And the Oscar goes to…

“The great beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino

“Finisce sempre così. Con la morte. Prima, però, c’è stata la vita, nascosta sotto il bla bla bla bla bla. È tutto sedimentato sotto il chiacchiericcio e il rumore. Il silenzio e il sentimento. L’emozione e la paura. Gli sparuti incostanti sprazzi di bellezza. E poi lo squallore disgraziato e l’uomo miserabile. Tutto sepolto dalla coperta dell’imbarazzo dello stare al mondo. Bla. Bla. Bla. Bla. Altrove, c’è l’altrove. Io non mi occupo dell’altrove.”

“This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life. Hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah. It is all settled beneath the chatter and the noise. Silence and sentiment. Emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in the world. Blah, blah, blah. Beyond there is what lies beyond. I don’t deal with what lies beyond.”

“Visually stunning Italian drama “The Great Beauty” won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, capping its successful awards season run in the United States and Europe”, from Reuter
“The Glory of Rome, the Sweetness of Life”, from the NYTimes.

Alla scoperta della Sicilia

Adesso sono i ragazzi che fanno la pasta!

Adesso sono i ragazzi che fanno la pasta!

Una bella tavolata!

Una bella tavolata!

Al mercato di Palermo

Al mercato di Palermo



I mosaici di piazza Armerina

I mosaici di Piazza Armerina

Il teatro greco di Taormina

Il teatro greco di Taormina

Un viaggio come una festa

Un viaggio come una festa

Abbiamo preso un fulmine, ma almeno siamo arrivati in Sicilia!

Le case vecchie, il cuore della Sicilia


Le sculture magnifiche di Serpotta.

Chiesa della Martorana a Palermo


Arcobaleno sul paesaggio siciliano

Le zeppole!!


A tavola!


Il mare a Taormina


Il professore del formaggio a Siracusa

Ecco alcune foto del viaggio in Sicilia con il professor Pietro Frassica degli studenti del corso ITA 309 – gennaio 2014.

Si ringraziano Natalie Berkman e Daisy Lopez per le splendide fotografie.

Welcome to the DarkSide

Project aims to find particles of dark matter
In a laboratory under a mountain 80 miles east of Rome this fall, a Princeton-led international team switched on a new experiment aimed at finding a mysterious substance that makes up a quarter of the universe but has never been seen. From the Princeton University website
Please click here for more information on the Gran Sasso-Princeton Physics Summer School.

Italian Futurists come to New York

“The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance.” (from the Guggenheim Museum website)
February 21–September 1, 2014 (Guggenheim Museum)
Click here and here for more infos.
Fortunato Depero, Motociclista, solido in velocità (Biker solid at speed), 1923. Photo: 2013 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome

Fortunato Depero, Motociclista, solido in velocità (Biker solid at speed), 1923. Photo: 2013 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome


Here are some that I found surfing the web:
1. Why do you think Mozart composed most of his operas in Italian rather than in German?
2. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) the most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
3. Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S.
4. If you like arts, music, design, architecture, opera, food, etc. this is the reference language. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment
5. The Italian language is the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages.
6. Italian developed from Latin and an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. Knowing Italian may help improve your scores in English.
7. No need of subtitles to see Fellini’s, Visconti’s and Pasolini’s movies!
8. A recent study showed that enrollment in Italian language classes at U.S. high schools and colleges is growing 15 to 20% faster than enrollment rates for Spanish, German and French.
9. Italian is recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages on the planet
10. Italian has the highest number of words for describing food!
Students, what are your reasons?

2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States

ANICA and AIE, with the support of the Ministry for Economic Development, bring “Words on Screen – New Italian Literature into Film” to New York, to promote Italian film production and publishing industries. The guests of the initiative include director Salvatore Mereu and writers Nicolai Lilin and Simone Lenzi
June 3 – 4, 2013, New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò

Please click here for a list of events for 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States