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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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