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‘We shall not stay long’

During the 19th century people left Switzerland’s Italian-speaking canton of Ticino for a better life abroad. Large numbers went to Australia, the United States and Britain.

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Land of emigranti

Aunt Adelina's gnocchi Making gnocchi from an emigrant's cookbook

When Adelina Tognola moved to California at the beginning of the 20th century, she took a cookbook along with her which included recipes from her ...

Risotto Dötra A classic with a masterly touch

Chef Claudio Caccia has spent most of his adult life living and working abroad, but hasn't forgotten his culinary roots. (

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Journey into the unknown

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New world

Home sweet home Portraits of Ticino emigrants to the US

Tens of thousands of people left canton Ticino at the turn of the 20th century for a better life in the United States. 

American dream From Switzerland to the White House via California

Larry Stornetta, the great-grandson of a Ticino immigrant, is still on a high after being fêted at the White House. Land that belonged to his ...

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Your images - Old World

Your pictures from Ticino and the Italian-speaking valleys of Graubünden. Send us your photos to

Your images - New World

Pictures from the United States, Australia and... If you have any pictures you would like to see here relating to the life of your Swiss-Italian ...

Visiting the island of hope and tears

Ellis Island brings back to life the immigrant experience. Over 12 million immigrants entered the United States through the Ellis Island ...

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