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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
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]
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]
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]
The Nolè Sisters Genealogy Tour in Basilicata, Italy
It is unanimous with my sisters and me; this trip was our best travel experience ever. We don’t always travel together, but have traveled in the US and Europe many times.
In considering what made this trip so special, it did not come to me all at once. In reflection, a few things you may not consider led to a great adventure.
There was no stress... [Read more]
Light and Shadow: Art Tourism in Naples (Part I)
by Mark RussellThe city of Naples famously sits in the shadow of Vesuvius, continental Europe’s only active volcano. But many other shadows have cast themselves over its long and complicated history: the shadows of war, cholera, poverty, and organized crime among them. For many decades following Italian Unification, the shadow of diaspora also hung... [Read more]
Matera Will Be The European Capital of Culture 2019
If I could freeze a moment in time for Matera, it would be today, October 17th, 2014, when it was announced Matera would become the European Capital of Culture 2019.
Piazza San Giovanni was packed with people smiling and waving flags, their faces beaming with happiness and pride.
Thanks to ItalianSide.com I was able to watch this exciting moment... [Read more]
Now that the cooler weather is setting in for many of us, my thoughts have turned to comfort food—those hearty soups and stews that simmer for hours and fill our homes with fabulous aromas. Along with some good Italian bread, they are a meal in themselves.
If you grew up in an Italian household, you probably remember your mother or grandmother... [Read more]
Visiting my Mother’s Village
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I flew into Rome with my cousin Annette and as Sicily came into view we had our first glimpse of the rugged mountainous country that is Calabria… and we both cried.
My cousins Annette and Tony’s Grandmothers and my mother were 3 sisters and they also had a brother.
Tony his... [Read more]
Bill de Blasio: A Trip Back to His Italian Roots
On July 18th New York City’s first family will say “Arrivederci, Big Apple” as they head to Italy for a family vacation. Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and their two teenage children, Chiara and Dante, will spend ten days visiting Rome, Venice and Naples, as well as Grassano and Sant’Agata, the ancestral villages of de Blasio’s... [Read more]