Tag Archives: Italian Americans

Italian American WWII Heroes – The Puniello Brothers

To remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war, using the tag #IAWW2Heroes on social media. This entry is a … Continue reading

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Reflections – The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery (VOD)

-In light of the 2020 VOD being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic- By Anthony Pizzo, Alumnus of the 2002 Gift of Discovery/Voyage of Discovery In 2002, I had the life changing honor to go to NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery … Continue reading

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Finding Your Roots

Words cannot adequately describe the experience that our family had with Roots ’n Tours during our visit to Sicily. We had asked Rosario and his team to help us do some research on our family prior to our trip. Through … Continue reading

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NIAF on Capitol Hill: Vol. 2

At the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), we believe strongly in supporting future generations of the Italian American community. This is why we created the NIAF Congressional Fellowship; with it, we place outstanding Italian American college students, graduate students and recent … Continue reading

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Italy’s Christmas Witch: The Befana Tradition

Perhaps one of the most beloved characters in Italian folklore – at least among children – is that of Befana. Although her origins are not always clear, Befana has now become popular nationwide in Italy, serving as a representation of … Continue reading

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Truffle Season

Fall in Italy is a season of warm colors, festivals and, of course, incredible food. With every season come new tastes and culinary traditions in each region of Italy and one of the most popular, which has made its way … Continue reading

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A Day about Italians Should Be Called Just That

By John M. Viola, President, National Italian American Foundation For the past few years, as summer fades into autumn and October approaches, I’m inevitably inundated with calls from media to talk about the great elephant in the Italian American room: Columbus … Continue reading

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Italy’s Earthquake: A Call to Action

To the Italian American community: On Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016, a large part of central Italy was struck by a devastating earthquake. This tragic disaster has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, and words cannot convey the deep loss … Continue reading

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Festa della Mamma

Mamma By Gabriella Mileti, NIAF Director of Programs Sophia Loren once said, “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  You are connected to your child and to all those who touch your lives.  A … Continue reading

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Un Minuto con…

By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Mikhail Gorbachev e’ di origine Pugliese! After the Crimean War  (1853 to 1856), the local economy was devastated and since Crimea was a peninsula surrounded by the Black Sea, fishing was encouraged and exploited.  Thus, the authorities … Continue reading

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