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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]
The Roman Colosseum Gets a Facelift
If you are planning a trip to Rome, be prepared to see a new look for the Colosseum– scaffolding. A three-phase restoration project has cloaked the iconic landmark in metal tubing, giving it a strange hybrid look of antiquity meets modern. The project, which had been delayed for three years by consumer associations and trade unions, finally began... [Read more]
The Voice of Italy …. is a nun ?
Last night, on the Italian TV RAI 2, there was the second episode of the talent show named “The Voice of Italy”.
It’s the same TV format of the US edition “The Voice”. In this Italian edition, the four coaches are four famous Italian singers: Noemi, Pierò Pelù, J-AX and Raffaella Carrà
This episode was a “blind... [Read more]
“Sicilian Space Program” launched a Cannolo in the Space!
The “Cannolo” , the typical pastry of Sicily, was sent in the stratosphere in an experiment made by a group of young sicilians with a great sense of humour.
These young guys acted as real spacecraft engineers of the homemade “Sicilian Space Program” and built a ‘Cannolo Transporter’ equipped with a GPS tracker... [Read more]
Escape from Winter
By Diane Hirsch
Looking out my window at all the snow and ice, I can’t help but wonder if winter will ever end.
The northeastern part of the U.S. has been particularly cold and snowy this winter, giving me a serious case of the winter blues.
It’s colder here than in Sochi, Russia where the winter Olympics are taking place.
I used to like winter,... [Read more]
This is Genealogy!
Genealogy is passion.
In this videoclip, our great friend Alessandro shows us some of his research work in the old archives in a small italian town.
It’s such a hard job and only Italy-based genealogists like him can carry it on and explore family history fisrt-hand: leafing and reading the old handwritten books, page by page.
Genealogy for us is... [Read more]
Six Italian Cities Make the Short List for European Capital of Culture 2019
Representatives from 21 Italian cities waited with bated breath in Rome last week as the finalists for the European Capital of Culture 2019 were announced.
In the end six cities made the short list—Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia-Assisi, Ravenna and Siena.
There is good reason for these towns to be proud: competing against so many other noteworthy... [Read more]
When Bill de Blasio was declared mayor-elect of New York City on Tuesday, there were celebrations in southern Italy.
Both Sant’Agata di Goti in Campania and Grassano in Basilicata had been closely following the recent election, for them de Blasio is one of their own.
In the town of Sant’Agata di Goti near Naples, where de Blasio’s maternal grandfather... [Read more]
2014 Calendars – “Saluti dall’Italia”
ItalianSide 2014 Calendars are ready in our shop!
For this year we chose the illustrations of Artist Rocco Persia.
The series is named “Saluti dall’Italia” (Greetings from Italy).
It’s a unique gift idea for your relatives and friends with Italian roots.
The calendar comes fully personalized with the name of your Italian... [Read more]
World War I: Online Database of the Italian victims
Do you have ancestors or distant relatives who died during WWI ? There is someone missing in your genealogy tree who died between 1915 and 1918?
It’s long time ago but a lot of Italians lost their lives during the first world war.
Maybe our grandparents told us about a brother or an uncle who never came back to the village from the war.
Now... [Read more]