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A Vote for Matera A Vote for Matera

ItalianSide for Matera 2019 Why Matera Should Be The European Capital of Culture 2019by Diane Hirsch In October the Council of Ministers of the European Union will decide which of the six nominated Italian cities will become the European Capital of Culture 2019. Matera, the City of the Stones, is among them and while the other cities are very beautiful... [Read more]


Matera’s Culture Comes in Many Forms (part II)

ItalianSide for Matera 2019 Matera’s Culture Comes in Many Forms Part II by Mark Russell Part I is here Descending into the Sassi, visitors can spend countless hours exploring the rich architectural heritage of this stony labyrinth. The sophisticated residential structures of the Sasso Barisano, some dating to the Renaissance and still... [Read more]


Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019 Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019

ItalianSide for Matera 2019 Matera’s Culture Comes in Many Forms Part I by Mark Russell Matera is candidate to be the European Capital of Culture 2019.My maternal grandparents could never have imagined this! In 1921, my grandmother left her family home in the Sasso Barisano for Toronto. She was on her way to marry a Materan man she had... [Read more]


Suor Cristina IS The Voice of Italy 2014!

And the winner is…Suor Cristina! Suor Cristina IS The Voice of Italy! Sister Cristina from the J-AX team, won the final of the Italian show with her great voice. Her last performance was with the song “what a Feeling” from Flashdance movie. Suor Cristina won agains Giacomo Voli the second finalist of the show. Giacomo is a great... [Read more]


The Monna Lisa’s Instant Fame The Monna Lisa’s Instant Fame

By Diane H. Would you believe that the Leonardo da Vinci’s Monna Lisa (*) was not always the acclaimed work of art that it is today? In fact, most art critics did not even consider it a masterpiece of Renaissance art until the 1860s, more than 350 years after it was painted. For years the public showed little interest in the Monna Lisa. It... [Read more]


Walking on the Edge of the Sky… Walking on the Edge of the Sky…

“And suddenly you realize that you’ve been walking like on the edge of paradise”. Apparently enough, this is what many hikers and travelers must have thought when looking at the stunning views beneath them, delighted of the once-in-a-lifetime experience they were having on this unexpected side of the Amalfi Coast, along the world famed “Sentiero... [Read more]


David’s Weak Ankles David’s Weak Ankles

As anyone over 50 can tell you, time and circumstances take their toll on every body. Even Michelangelo’s David, the epitome of the perfect male physique, is suffering from weak ankles. Scientists at the National Research Council and Florence University ran tests and have found fractures in both the carved tree stump and left ankle of the great statue. The... [Read more]


Marina and Her Diary of Travel in Argentina Marina and Her Diary of Travel in Argentina

Il Mio Viaggio di Ritorno a Buenos Aires is a wonderful account by Marina Gabrieli of her anticipated return to the city that has changed her life. Three years ago Marina had spent seven months studying at the University of Buenos Aires and was struck by the people of Italian descent that she met, their continuation of Italian traditions, and their... [Read more]


The Voice of Italy – Suor Cristina wins again! The Voice of Italy – Suor Cristina wins again!

Tonight for the second time Suor Cristina was on the stage at the “Voice of Italy” talent show. Now…try to guess what song a nun will sing….I bet that no one of you will give the right answer. This time for “the battle” the nun sang “girls just want to have fun” a hit of Cindy Lauper directly from the 80s. So this song became a sort... [Read more]


Oh Venus How He Longs to be Thee Oh Venus How He Longs to be Thee

By Diane Hirsch It’s probably Sandro Botticelli’s most recognized painting— Venus standing naked in a clam shell, two angels on one side and her maiden, ready to dress her, on the other. The Birth of Venus, painted by Botticelli in 1486, hangs in the famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Last week, a 25-year old Spanish tourist stripped naked... [Read more]


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