Calcio Fiorentino: the origins of football

Before soccer, before rugby, before football, in Florence there was “Calcio Fiorentino”! “Calcio Fiorentino” (Florentine kick game) or “Calcio Storico”, takes origins from Greeks and Romans and it was played from centuries in Florence. The match is played in the sand of a temporary arena in Santa Croce Square. The rules are …no rules (almost). [...]

Our Italian Side

by Maria Many of us are several generations away from our Italian ancestors that emigrated from Italy all those years ago. We have lived elsewhere for all our lives, as our parents before us have. Still, we hold our Italian side close, hungry for all things Italian—and not just the food, although it plays a [...]

Auguri a tutte le mamme!

Auguri Mamma! Auguri a tutte le mamme! Happy mother’s day! Mamma, son tanto felice perché ritorno da te. La mia canzone ti dice ch’è il più bel sogno per me! Mamma son tanto felice… Viver lontano perché? Mamma, solo per te la mia canzone vola, Mamma, sarai con me, tu non sarai più sola! Quanto [...]

Giro d’Italia 2013 Started Today in Naples

Today, may 4, in Naples started the “Giro d’Italia” 2013. This is the 96th edition of the most famous Italian bycicle race: it was organized for the first time in 1909 by the Italian Sport Daily “La Gazzetta dello Sport“. The race leader is awarded every day with the “maglia rosa“, a pink jersey. Why [...]

The Flag of Italy

We all recognize the flag of Italy, but few of us know its history. The tricolor flag, known in Italy as Il Tricolore, has equal sized bands of green, white and red. According to some the green stands for hope, joy and love; the white signifies peace and honesty; and the red represents bravery, strength [...]

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