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Leonardo da Vinci, 500th anniversary

by Laura Guzzo Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the artist and the enigma  (Italian) Leonardo da Vinci—or just Leonardo, as he is referred to by scholars—is regarded...


The mysterious Castel Del Monte

by Maureen Littlejohn The many theories behind this unusual 13th century monument One of the Middle Ages’ most mysterious monuments can be found in the...

Spectacular Umbria

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Life and People

Jackie Lina Alexander

Name: Jackie Lina Alexander Nickname: Jaxs Occupation: Bartender/studying to be a paralegal Age: 22 Generation: Second Mom’s side from: Fano, Pesaro and Urbino, Le Marche Raised in: Toronto Speaks: English

Lester B. Pearson High School

Lester B. Pearson High School

Home away from home It would be difficult for most Italian-Montrealers to walk through the halls of Lester B. Pearson High School and not spot...

Kristine Centis Jorge

Name: Kristine Centis Jorge Nickname: Krissy, Kris Occupation: Masters student in notarial law Age: 27 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Figueira da Foz, Portugal Mom’s side from: Guglionesi, Campobasso, Molise and Villaorba, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Raised in: Montreal and Laval Speaks: English, French, Italian and Portuguese

Fish Baked in Salt

Ingredients: 1 kg (2.2 lbs) coarse sea salt 1.3 kg (3 lbs) whole white flesh fish, such as sea bass, red snapper or porgy ½ cup (125...
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Domenico Antonio Rosso

Nickname: Mico Occupation: Income Verification Officer Age: 25 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Cantanzaro, Calabria Mom’s side from: Trapani, Sicily Speaks: English, some Italian Raised in: Thornhill

Walk Like a Roman – Navigating the streets of Pompeii

Pompeii has become the lens through which we have come to understand an entire ancient civilization. The city was founded in 600 BC and became a thriving Roman trading post that is said to have served an estimated 20,000 residents with 30 brothels and 130 bars, restaurants and hotels, before it was wiped out in 79 AD after the eruption of neighbouring Mount Vesuvius.

Keeping Friulian Identity Alive in Toronto

Over 100 years have passed since waves of Friulian workers first started to leave their beloved corner of Italy in order to make a new life in Canada. They, alongside Italians from many other parts of the peninsula, worked tirelessly at backbreaking jobs to provide for their families and to lay the foundations (both literally and figuratively) of Canada in the 20th century.


Planning a trip to Italy can be one of the most exciting times, but with so much to see and do it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tried and true travel tips to ensure you get the most out of your Italian adventure.

The Hogg’s Hollow Disaster – 55 years of remembrance

This upcoming March 17 is a day of remembrance in Toronto for the families of Pasquale Allegrezza, Giovanni Battista Carriglio, Giovanni Fusillo, and brothers Alessandro and Guido Mantella. March 17, 2015, marks the 55th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Hogg’s Hollow Disaster, a tragic accident that claimed the lives of five Italian immigrant workers while they were working in a tunnel under the Don River in Toronto’s Hogg’s Hollow neighbourhood. “There’s a real significance to all this,” says Mario Calla, Executive Director of COSTI Immigrant Services, which has played a vital role not only in the continuous commemoration Hogg’s Hollow Disaster, but also in improving the overall situation for immigrant workers in Toronto.