Italian-American Culture

The place of Italy in civilization is best shown by trying to subtract that place from world history. Take away her scientific accomplishments, her statesmanship, her leadership of the world for many years and what do you have left? The world looks badly decapitated. You can subtract Italian culture from civilization only by destroying that civilization.
~ Nicholas Bulter, 1862-1947

Exciting things are transpiring in New York State OSIA. The vast number of supporting activities held and scheduled for Italian heritage and culture has been overwhelming. Our people continue to exude a true sense of pride in maintaining their connection to their Italian heritage, culture and language. This is no small measure, as the demands and pressures of life, family, business and well-being surround us and require our attention.  We are pleased to provide a list of resources to enhance your pursuit of “things Italian.


Sons of Italy Links
Sons of Italy National Site
Garibaldi Meucci Museum

Cultural Links
Italian Cultural Institute
International E-Corner: Italy
Italia Mia

Internet Links
Italian Search Engine – Yahoo Italia
Italian E-Greetings
Ellis Island Records
Learn Italian Online

Italian Newspapers Links
Corriere della Sera
La Repubblica
La Stampa

Italian Government Links
Governo Italiano - Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri
Presidenza della Repubblica
Consulate General of Italy in New York

Giuseppe Taormina
Lyrics to Italian Music
Lyrics to Italian Folk Music

SUNY Stony Brook -Center for Italian Studies
New York University -Department of Italian Studies
Queens College -John D. Calandra Institute
Columbia University -Department of Italian

ACCOMODATION: Farmhouses in Italy Farmhouses in Tuscany-Florence Buy/Rent a House in Italy Camping in Italy

BUSINESS SITES Euro Converter Tax Free VAT Information Italian Trade Commission

ENTERTAINMENT: Arena di Verona Carnival of Venice Biennale of Venice Parks of Italy Ravello Classical Music Festival Ravenna Festival La Scala Milano Opera Florence Opera Worldwide

MUSEUMS: Vatican Museum Museums of Italy Museums of Italy Uffizi Gallery-Florence Tower of Pisa Venice Museums/Transportation Card

REFERENCE SITES: White Pages of Italy Yellow Pages of Italy

SPECIFIC CITIES/REGIONS: Rome Sicily Tuscany Tuscany Promotion Florence Florence/Mugello Milan Naples Positano Capri Amalfi Coast Lake Como Lake Maggiore Lake Garda Lake d’Iseo Dolomites Umbria Winter Olympics 2006 Taormina Palermo Cinque Terre

TRANSPORTATION: Water Bus in Venice Public Transportation in Rome Bus Information for many Regions The Italian Highways Ferry Information and Schedules Bus Information Tuscany and around Italian Rail Official Web Site Shuttle Train Malpensa Airport, Milan

INTERNATIONAL WEBSITES: Italian Consulate New York Italian Embassy in Washington, DC Italian Government Tourist Board


The etymology of the word HERITAGE is Middle English from Middle French, heriter to inherit, from Late Latin hereditare, from Latin hered-, heres heir and is defined as a: property that descends to an heir; b: something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor; and c: something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth.

The etymology of the word CULTURE is from the Latin, cultura, and is defined as a: the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon man’s capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations; b: the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; and, c: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes a social group.

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