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Calcio Fiorentino: the origins of football

Before soccer, before rugby, before football, in Florence there was “Calcio Fiorentino”! “Calcio Fiorentino” (Florentine kick game) or “Calcio Storico”, takes origins from Greeks and Romans and it was played from centuries in Florence. The match is played in the sand of a temporary arena in Santa Croce Square. The... [Read more]


Our Italian Side Our Italian Side

by Maria Many of us are several generations away from our Italian ancestors that emigrated from Italy all those years ago. We have lived elsewhere for all our lives, as our parents before us have. Still, we hold our Italian side close, hungry for all things Italian—and not just the food, although it plays a big part in Italian life. Sometimes... [Read more]


Souvenirs Souvenirs

by Maria . Vacation time is just around the corner. No matter where you go, you will surely come home with a souvenir. These little trinkets serve to remind us of the good times we had with loved ones, a visit to a far-away place and maybe even new friends we made. Sometimes they hold a special meaning only to us that no one else can see.... [Read more]


Auguri a tutte le mamme! Auguri a tutte le mamme!

Auguri Mamma! Auguri a tutte le mamme! Happy mother’s day! Mamma, son tanto felice perché ritorno da te. La mia canzone ti dice ch’è il più bel sogno per me! Mamma son tanto felice… Viver lontano perché? Mamma, solo per te la mia canzone vola, Mamma, sarai con me, tu non sarai più sola! Quanto ti voglio bene! Queste parole... [Read more]


Language & Cultural Immersion Tour in Matera: Sept. 14th – 21st. Language & Cultural Immersion Tour in Matera: Sept. 14th – 21st.

Immerse yourself in the the Italian language and revel in the culture of the Matera! This unique Linguistic and Cultural Immersion is a custom designed experience which will give each participant the opportunity to study and practice Italian while exploring the city, its food, wines, art and traditions with experienced teachers and guides. The... [Read more]


Giro d’Italia 2013 Started Today in Naples Giro d’Italia 2013 Started Today in Naples

Today, may 4, in Naples started the “Giro d’Italia” 2013. This is the 96th edition of the most famous Italian bycicle race: it was organized for the first time in 1909 by the Italian Sport Daily “La Gazzetta dello Sport“. The race leader is awarded every day with the “maglia rosa“, a pink jersey. Why pink ?... [Read more]


The Flag of Italy The Flag of Italy

We all recognize the flag of Italy, but few of us know its history. The tricolor flag, known in Italy as Il Tricolore, has equal sized bands of green, white and red. According to some the green stands for hope, joy and love; the white signifies peace and honesty; and the red represents bravery, strength and valor But for the Italians the green represents... [Read more]


ValorePaese: Historical Buildings for Tourist Accomodation ValorePaese: Historical Buildings for Tourist Accomodation

“ValorePaese“ is a project for the development and the efficient management of real estate assets owned by the State and local authorities. The project, promoted by the “Agenzia del Demanio” (State Property Agency) in collaboration with Ance and Invitalia, involves unused or under-utilized properties that have strong strategic value. In exchange... [Read more]


Primavera Italiana! Primavera Italiana!

E’ primavera, it’s spring! Even if the weather in march is always “capriccioso”, today it’s spring! Spring is a moment in our lives. Cold winter goes away, days slowly stretch: a symbol of life, a life that is reborn. Italian art dedicated great masterpieces to this season. La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli is considered... [Read more]


Pietro Mennea: “la Freccia del Sud” Died Today in Rome Pietro Mennea: “la Freccia del Sud” Died Today in Rome

Pietro Mennea, the world recordman on 200 m , died today in Rome at age 61. Mennea was born in 1952 in Barletta (Puglia) During 1979 Pietro broke the word record with his incredible winning time of 19.72 . The record held out for seventeen years and was beaten only in 1996 by Michael Johnson In 1980 Mennea, “the Southern Arrow”, won the... [Read more]


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