christopher Columbus, found himself at the center of the controversy surrounding the Commission and its mission.
Angelino Alfano, incontra la comunità italiana di New York

Angelino Alfano, parla alla comunità italiana di New York

L'intervento del Ministro degli Esteri nel corso dell'incontro con la comunità italiana a New York

FICO Eataly World Opens in Bologna

Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti expands his brand of food halls in a big way. November 15th marked the grand opening of FICO Eataly World, a gastronomical and educational emporium dedicated to the tradition of Italian food. The park is located in Bologna, a city known for its rich cuisine.

Government, Unions Battle Over Boosting Age for Pensions

The increased longevity of Italians is behind the government's proposal to boost the pensionable age to 67 years. But Premier Gentiloni's cabinet is at loggerheads with the powerful unions over this, even as the labor market is also changing.

Italian Success Stories Awarded in Washington DC

What better time to honor individuals and companies upholding traditional Italian values than October - National Italian-American Heritage Month? On Saturday October 14, the 4th annual Premio Eccellenza Italiana award ceremony took place at Café Milano in Georgetown

Alitalia Flies to New Heights This Winter

At the start of its winter season, Alitalia gives a presentation at ENIT’s New York headquarters, highlighting new developments and enhancements. New Alitalia's Chief Commercial Officer, Fabio Maria Lazzerini, spoke about them focusing on the American market and luxury accommodations.

NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala Honoring the Region of Sicily

This past weekend the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) hosted its 42nd Anniversary Gala, at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. A weekend-long celebration of Italian and Italian-American heritage, traditions, educational talks, food and entertainment with Sicily being the region of honor for this year. NIAF also saluted his President & COO John M. Viola, resigning from his role after six years of exceptional dedication.

Elections in Sicily: Walkup to National General Elections

In a regional election Sunday in Sicily, a fledgling center-right coalition trounced the center-left, leaving former Premier Matteo Renzi and his party in deep trouble. The vote is seen as a harbinger of things to come when the nation goes to the polls next March.

Italy and Kenya: New Investment Horizons

The Italian Trade Agency in New York hosted the special investors network event “Italy, Kenya and East Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects,” an important occasion to talk about the new possible investments in the Eastern African countries whose economies are rapidly developing and transforming. The meeting was organized by the A.I.I.K. (Italian Kenyan Industrial Association) and its North American representative Paolo Siniscalco, co-founder of the Italian accounting firm Siniscalco & Partners and Of Counsel with Grassi & Co for the Italian-American markets

Onward and Upward: Italy's Economy on the Mend

For the fifth month in a row the sluggish Italian economy shows signs of improvement. Consumer confidence is on the rise, while unemployed has dropped from a high of 13% to this month's 11.2%.

Columbia University's Italian Academy Hosts Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini

For the occasion of 17th edition of the “Week of the Italian Language in the World,” Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini visits Columbia University's Italian Academy to talk about his comprehensive plan to revive Italy's vast artistic and cultural heritage. An insightful conversation about recent initiatives to improve Italy’s museum system and protect the country’s vast patrimony.

Gucci Refuses Fur for 2018

The Italian luxury fashion brand has taken a step forward to rise up against animal cruelty and to protect animals' rights, along with Armani, Hugo Boss, Stella McCartney, H&M, and many others.

Olive Harvest Time, and the News is Good!

The olive harvest has come to Italy early this year. Despite the overheated summer, scant rain and risk of the nasty bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, both quality and production are excellent.

Columbus Day Tension Brews at Gracie Mansion

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan for a celebration of Italian pride. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio and some of his constituents did not necessarily see eye-to-eye.

2019 Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery Opens!

The U.S. Department of State has announced that entries for the DV-2019 lottery began accepting entries as of October 3, 2017 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and will continue to accept entries until noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The New Italy of Animal Lovers

Italians have discovered a love of animals. As attacks against the horse-drawn carriages of Rome increase, equestrian tourism is on the rise. And at present the 60 million pet dogs in Italy equals the country's human population.

Italian Soccer on the Front Lines to Help Those in Need

The Roma Club New York calls all soccer fans to collect for an event in support of the people affected by the hurricanes.
Ferrari – 70th Anniversary – Join Us in NYC

Join Ferrari in New York City over Columbus Day Weekend

Commemorate Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary by visiting an iconic collection of Ferrari vehicles in Manhattan.

John M. Viola Resigns as President and COO of NIAF

(Washington, D.C. – September 25, 2017) The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces the resignation of John M. Viola, president and chief operating officer of NIAF, effective December 31, 2017. The NIAF Board has begun a search for Viola’s successor.