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 […]

Primavera Italiana!

E’ primavera, it’s spring! Even if the weather in march is always “capriccioso”, today it’s spring! Spring is a moment in our lives. Cold winter goes away, days slowly stretch: a symbol of life, a life that is reborn. Italian art dedicated great masterpieces to this season. La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli is considered one […]

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 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 […]

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