Category Archives: Calabria

Announcing A New Blog About Calabria & The Mezzogiorno

Last year I wrote a post about visiting part of Calabria, in which I touched on some Calabrese history, culture, travel, and a little family/immigration history. The subject has continued to interest me, to the point that I have decided … Continue reading

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All Aboard The Train To Sicily

You’re looking at the upper deck – not sure if that’s a correct maritime term – of the ferry that shuttles between Reggio di Calabria, on the tippy toe of the Italian peninsula, to Messina in Sicily. It’s a fairly … Continue reading

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In Bruttium: Adventures in Calabria

When I was a kid I used to listen to my parents’ Bill Cosby LP, I Started Out As A Child. Wore the grooves out on that damned record. There was one hilarious bit about the Lone Ranger, and another … Continue reading

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Back from Italy, and I Brought Italian Citizenship With Me

Of all the souvenirs I might have brought home with me from my trip to Italy, nothing could possibly top what I snagged in one tiny Calabrian backwater village: My Italian birth certificate. That’s right: I’m now recognized as an … Continue reading

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Italian Citizenship Update: Still Waiting on that Birth Certificate…

As I mentioned back in February, my mother was recognized as an Italian citizen living abroad, through her ancestry. She applied at her local Consulate in Chicago, through her grandfather, an immigrant from tiny Marano Principato in Calabria. At the … Continue reading

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One Step Closer to Becoming an Italian

On February 8 of this year, my mother received an email from the Italian Consulate in Chicago, saying, “Good Afternoon Mrs. Tenuta [her maiden name], the process to be recognized the Italian citizenship for you and for your sister has … Continue reading

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