Papa Francesco and his Italian Side

As all the world knows, the new Pope elected on March 13 2013 is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He comes from Argentina and he took Francesco as his name as Pope. San Francesco (St Francis), born in Assisi in the Umbria region, is the most beloved and venerated saint in Italy. Even more: San Francesco [...]

Italian expressions

When learning a language, it is always fun to learn the idiomatic expressions. Not everything translates literally. For example, “It’s a small world” in Italian can be translated as “È un mondo piccolo”, but it can be “Tutto il mondo è paese” too !(lit. All the world is a country). Here are a few expressions [...]

Old Italian Villages and Towns Database

The Old Italian Towns and Villages database is a new tool from ItalianSide.com to help you to find the old names of the Italian towns. We receive many e-mails asking help to locate ancestors’ hometowns. We see that in many cases, reading Italian words from manuscripted old documents could be difficult and that people from [...]

Clean, Vacuum and Chill

Saving the Sistine Chapel Visitors to the Sistine Chapel can expect to be cleaned, vacuumed and chilled before entering to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. The project, which the Vatican hopes to have completed by the end of this year, is one of several proposed by Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museums. “Dust, heat, [...]

Sardinian secrets for a long life

How would you like to live to 100 years old, still vibrant and healthy? Impossible? Not in Sardinia. Just ask the Melis family, who this year was declared the oldest living family in the world. The combined age of the nine siblings is an incredible 818 years! The Melis family is from Perdasdefogu, in the [...]

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