The Nolè Sisters Genealogy Tour 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“Forza Bill!”

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 [...]

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