Roman Hideaway (part 2)

by Mark Russell First part is here My absolute favorite destination on the Caelian Hill and, in fact, all of Rome is perched on its north-eastern slope, a short walk from the Colosseum or St. John Lateran. This is the fortified twelfth-century church and convent of Santi Quattro Coronati dedicated to four early-Christian sculptors martyred […]

Roman Hideaway (part 1)

by Mark Russell Hot and bothered. That’s one way to describe Rome during the summer months. To be honest, I enjoy the city’s vitality, be it in the clamorous Piazza Navona or Campo de’ Fiori; in the Pantheon’s hushed and cavernous perfection; in the metro and on the broiling buses full to bursting; or along […]

Rocco’s Store

ItalianSide and master artist Rocco Persia are happy to present a truly distinctive work of art that can be customized to celebrate your family history. On a background with a town, ship or flags, you can add figures that represent your ancestors’ emigration from Italy to their adopted country. What a perfect gift it would […]

Italy – The Extraordinary Commonplace

We all know the stereotypes that have come to shape the world’s view of Italy—the Latin lovers, the pizza makers, the Italian devotion to ‘la dolce vita’, etc. In this short video advertising Expo 2015 in Milan, the Italian Ministry and ICE (the Italian Trade Commission) show us another side of Italy and her people. […]

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 I was able to […]

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