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 [...]

Oh Venus How He Longs to be Thee

By Diane Hirsch It’s probably Sandro Botticelli’s most recognized painting— Venus standing naked in a clam shell, two angels on one side and her maiden, ready to dress her, on the other. The Birth of Venus, painted by Botticelli in 1486, hangs in the famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Last week, a 25-year old Spanish [...]

The Roman Colosseum Gets a Facelift

If you are planning a trip to Rome, be prepared to see a new look for the Colosseum– scaffolding. A three-phase restoration project has cloaked the iconic landmark in metal tubing, giving it a strange hybrid look of antiquity meets modern. The project, which had been delayed for three years by consumer associations and trade [...]

Six Italian Cities Make the Short List for European Capital of Culture 2019

Representatives from 21 Italian cities waited with bated breath in Rome last week as the finalists for the European Capital of Culture 2019 were announced. In the end six cities made the short list—Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia-Assisi, Ravenna and Siena. There is good reason for these towns to be proud: competing against so many other [...]

“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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