October is Italian Heritage Month

Here are Ann and Gina to help us celebrate!


National Italian American Heritage Month

Celebrate the many achievements and successes of Italian Americans

Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans of Italian descent as well as Italians in America.
Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group. The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci. One way to celebrate Italian American heritage is with The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Italian History and Culture, which includes the accomplishments and successes of many Italian Americans.


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The Italian – Sicilian – American Page

October is Italian Heritage Month

Today we celebrate Carlo Lorenzini, better known under the pen name of Carlo Collodi and even better known for his creation of one of the most beloved children’s character, Pinocchio. Born in Tuscany in 1826, Collodi was a journalist by profession and picked up the pseudo name Collodi after the Tuscan village where he was born. He started writing short children stories that were featured in an Italian newspaper and one of the stories he wrote, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” was a surprisingly huge success among readers. The story became a book in 1883 and was published in English in 1892. In 1940 Walt Disney took Collodi’s book and made it into a movie. Collodi died in 1890.

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Cars, fashion, wine and much more…one thing’s for sure, if it was designed in Italy chances are it’ll be top of the class


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Federico Fellini, the movie director, once said that “language is culture and culture is the language,” and nowhere is this more true than in Italy. There was a time when speaking Italian was considered a crime, but nowadays many Italian Americans are learning Italian to discover more about their family heritage. Looking for ways to identify, understand, and bond with their family’s ethnic background, they getting in touch with their family heritage by learning their ancestors’ native language.


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Bel Canto, Bella Lingua
The term bel canto, “beautiful singing,” has probably meant different things at different periods in music history, but its origins are shrouded in the past. Learn Italian With Your Children
It’s never too early to learn a foreign language, whether it’s nursery rhymes, counting exercises, or children’s songs.
History of the Italian Language
From a local Tuscan dialect to the language of a new nation.


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 That’s Italian!

An Italian American Dinner Party
Here is a menu that will remind you of those delicious dinners at grandmother’s house while growing up, complete with stracciatella, lasagna, and torta di ricotta.

Italian Genealogical Resources

How to find Italian records, research outlines, look up volunteers, articles, mailing lists, surnames, online databases, and Italian genealogy organizations and societies.

Everything You Need to Make an Authentic Italian Meal

Never cooked Italian? Here’s how to organize an authentic Italian meal, what ingredients you’ll need, recipes and even suggestions for kitchenware. Buon appetito!

Christopher Columbus

The navigator discovered the North American West Indies in 1942.

Family Crafts for Columbus Day

Crafts, games, and other activities to mark the Christopher Columbus celebration.

Italian Genealogy

Learn how to find Italian records, get free research tutorials and outlines for Italy, search free Italian genealogy databases, and earn about Italian naming patterns.

Italian Language Quiz

Ever wonder what “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” might look like if there were only Italian language questions? “Vuoi diventare miliardario?” Take the quiz and find out how you would do (there are no prizes, the L. amounts only indicate difficulty).

Italian Recipe Database

With recipes for antipasti, soups, pasta, main courses, and desserts.

Italian Wine and Wineries

A beginner’s guide to Italian wines.

Italy For Romantics

The best places in Italy’s for honeymoons, destination weddings, and romantic getaways.

Marconi: Grandfather of Wireless

History of the Italian scientist who discovered the radio.

16 thoughts on “October is Italian Heritage Month”

  1. Today is Lydka’s birthday!!!
    🎇HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYDKA!!!! 👑🎉🌋🌈☀💐❤👏
    Love, Lynn!!


    Gina and Ann, this is a wonderful article. The photos are gorgeous! The recipes will be fun to explore. Beautiful post! Thank you!

  3. I have learned more geography and history since following il volo, than I ever learned in school! Thanks for the pics and information! By now you’ve probably discovered the date is 1492, not 1942!! Our local grocery chain store is advertising “authentic Italian food coices”…seems as if the whole state of Texas is becoming aware of the wonders of Italians! , We have a new Italian restaurant. ..they are not a chain, and are real Italians! The Nonno lives with them and helps at the restaurant! Very nice people! Grazie, I may get brave and try some new recipes!! Il volo forever!! Dot….in Gonzales, Texas!!

  4. I love Italian food but have not cooked it often. Now is the time I should try. Thanks for the heads up. Joanie G

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYDKA and anyone that is having one this month. Being busy with family,work and other things that life throws at you I had forgotten what a joy it is in learning and listening to music. Again i thank Il Volo for helping me to get back to that part of my life.

    1. Gina, very interesting and informative article, thank you for it and your wish. 🙂 All people, who were born in October from this site, sincerely wish all the best , especially good health and fulfillment of secret desires and dreams. 🙂

  6. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not planning a trip to Italy TOO soon. I took the Italian Language Quiz and better not have to rely on my Italian language skills any time in the near future. 🙂 I am amazed on how much I actually did know just from having followed the guys for the past 6 years!

  7. Happy Birthday, Lydka!! I see Marin playing, so he is Ok. Good news.
    Ann & Gina – these pictures of the alps and countryside are gorgeous and the information is so interesting. I am learning alot about Italian culture. I already know some about the FOOD! but am still learning. Thank you

    1. Linda,thank you for your wish. 🙂 Yes, Marin played tournaments in Tokyo, Shenzhen and Shanghai and now will defend the title in Moscow. now will defend the title in Moscow. I wish you beautiful days. 🙂

  8. I enjoyed the presentation about Italy very much. I was just thinking, I would love to go on line and see if I could find some material about Italy and Sicily. I think my mother’s ancestry is Italian. Maybe now I can learn if it is so. Best wishes for all of you who leave messages.
    In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…

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