“The stillness reminds us that life is lived in the moment. We spend so much time on what is next that sometimes we miss what is now. ” (K, Hall)
“You’ll never see all the awesome things ahead of you, if you keep looking at all the things behind you. Sometimes you just have to turn around, give a little smile, throw a match and burn that bridge. Live, Learn and don’t look back!” (Unkown)
Join us in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 2015, for what is sure to be another very special night of Italian American pride at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
The NIAF Anniversary Gala is part of a three-day celebration (October 15-18) in the nation’s capital that includes other special receptions, events and Expo Italiana. NIAF’s Anniversary Gala Weekend is the largest event of its kind to gather together prominent Italians and Italian Americans to celebrate our wonderful heritage. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming months!
Celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday with Joe Piscopo and Friends!
You won’t want to miss NIAF’s musical celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday, starring Joe Piscopo and guest stars, with a special appearance by Il Volo, joining in on an all-Sinatra songfest evening! Dancing! Sing-alongs! Open bar with custom Italian cocktails! Live and silent auctions! Music late into the night! Doors open at 9:00 p.m.
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Places to Go on the Coast of Italy
Martha Bakerjian – Italy Travel Expert
Italian Riviera: Cinque Terre, Portofino, and the Northwest Coast
Although the Cinque Terre and Portofino are the most well-known towns on the Italian Riviera, there are many good places to go on the coast of Liguria, the narrow region between France and Tuscany.
The Amalfi Coast is one Italy’s most scenic stretches of coastline and one of the top places to go in Southern Italy. Picturesque towns are built into the cliffs that rise up from the sea. From the Amalfi Coast you can also visit the island of Capri.
The Gulf of La Spezia, between the Cinque Terre and Tuscany, is called the Gulf of Poets because of its attraction to some of the world’s most celebrated poets including Shelley and Lord Byron. Two of the top towns to visit in this area are Portovenere and Lerici, shown in the photo.
Rimini, on the east coast, is known for its miles of sandy beaches and also for its nightlife. Beach resort towns spread out from Rimini in both directions, too. Rimini was the hometown of film producer Federico Fellini and some of his films were set in town. The historic center holds several places of interest as well.
Viareggio was the first beach resort town in Tuscany and is known for its long stretch of nice beaches. It’s also known for its Liberty style architecture, summer nightlife, and its big carnival parades with huge allegorical floats.
Maratea: Beautiful Wild Coastline
South of the Amalfi Coast, the Maratea Coast of Basilicata is less developed and sees fewer tourists, especially outside summer season. It’s a wilder stretch of coast with mountains and forest stretching to the rocky coastline, and a good place to find off-season hotel bargains.
Bari: Seaside Promenade and Saint Nicolas
Bari, one of the largest cities in Puglia, has an interesting medieval center where you’ll sometimes
see homemade orecchiette pasta drying on racks outside tiny houses. Its most popular sight is the Church of Saint Nicolas, the saint commonly associated with Christmas.
Alghero: Catalan Flavor on the Coast of Sardinia
Alghero, on the island of Sardinia, is a pretty town whose Catalan heritage is still reflected in its food, architecture, and language. It has a seaside promenade with a small harbor, beaches, and a picturesque historic center with many shops selling coral.
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