Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo), the man who changed the size and shape of the world, was certainly an explorer, an entrepreneur, a scientist and a hero for many, but who was he really?
Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was born in Lucca on December 22, 1858 on the second floor of the historic family home located in Corte San Lorenzo not far from piazza San Michele in Foro. It was there that he was baptized the next day (with a special permit), perhaps because he was thought to be in danger for his life. Giacomo was the sixth of nine children (7 sisters and two brothers) born to Michele Puccini and Albina Magi.
Errico (Errico being the Neapolitan version which was later changed to the Italian version Enrico) Caruso was born in Naples on February 25, 1873 in the house located in Via Santi Giovanni e Paolo, n. 7, in the populated district known as San Giovanniello, located between Piazza Ottocalli and Piazza Carlo III.
We asked one of our customers, who applied through the Italian Consulate in New York City and ultimately was granted Italian citizenship (CONGRATS!), to share her “experience” with us. It all started in 2010...