Italian Music Highlight: Fedez

This week we are highlighting Italian rapper/Pop star Federico Leonardo Lucia, better known by his stage name Fedez. Lucia grew up near Milan studied music at his liceo but ended up abandoning his studies during his fourth year. In 2011, he recorded his first self-produced album Penisola che non c'è  in which he addresses many social and political issues. Later … Continue reading Italian Music Highlight: Fedez

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Schiacciata all’uva (Grape Focaccia)

Traditionally, September marks the beginning of the Tuscan Vendemmia-- the grape harvest. Tourists come from all over the world to partake in the many festivals and wine tastings in the region. For those of us too busy attending university lectures and studying, this delicious focaccia bread is a perfect way to celebrate the harvest by adding a … Continue reading Schiacciata all’uva (Grape Focaccia)

Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples’ Organized Crime System

One thing that many students-- and American people in general-- seem to be curious about are the notorious Mafias in Italy. In one of my Italian classes last semester, I can remember a couple of classes during which the day's lessons were almost abandoned in exchange for an engrossing lecture on mafias and crime. Now, … Continue reading Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples’ Organized Crime System

Italian Music Highlight: Annalisa

This week, we're honoring Italian singer-songwriter Annalisa! After participating in two bands (Elaphe Guttata and leNoire), she has gained popularity as a solo artist in recent years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZGGmO9dXxs Born in Savona, Italy, Annalisa Scarrone began studying music at a young age with classical guitar and flute. Even at the young age of thirteen, she worked … Continue reading Italian Music Highlight: Annalisa