During this time of social isolation, let us make the best of a difficult situation. Perhaps this can be a period of quiet reflection for you. Or maybe time at home offers freedom to learn a new skill or start an online business. Whatever your interest, the following page entitled “Collezione” (meaning collection in Italian) is a curated list of free resources ranging from Genealogy to Travel to Music – and much more. All for your viewing entertainment and educational enrichment!
Things to do when you are stuck inside:
Recommended by Giovanni Marchetti, listen to audio recordings of native Trentini speakers singing songs from their homeland. Archive maintained by Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina. Click to access.
A virtual tour of our home village of Castelfondo and surrounding area: Castelfondo – Piccola Grande Italia. I’m sure you’ll recognize several familiar sites as well as the surnames of the speakers. Click to access.
A virtual choir of Trentini men singing “Inno al Trentino”, the Province of Trento anthem. Uploaded to YouTube on March 26, 2020. Click to access.
Trentino in Italy – Traditional Poor Man’s Cuisine. Follow two young women as they learn the traditional recipes of their families. In English and Italian with subtitles (easy to follow!). There is even mention of the sausage that my grandfather use to make called “Luganega”. A totally enjoyable program, 26 minutes in length. Click to access.
A short video compiled of still photos of Castelfondo and the surrounging area. Created by Cristina Paternoster. Click to access.
Alta Val di Non, Malga Castrin: Un Incontro di Valori – a short video about the “Malga” or mountain hut located in the upper meadows above Castelfondo. If you are a hiker, you know how wonderful it is to visit a malga during a day trek to partake of the local cuisine, drink a glass of wine and take in the view. A truly excellent way to hike! And yes, the upper meadows with their very happy cows will remind you of “The Sound of Music”. Click to access.
Ötzi: The Frozen Man from the Alps – an informative 20 minute program on YouTube about our most famous Tyrolean ancestor, produced by Biographics. Click to access.
Regional Trentini Communities in the United States:
Horse and Buggy Days: Hazleton, Pennsylvania – a collection of street scenes from Hazleton dating to the beginning of the 20th century. Click to access.
Hazleton’s Dark History – mysterious unsolved crimes from Hazleton’s history. Click to access.
Home video of Hazleton, Pennsylvania from the 1960’s. Click to access.
Rock Springs Mining History – rich history of mining, “home of 56 nationalities”. Click to access.
Virtual Travel Tours:
Take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Click to access.
Explore 10 Haunted Towns in the U.S. Click to access.
Encountering the Inca Outside of Machu Picchu – tour other Inca sites in Peru. Click to access.
The Family History Guide has an entire series called “Explorations” – short video clips featuring highlights from many countries. Click to access.
The 7 Prettiest National Parks You Can Tour Virtually from the Comfort of Your Home. Click to access.
20 Amazing Places You Can Visit Without Leaving Home. Click to access.
Google Earth launches virtual tours of 31 of the world’s most incredible national parks. Click to access.
Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours – from Goodhousekeeping Magazine. Click to access.
101 Ways to Travel Without Leaving Your House by Conde Nast Traveler. Click to access.
Travel the world with National Geographic. Click to access.
100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animal Cams and More – from Travel and Leisure. Click to access.
12 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings are now hosting virtual tours. Click to access.
13 Virtual Train Rides From Around the World. Click to access.
Culture and Entertainment:
Have you ever visited the majestic Louvre Museum in Paris? Here are three videos offering a virtual walking tour through the art and architecture of this grande dame of museums. Click to access.
Watch a virtual performance of 300 artists performing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. So inspiring! Click to access.
Stars in the House – live-streaming daily shows of music, community, performance and education. Click to access.
Fast Company Creative Calendar (what’s new in movies, TV, music and books). Click to access.
The Globe Theater is streaming free performances of Shakespeare. Click to access.
Stream Experimental Films and Video Art. Click to access.
Explore the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – their collection includes many masters including Rembrandt. Click to access.
Download free art books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click to access.
Listen to a free concert by the Berlin Philharmonic. Click to access.
12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch. Click to access.
Listen to a live concert by Philharmonie de Paris. Click to access.
MoMA is offering free online art courses you can take from home. Click to access.
Take a trip to your favorite NYC museums with these virtual tours. Click to access.
Check out these virtual tours of museums from around the world. Click to access.
See the free web series offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click to access.
MyHeritage has an amazing new photo colorization tool that is free to use with unlimited access until April 23 (after that you can still upload 10 images for free without paying a membership fee.) You won’t believe the incredible results! Click to acess.
Ancestry.com has six recorded sessions from RootsTech 2020 now available on their website. Click to access.
RootsTech: Watch Past Sessions of the RootsTech conferences from 2015 through 2020. Click to access.
Watch a free video webinar from BYU Family History Library. Here’s a recent one: Locate Your Ancestors’ Graves Online. Click to access.
Explore an entire section of FamilySearch.org dedicated to Family History Activities: In-Home and online activities designed for the whole family. It’s family history in a whole new way! Click to access.
Spend some time browsing the eight oldest documented family trees! Click to access.
The Virtual Genealogical Association – Free Virtual Entertainment Show – fun YouTube series for genealogists. Subscribe to receive future videos. Click to access.
Elevenses with Lisa – have tea and chat about genealogy with Lisa Louise Cooke, host of Genealogy Gems Podcast. Subscribe to receive future videos. Click to access.
21-Day Free Meditation Experience with Oprah and Deepak Chopra. Click to access.
100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animal Cams and More. Click to access.