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Did you ever wonder why the winner of Giro d’Italia wears a pink jersey?

Giro d’Italia is Italy’s premier cycling race which began in 1909. The winner is awarded la maglia rosa (pink jersey). Pink is the color of...

Joe Venuti ‘the wild fiddler from Philly’ was an Italian American

Giusepppe Venuti was born Sept. 16, 1903, in Philadelphia. Joe was known throughout his life as being a jokester and using hyperbole to explain his...

First mixed-race Baseball Hall of Famer was Roy ‘Campy’ Campanella

Did you know that the first mixed race baseball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was an Italian American? Roy “Campy” Campanella...

Some titles may be unfamiliar, but you may know the tunes

The first music festival (musica leggera) for popular music took place in Italy in the city of San Remo. The war had ended a few...

Understanding the promotions and relegations of Italian soccer

Did you know that Italian soccer teams are promoted and relegated each year based on their record? One of the oldest “football” clubs in Italy...

Italian family businesses give rise to iconic global brands

The list of Italian family-business success stories includes such names as illy, Piaggo, Ferrero, Benetton and many others. Today we look closer at two iconic...

Quiet, boys and girls – second-grade language class is now in session

Did you know that Italian has homonyms just like in English? Many of you have probably forgotten by now the definition of a homonym. I...

This Italian musical prodigy made history time after time

Did you know that the first female conductor of La Scala was an Italian? Speranza Scappucci was born on April 9, 1973. The Italian conductor...

Three women are breaking more than the sound barriers in Italy

Who is AstroSam? Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, popularly known as AstroSam, will soon become the first European woman to command the International Space Station (ISS),...

Librettist for Mozart became the New World’s first Italian professor

Lorenzo Da Ponte was born Emanuele Conegliano in Vittorio Veneto in 1749. He was born a Jew but his father who was a widow remarried...

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