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“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]


The Nolè Sisters “Tour to the Roots” in Basilicata, Italy The Nolè Sisters “Tour to the Roots” 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) 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 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]


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