RADICI A SUD’s two-­week program is designed to reunite Americans with their Southern Italian heritage, offering participants the opportunity to experience first-­hand an exceptionally rich and vibrant culture from which they are now largely disconnected.Designed with 18 – 26 year-­olds in mind,* the program is far more than a chance to travel in the region. It is a focused effort to teach young people about their heritage and cultivate in them an interest in returning to a relatively overlooked region in future years.

*Family members, including people over the age of 26 and/or who are not of Southern Italian descent, are welcome to participate as well.
If your interest has been piqued, check out the links on the side or visit us at http://www.RADICIASUD.com. A presto!

Despite being born in Rome, Sophia Loren spent much of her young life in Naples and clearly still identifies with her Mezzogiorno roots. In an interview with Barbara Walters, she exclaimed, “I’m not Italian, I’m Neapolitan! It’s another thing!” Some of her most acclaimed roles feature her playing  ”salt of the earth” types, similar to the personalities found in Italy’s southern regions. It’s alleged that Vittorio De Sica gave her a role because of her Neapolitan roots. They both knew the dialect and De Sica later remembered her for this, giving her one of her first major roles. For a full list of her films, click here. To read more about her life, click here.

Despite being born in Rome, Sophia Loren spent much of her young life in Naples and clearly still identifies with her Mezzogiorno roots. In an interview with Barbara Walters, she exclaimed, “I’m not Italian, I’m Neapolitan! It’s another thing!” Some of her most acclaimed roles feature her playing  ”salt of the earth” types, similar to the personalities found in Italy’s southern regions. It’s alleged that Vittorio De Sica gave her a role because of her Neapolitan roots. They both knew the dialect and De Sica later remembered her for this, giving her one of her first major roles. For a full list of her films, click here. To read more about her life, click here.

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