Tag Archives: History

The Bells of Agnone

In this week’s #NIAFblog, our guest blogger, Jenifer Landor – founder of Live and Learn Italian, offers a fascinating look into the heritage of a small Italian town in the Apennine hills –  where for centuries, the Marinelli family has been making bells. The … Continue reading

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Demanding Justice for Italian Americans

By Lisa Femia, NIAF Public Policy Manager For years after World War II, there was an open secret among Italian Americans. No one spoke about it, but the scars of wartime mistreatment didn’t fade quickly. Property taken, homes boarded up, … Continue reading

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Pesce d’Aprile  ~  April Fool’s day By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com As a young boy in a small town in Italy, April 1st was the day to pull pranks on everybody.  We drew an image of a fish on a piece of … Continue reading

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Crossing the Atlantic by Ship or by Plane By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com During the post-war era, from 1950 to 1969, every major European country had a fleet of ships positioned in the North Atlantic in order to carry millions of … Continue reading

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A Big Cover-up By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Over 47 Million tourists visit Italy every year. People flock to Italy to appreciate its history, poetry, music, lifestyle and art. They particularly appreciate the magnificent artworks in museums, churches, private collections and all … Continue reading

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The Festival of Candelora

By Patrick O’Boyle, Esq. A Pasca Epifania “tutt’e ffeste vanno via”. Risponne ‘a Cannelora : “No, ce stongo io ancora” – (Easter said to Epiphany, “Now all the holidays are gone,” and Candlemas spoke up and said, “I’m still here!”) – Old … Continue reading

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The Ghetto By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com To many, the “ghetto” is part of the city in which members of a minority group live. The term, however, was originally coined in Venice to describe the section of the city to which … Continue reading

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Trivia: Tre vie By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com The word “trivia” is borrowed from the Latin word trivium, which means “the crossroad” (literally translated: three roads coming together).  It has often been suggested that the word indicates a physical space that it … Continue reading

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Italian “firsts” There have been a number of Italian “firsts” throughout history (perhaps too many to count), but here are just a few of Italians’ contributions to history as the “first” to do or create something. By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.comContinue reading

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Fast Fun Facts  We know you have busy weeks, so here are just a few fun facts on Italian and Italian American culture and history to keep your day moving! By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com During the Renaissance blonde hair became … Continue reading

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