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The Watts Towers in Southern Italy: Connecting California with Irpinia

(20 07 2014) Laura E. Ruberto

Looking for the future of Sabato Rodia’s Watts Towers in the small town of Serino, in the province of Avellino.

Leo Politi, Saint Joseph, and Las Golondrinas

(17 03 2011) Laura E. Ruberto

Children’s literature, the Watts Towers, and Italian-Californian celebrations of Saint Joseph’s Day.

A Tourist Visits Italian in California

(16 11 2010) Joseph Sciorra

In recognition of co-blogger, Laura Ruberto, who intelligently expounds on West Coast iterations of Italian America, I offer my touristic encounter with things Italian in the...

Italian America’s Eureka Moment

(08 10 2010) Laura E. Ruberto

Finding Romano Gabriel’s Wooden Sculpture Garden along the Italy-California border.

La Ruota della Fortuna, Niki de Sainte Phalle's take on an Italian Garden

(18 06 2009) Laura E. Ruberto

Looking at the undercurrents of Italian migrant identity in Niki de Sainte Phalle’s Giardino dei Tarocchi.


(22 02 2009) Laura E. Ruberto

A little diddy about California’s role in the Italian American invention of an ice-resurfacing machine.

The Garden of Earthly Delights in Fresno

(26 05 2008) Joseph Sciorra

A Brief Visit to California’s Subterranean Marvel, Baldassare Forestiere’s “Underground Gardens.”

Holy Land USA, a Religious Vision in Ruins

(01 05 2008) Joseph Sciorra

During the 1960s and 1970s, 40,000 people visited Waterbury, CT annually to pray at Holy Land USA, a Catholic theme park created by John Greco. Now it lies in ruins.

Italian Americana, California Style

(10 04 2008) Laura E. Ruberto

Driving for hours takes us to three California Italian American vernacular sites -- from urban LA to rural NorCal with a stop along the freeway in the Central Valley.

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