Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 the Italian government will showcase Italian creativity and culture in the United States. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is strongly committed to developing this initiative in the United States. New facets of Italy in Science and Technology, Language and Literature, Art , Music and Theater, Cinema and Photography, Italian Brands, and Food will be highlighted.
Poster Themes for 2013:
2013 Annual Year Poster ( Now Available Online)
Music & Theater ( Now Available Online)
Science and Technology | Language and Literature
Art | Cinema and Photography | Italian Brand & Design
Next Generation | Italian Territories
Tastes & Flavors of Italy

Friday, February 18, 2011


Italy Flag History

The Italian tricolor was first established during the Napoleonic Wars by French republics in northern Italy , who styled it after the French tricolor. In 1848 the design was adopted by the house of Savoy, which went on to lead the Italian unification. The present flag was adopted in 1946, when Italy became a republic and the royal arms were removed.

The most credible theory suggests that the colors came from the colors of the uniforms of the Civic militia of Milan which were predominantly green with some white. Some red parts were added in 1796 when the Militia became the National Guard. In October of that year, the Lombard Legion was constituted, which adopted a uniform with the same color combination. Orders issued October 9 stated that

"each Cohort will have its National tricolor Lombard standard, differentiated by number, and ornate with the emblems of Liberty".

Napoleon himself described the colors in his message to the "Direttorio" (directorate) dated October 11, 1796 in reference to the constitution of the Lombard Legion

"... the national colors to adopt are the green, the white and the red"

The original standard had the colors displayed vertically with the green at the hoist, representing the very first (known) model of the Italian "Tricolore", although it was only known at the time as a military flag.

The first true (displayed) national flag in which the colors were applied horizontally is the Cispadane Republic flag. This flag was adopted on January 7, 1797 and had the red at the top, the white in the middle, charged with the coat of arms, and the green at the bottom.

On July 17, 1797 the Cispadane and the Transpadane Republics were united into the Cisalpine Republic, which adopted the Tricolore, known today as the official Italian flag.

It is for that reason that the official version generally claims that the Italian flag is modeled after the French Tricolore.

In 1802 the Cisalpine Republic became the Italian Republic and on August 20, 1802 a new flag was adopted. The new design was modeled after the Napoleonic military flags: on a red field a white lozenge under a green rectangle. On March 1805 the republic became a kingdom at which time a golden Napoleonic eagle was added on the flag's green field. The Tricolore, charged with the Savoy shield in the center, became the national flag of the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1848 and of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The State flag and the war ensign also included the Savoy crown.

Finally, on June 19, 1946, the plain Tricolore became the official flag of the Italian Republic. In order to avoid confusion with the Mexican flag at sea, two different coat of arms were added by decree of November 9, 1947, one to the civil and one to the war ensigns.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 - 35th Anniversary of Italian Heritage and Culture Month of New York Celebration

The 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy

Italian Heritage and Culture Month of Committee of New York is commemorating the 150 Anniversary of the Unification of Italy this year. There will be special concerts symposiums and events throughout the year held in New York City.
The Committee has issued an Italy 150 commemorative poster. This poster features listings of all Italy's 20 regions, 100+ provinces and 8,000+ towns and cities.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

34th Anniversary of Italian Heritage and Culture Month Celebration

"A Salute to Italian and Italian American Women
Honoring Dr. Maria Montessori:
An Internationally Renowned Educator and Physician "

Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952)

Maria Montessori is best known for her innovative method of educating children from birth to adolescence. Her philosophy is still in use today in a large number of public as well as private schools throughout the world. The essence of the Montessori method consists of teaching students ways to develop their own skills at a pace they set for themselves.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Italian Heritage & Culture Month Committee of New York, Inc. This Year's Theme: Giuseppe Garibaldi Eroe dei due mondi | Hero of Two Worlds GARIBALDI,
Giuseppe (1807- 82). An Italian patriot and liberator, born at Nice, July 4, 1807. Giuseppe Garibaldi led many of the military campaigns that brought about the formation of a unified Italy. He is called the Hero of the Two Worlds, in tribute to his military expeditions in South America and Europe. More Info ... >>

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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Garibaldi's birth July 21, 2007 10am Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Staten Island A
special stamp cancellation ceremony for the Giuseppe Garibaldi postage stamp conducted by the United States Postal Service. The stamp will be available for purchase at the morning̢۪s cancellation event. Followed by a wine and cheese reception and view Hero of Two Worlds: Monuments to Garibaldi Across the World, a special exhibition created in honor of Garibaldi̢۪s bicentenary.

Giuseppe Garibaldi 200th Birthday Gala Thursday, September 13, 2007 The Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee's Awards Gala will inaugurate the Month's activities.The committee is the authorized representative in America of the Italian National Committee for the Celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Birth of Giuseppe Garibaldi.

September 28th Giuseppe Garibaldi Symposium The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Queens College/CUNY New York, NY

September 29th Giuseppe Garibaldi Treasure Hunt, New York, NY Join Us on a treasure hunt of Garibaldi related sites in Manhattan.
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