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Travels in Molise: Splendors of the Samnites and their Scions

Discovering the Wonders of the Bel Paese. A small region of 1,714 sq miles and little more of 300,000 inhabitants, located between Abruzzo and Apulia, Molise is a land rich in history, full of mountain- and hilltop towns that look like nativity scenes, hermitages and monasteries, and vestiges of the ancient world.

When Tourism Becomes more Burden than Bounty

Until now, tourism has been hailed as Italy's magic beam, transporting the country beyond the losses from runaway factories and ever more present robots. Nevertheless a small but serious reaction against the vast influx of tourists is becoming evident.

Leonardo Da Vinci, Between Lombardy and New York

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance genius, the Morgan Library presents a preview of the film "Being Leonardo da Vinci" by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory (October, 9 2018) Also, don’t miss the historical re-enactment in costumes dedicated to Leonardo during the Columbus Day parade on Fifth Avenue (October, 8 2018)

Libiamo! The Upcoming Production of La traviata with the Washington National Opera

Powerful vibrato and soaring arias echoed through the Embassy of Italy on the evening of Monday, September 24, revitalizing the classic opera La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian Cultural Institute and the Washington National Opera (WNO) presented a special preview of this famous story of love and of sacrifice, which debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on October 6.

A Trailblazer of Italian Modern Art

The Center of Italian Modern Art is a non-profit exhibition and research center that opened its graceful and airy SoHo loft in the beginning of 2014. For its 2018-19 academic year CIMA presents “Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà,” in collaboration with Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.

Italy Chooses the Movie that Goes to the Oscar: Is “Dogman” by Matteo Garrone.

The Film, loosely based on a true story of crime, will compete to enter in the final 5 titles for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Celebrating the First Contemporary Performance of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s The Musical Bee (L’ape musicale)

Three occasions to celebrate in New York Cityt he First Contemporary Performance of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s "The Musical Bee". "L’Ape Musicale" will be staged at Columbia in its first modern rendering on October 15 and 17 at 7:30 pm in Low Memorial Library, the most prestigious building on campus. The opera will be performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari under the conduction of Donato Renzetti; it will be directed by Davide Garattini Raimondi. On Tuesday, October 16, the same ensembles, conducted by Renzetti, will be at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Little Italy, Da Ponte’s own parish (where his funeral was held 180 years ago), for a concert recalling the charity event held there on June 22, 1826, an “Oratorio for the Benefit of the Orphan Asylum” that starred Manuel García and his daughter Maria Malibran. A one-day symposium will cover a wide range of research on the early days of European opera in the U.S.Lorenzo Da Ponte and the Birth of Italian Opera in New York at The Italian Academy, Columbia University (1161 Amsterdam Avenue • New York, NY 10027).

Adventures in Italian Opera is Back at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

World’s foremost opera experts Fred Plotkin resumes his series, Adventures in Italian Opera, where he sits down with a multitude of esteemed guests from the opera world.

Inge. Quell'amica schietta e diretta

Inge Feltrinelli, the last queen of publishing, a revolutionary between the past and the future, has left us quietly. The following are a few, yet incisive, words by a writer on a woman whose unique vision has defined both her own publishing house and the Italian publishing industry at large, with the intent to change the world with books. Inge Feltrinelli, l'ultima regina dell'editoria - rivoluzionaria tra passato e futuro - ci ha lasciato in punta di piedi. Il ricordo di uno scrittore. Poche ma incisive parole su una donna che, con idee chiare, ha accompagnato non solo la sua casa editrice, ma tutta l'editoria italiana, nell'intento di cambiare il mondo con i libri

Twenty-two Short, Shorter and Shortest Stories About Women

Known for her great sense of humor, Ciresi mixes the tragic with the comic in many of these stories about women in relationships that are beginning, ending and often static.

The Sentiments of Precious Stones

We sat down with Patrizia Di Carrobio, an international dealer in jewels, diamonds and precious stones, to talk about her latest book—in both English and Italian—in which she shares with readers her passion for jewels with anecdotes and stories from her own life.

Writers, Photographers Fight to Keep Venice Alive and Authentic

The battle against the big ships that overwhelm Venice and its canals with tourists is being fought by politicians and groups of irate citizens. But it is also being fought in photographs and books that celebrate the city and its traditions.

Jazz and the Value of Immigration

Jazz music was born over a hundred years ago in the slums of New Orleans thanks to the melting pot of races, ethnicities, lifestyles, styles of talking that Louisiana’s great port city represented.

Consolidation Work at Pompeii Reveals New Fresco of Priapus

For the ancient Greeks and Romans, the image of Priapus represented the origin of life itself, plus good luck and business success. Now, during consolidation work at Pompeii, archaeologists discovered a fresco painting of Priapus, weighing on a scale his huge phallus against a pile of coins.

Alberto Giacometti: The Core of Life

An insightful look into the Swiss Artist's Italian side on show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Yes, Women Can Play Too!

On the occasion of her performance on June 25 at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, the internationally renowned Italian musician Ada Rovatti tells about her career from the very first steps to her best achievements

Italian Opera Really Is in the Air

A night filled with incredible talent and Italian musical tradition is what will be displayed for “Opera Italiana is in the Air” July 2, under the musical direction of MC Alvise Casellati and supported by the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

A Dream is Starting with BACAS at Castello Macchiaioli!

BACAS is a center for culture, arts and science founded in New York City. The Mission is to encourage and sustain interdisciplinary collaborations between established, mid-career, and emerging artists and scholars from all over the world, and to broaden the dialogue between America and Italy in the less familiar and often overlooked Southern Italy. This July, as BACAS launches at the Castello Macchiaroli, the Vallo di Diano and Cilento open their gentle arms to a whole new world of explorers who, while exploring new territories, discover new parts of themselves.

Canova Storms New York

An insightful excursus on the greatest interpreter of Neoclassicism

Long Live the Italian Language in America's Public Schools

In the 2018-19 school year two Dual Lan-guage Program will take off: one at PS242 in Manhattan (West Harlem) and the other one at PS132 in Williamsburg. This was made possible thanks to the work done by to Moth-ers: Stefaia Puxeddu and Benedetta Scardovi-Mounier. Their efforts have opened a path and created hope for other parents. At an in-stitutional level, their initiative has the full support of the Italian General Consulate in New York and the Italian American Commit-tee on Education