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work fam's first night out #niafnygala #niafgala #niaf #italianpride 🇮🇹🍾

Congratulations to the great @therussobrothers Joe and Anthony on #NIAF Jack Valenti institute Award, National Italian American Foundation honoree... proud to be here...

Tonight's #NIAF NY Gala was a room full of incredible #ItalianAmerican people. But I still think I am the world's luckiest man, cause I got the best of them all to be my future wife. #ItalianPower #NYC 🇮🇹🇺🇸

National Italian American foundation #niaf

#NIAF was proud to support its #NIAFonCampus students for organizing tonight's event with Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio. 🇮🇹🇺🇸@niafitalianamerican @italyinus
#ItalyInUS #WashingtonDC #GWU

Got back to my Italian roots for 2 weeks in Sicily with #niaf for the Voyage of Discovery. Met amazing friends and now I'm a Sicilian historian #takemeback #vod2017

Disaronno and Diamonds 💎 #NIAF #NIAFGala #afterparty


Proud of your Italian heritage? Join the fight to preserve our culture, traditions, and community by joining the National Italian American Foundation and becoming a NIAF Member! Visit our website (link in the bio) for more information.

Tell us your Sunday Dinner stories! Do you have a family member you're proud of? Do you know of an important Italian or Italian American in history?
From the big festivals, to Sunday afternoons spent with la famiglia...here at NIAF, we believe in preserving our culture through the stories of our united community.
Share your #ItalianADay nominations & images with NIAF at facebook@niaf.org or just message us directly on Facebook! We'll feature your stories on our social media. #MakeSundayItalianAgain

Thinking of my Aunt Josie & Aunt Mary

"Without passion, cooking is not worth it. Cook with your heart." Check out our Facebook page to watch a beautiful video by @therecipehunters, as they learn how to make #orecchiette in #Puglia from a generations-old recipe. 🇮🇹🇺🇸🍝


Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was an Italian heiress, patron of the arts, and iconic figure in 20th century Europe. Born Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman, Luisa was born and raised in Milan, raise in a family of Italian and Austrian nobility. When her parents passed away when she was just 17, Luisa and her sister inherited an incredible fortune, making them (supposedly) the richest women in Italy. In 1900, Luisa married Camillo, the Marchese Casati Stampa di Soncino. Luisa became a celebrity because of her famous eccentricities. She was beautiful, extravagant, and sponsored a number of artists and dancers. She was well-known for her fashion, which could include everything from wearing live snakes as her jewelry, to strolling about with a pair of cheetahs on leashes. Because of this, she captivated the attention of Europe’s upper classes, as well as artists and writers, for whom she became a muse.
In 1910, Luisa settled in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal of Venice. From there, she threw elaborate, Gatsby-level parties that would become legendary. She used her extensive wealth to support fashion designers such as Fortuny and Poiret, and kept up an expansive menagerie of exotic animals. She lived her life with intention; in fact, she is known for having stated: “I want to be a living work of art.” However, 20 years later, Luisa had (not surprisingly) amassed $25 million in debt. She spent her later years living a much simpler lifestyle in London, and passed away in 1957. She remains a popular and iconic figure in Italian and European history to this day. [Photo: Marisa Berenson/Vogue.it]

#WordWednesday: Isola (eee-soul-ahh) – Island. This year’s NIAF Region of Honor is the beautiful region (and island) of Sicily!

Did you know that Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea? Sicily and its surrounding islands are also home to some dormant and very active volcanoes, including Mt. Etna, which is the tallest and most active volcano in Europe.
The island has been influenced by many civilizations over the centuries (Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Arab, German, and Spanish – to name a few), and today, Sicilian culture is a colorful combination of all its histories and cultures, making it one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

#Repost @niafitalianamerican
Italian A Day

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is an Italian American actress best known for her role as Tyene Sand in the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. Born in Naples in 1996, Sellers grew up in New York City and Rome. She made her debut in 2004 at the age of 8 on stage in New York. After moving with her family back to Italy, she began appearing in television and film productions, but truly broke out in 2010, when she had a role in the film The Whistleblower with actress Rachel Weisz.
She also was in the Rai2 series “Mia and Me,” and then later appeared in a number of indie films that appeared at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. In 2015, Sellers was cast in the show Game of Thrones, and continues to appear on the show. She is concurrently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, while also running her own charity that encourages Italian teenagers to participate in volunteering. [Photo Credit: Kevin Anthony Carney]

#ItalianADay #NIAF #WeAreNIAF #Italian #ItalianAmerican #Italianheritage #italianculture #italianpride #italianlife #italianstyle #italianboy #italiangirl #italians #italiani #italianfamily #famiglia #GOT #GameofThrones #SandSnakes #popspeeps


Vito “Babe” Parilli (1930-2017) was an accomplished Italian American football player who sadly passed away this past weekend. Born and raised in Rochester, Pennsylvania, Parilli attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he joined the football team. He gained massive popularity here as a quarterback for the Wildcats; he was All-American in 1950-1951, and ranked third and fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. “Babe,” as he was known, is considered to be one of the greatest legends of University of Kentucky athletics history, leading the team to many victories, and was also a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.
Parilli was taken by the Green Bay Packers in the 1952 NFL draft and played for them for two seasons, then later Ottawa Rough Riders in Canada, and the Cleveland Browns. In 1960, Parilli joined the Oakland Raiders, but just a year later was traded to the Boston Patriots. He played for the Patriots for 6 years, and then finally completed his career with the New York Jets. Parilli finished his career with over 22,000 total yards and 200 touchdowns. He was selected for three All-Star Games and was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. After his playing career, Parilli worked as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Denver Broncos, and the Jets. He later became the head coach of the New York Stars and Chicago Winds in the World Football League, and the head coach of 6 other teams in the Arena Football League. He passed away this past Saturday, at the age of 87. [Photo: National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame]

Be a part of a larger Italian community - join the National Italian American Foundation!
Your membership supports future generations of Italian Americans and the preservation of our culture. Details on how to join can be found on our website (link in the bio). 🇮🇹🇺🇸


Ottavio Bottecchia (1894-1927) was an Italian cyclist and – notably – the first Italian winner of the Tour de France bike race. Born as the eighth of nine children to a poor family in San Martino di Colle Umberto (a small community about 40 miles north of Venice), Bottecchia began working at a young age. In fact, he only went to school for one year, before working as a shoemaker, and then later as a bricklayer, in order to help support his family. In World War I, Bottecchia joined the Bersaglieri Corps of the Italian Army, for which he transported messages and supplies across the Austrian front via bicycle. He endured a great deal of hardship during the war, including contracting malaria, experiencing a gas attack, and being captured (and escaping) multiple times. He was awarded a bronze medal for his service. After the end of the First World War, Bottecchia moved briefly to France to work as a builder. He eventually returned to Italy, where he began cycling competitively in 1920.
As a cyclist, Bottecchia was immediately successful. In 1923, he placed fifth in the 11th Giro d’Italia. His success in this race led him to being recruited by the famed French cyclist, Henri Pélissier, to join his French team. He was incredibly successful on this team, winning the first stage of the Tour de France just one year later, in 1924, and wearing the yellow jersey for a long part of the Tour. He won the Tour again in 1925, and became known nationwide in Italy, appearing often in the “Gazetta dello Sport.” Although Mussolini was a big fan of Bottecchia, Bottecchia was an outspoken socialist, and was decidedly anti-fascist and anti-Mussolini. Later, at the height of Mussolini’s power in 1927, Bottecchia died under suspicious circumstances. Although it was deemed to be a bike accident, many still believe that Bottecchia was assassinated for his anti-fascist views. [Photo: Agence de presse Meurisse - Bibliothèque nationale de France]

Happy #NationalIceCreamDay! (we have to admit - we're a little biased towards #gelato)

If you are an American student OR an Italian student interested in studying law and criminology, apply to our Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship Program today!

Details can be found on our website (link in the bio).

#NewYorkBookFestival tomorrow night in NYC. Wish I could be there for #myfathersdaughter

es sind heute auf den tag genau 2 jahre, in denen ich mich immer wieder aufs neue an deinen fürzen erfreue! herzlichen glückwunsch! ❤️❤️ #niaf #liebe #ichfurzeauch


Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617) was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, and cartographer. Born in Padua, Magini studied philosophy at the University of Bologna. He later dedicated himself to studying astronomy and mathematics, which he used together in his works. Magini believed in the geocentric system of the world; that is, he believed that the universe was centered around the Earth, rather than the sun. He described the use of quadrants in surveying and astronomy, as well as devised incredibly accurate trigonometric tables for his time. Magini also contributed to studies on the geometry of the sphere and other woks of trigonometry. Interestingly, he was chosen over Galileo Galilei in 1588 to be the chair of the Mathematics department of the University of Bologna.
As a cartographer, Magini focused most of his life’s work on the Geographic Atlas of Italy, which was printed posthumously in 1620. He also worked as a tutor of mathematics to the sons of Vincenzo I of Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua. While there, he also served as the court astrologer. Magini was also funded by the nobles of Messina and Genoa to create maps. Because of his work in astronomy and astrology, the lunar crater “Maginus” was named after him.

NIAF Members - tomorrow is the last day to purchase your discounted tickets to our NIAF 42nd Anniversary Gala!

Don't miss out on this incredible event, taking place on November 4. Visit our website (link in the bio) for more details!


Mercurino Arborio Marchese di Gattinara (1465-1530) was an Italian statesman, humanist, and conservationist. Born in Gattinara, in modern-day Piemonte, Mercurino served as the legal advisor to Margaret of Austria in the Kingdom of Savoy; he was particularly favored by Margaret, and was one of her most trusted counselors. Later, Mercurino served as the Grand Chancellor for Emperor Charles V of the Spanish Empire, the Holly Roman Empire, and the Habsburg Netherlands. As his Grand Chancellor, Mercurino was the king’s most influential and trusted advisor.
Mercurino often utilized his education and views as a humanist, Roman Catholic, and scholar to assist him in his advising capacities. He often tried to guide Emperor Charles V to hold strong to the Christian humanist concept of the Holy Roman Empire, despite a Europe-wide shift towards the nation state. He also encouraged Charles to push beyond being simply a dynastic monarch, and guided him towards building an empire. In fact, under Charles V, the Spanish Empire reached its territorial height.

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