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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]


The Sweet Side of St Joseph day: Zeppole ! The Sweet Side of St Joseph day: Zeppole !

For St. Joseph there is a traditional Italian recipe: Zeppole. This is a typical pastry from Campania cuisine. Never tasted them ? Well… we suggest yout to try and… you’ll love them! In Italy march 19 is the dad’s day too: we celebrate fathers and this is the perfect recipe for all Italian papas! Viva i papà e viva i nonni... [Read more]


Dual Citizenship: Collecting Documents (continued) Dual Citizenship: Collecting Documents (continued)

Previous part One of the most important documents is the naturalization certificate of your ancestor. You must prove that your parents or grandparents were born before the date your ancestor naturalized, while your ancestor was still an Italian citizen. If you have the original certificate and the name and age are consistent with their birth certificate,... [Read more]


Papa Francesco and his Italian Side Papa Francesco and his Italian Side

As all the world knows, the new Pope elected on March 13 2013 is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He comes from Argentina and he took Francesco as his name as Pope. San Francesco (St Francis), born in Assisi in the Umbria region, is the most beloved and venerated saint in Italy. Even more: San Francesco is the patron saint of Italy. By choosing this... [Read more]


Live Streaming from St Peter’s Square – in diretta da Roma

March 13 2013 – The election of the new Pope  Read More →


Taking the Plunge – Applying for Dual Citizenship with Italy Taking the Plunge – Applying for Dual Citizenship with Italy

Previous part So you’ve decided to take the plunge and apply for dual citizenship. It is likely to be a roller coaster of emotion—excitement, happiness, disappointment and frustration, sometimes all in the same day. You may even find a few skeletons in your closet or solve some family mysteries. I promise you it will not be boring. It will... [Read more]


ItalianSide: An Invitation to (Re)discover Our Roots ItalianSide: An Invitation to (Re)discover Our Roots

ItalianSide was requested to report on its activities during the general assembly of the “Lucani nel mondo” (Basilicata region in the world). The meeting took place on March 8 in Rifreddo near Potenza. The title of our speech was “ItalianSide.com: An Invitation to (Re)discover Our Roots”. In front of an audience of representatives from many... [Read more]


Do You Qualify for Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis? Do You Qualify for Italian Citizenship Jure Sanguinis?

First part is here In theory, if you meet the qualifications, you are already an Italian citizen and have been since birth. In the jure sanguinis process, you are not applying for Italian citizenship per se, you are applying for recognition of a citizenship you already have. However, you must submit the required documentation to the Italian Consulate... [Read more]


So You Want to be an Italiano So You Want to be an Italiano

An Introduction to Dual Citizenship -by Diane Hirsch Back in 1956, the great Neapolitan composer and pianist Renato Carosone made famous the song “Tu Vuò Fa L’Americano” or “So You Want to be an American”. These days, it seems the opposite is true. There are a great number of people, myself included, from America and other countries, applying... [Read more]


Italian expressions Italian expressions

When learning a language, it is always fun to learn the idiomatic expressions. Not everything translates literally. For example, “It’s a small world” in Italian can be translated as “È un mondo piccolo”, but it can be “Tutto il mondo è paese” too !(lit. All the world is a country). Here are a few expressions in Italian. Can you figure... [Read more]


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