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CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI, OR NOT?

WHAT: A journey by foot, from the Tyrrhenian to the Ionian sea, enclosed in a documentary: the discovery of Basilicata through the eyes of those who see it for the first time and the words of those who live there. Eight stages, enclosed in a story about hatred and love, stirring the astonishment of those who will face the walk with the impassivity... [Read more]


Ancestry Tour in Calabritto tracks the Mattia family roots. Ancestry Tour in Calabritto tracks the Mattia family roots.

While planning a trip to Sorrento with my wife, I knew that I would be only about a 1.5 hour drive from the town of my ancestors, Calabritto. This small town in the mountains, inland from Salerno and Naples, is where my great grandfather and grandmother were born and got married before they emigrated to the U.S. in 1892 (she was pregnant with my... [Read more]


Another “Back to your Roots” Tour, Another Happy Friend of ItalianSide Another “Back to your Roots” Tour, Another Happy Friend of ItalianSide

An Ancestry tour sheds light on Maryann’s family I decided I wanted to visit the little town where my maternal grandparents came from. I knew a little and had some nearly 100 year old documents. I was having difficulty trying to trace anything and I came upon Italianside.com. This site is chock full of information and I sent them an inquiry. Shortly... [Read more]


“Biggia-dutz” ! “Biggia-dutz” !

What do you recall about growing up Italian? Share one of your childhood memories with us. Our Grandmas often relied on memory when cooking dishes whose recipes had been handed down for generations. When they couldn’t find exactly what they needed in their adopted country, they made do by substituting one ingredient for another. Recipes evolved... [Read more]


“Italian Genealogy Hands-On”: Civil Status Records “Italian Genealogy Hands-On”: Civil Status Records

Among the many sets of source documents a genealogist may look through during a research project, civil status records are above anyone else in terms of how frequentely they’re looked for. This crucial kind of records in fact includes birth, marriage, death, citizenship registries, together with some other “diverse” records. 1846: Birth... [Read more]


Italy – The Extraordinary Commonplace

We all know the stereotypes that have come to shape the world’s view of Italy—the Latin lovers, the pizza makers, the Italian devotion to ‘la dolce vita’, etc. In this short video advertising Expo 2015 in Milan, the Italian Ministry and ICE (the Italian Trade Commission) show us another side of Italy and her people. You will be surprised... [Read more]


Castel del Monte, a Jewel in the Apulian Countryside Castel del Monte, a Jewel in the Apulian Countryside

Castel del Monte (13th century) situated in the Apulia region, situated on a small hill close to Andria and Corato, near to Bari. It’s a gothic structure even if there are recognizable architectural aspects indicating a fusion of cultural elements from Northern Europe, from the Muslim world and classic antiquity. The Castle is a unique medieval... [Read more]


A Tragic Day in the Memory of Guardiagrele (Chieti) A Tragic Day in the Memory of Guardiagrele (Chieti)

Guardiagrele is an ancient and charming town in the province of Chieti in Abruzzo, it lays on the foothills of the Maiella mountain range at an elevation of around 576 meters. Its population numbers about 10,000. We want to remember an tragic event that happened exactly 71 years ago during WWII that remained in the memory of the town. In that period... [Read more]


Meet Paul Marinaro Meet Paul Marinaro

When Paul Marinaro contacted ItalianSide.com for information about his Italian ancestors, we clicked on the link in his email. To our delight, it was the website of a talented, Chicago-based vocalist with a smooth baritone voice. We liked what we heard and wanted to share his story with our readers. Read our exclusive interview with Paul where he... [Read more]


Light and Shadow: Art Tourism in Naples (Part II) Light and Shadow: Art Tourism in Naples (Part II)

by Mark RussellPart I is here Crossing the long Piazza del Municipio and heading up via Medina and via Monteoliveto we are soon drawn into the narrow, dimly-lit, congested streets of the historic center. This is the heart of the Spanish city cut through by the Spaccanapoli (the street that “splits” Naples) and its dilapidated buildings,... [Read more]


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