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The Italian Presepe: A Christmas Tradition
"T piac o' presep" were famous words uttered by Neapolitan Eduardo DeFilippo, an Italian actor and director, in the drama "Natale in casa Cupiello". In English they mean, “Do you like the Holy Nativity?” The presepe, or Holy Nativity, was central to the development of the plot, as one of the play's main characters aimed at creating a perfect one for Christmas.
The play is just one example of the importance of the presepe in Italian Christmas celebrations: the presepe is, indeed, one of the most traditional symbols of the season, its...
Ponza is one of the largest islands located at a distance of 33 kms towards the South of Cape Circeo along the Tyrrhenian Sea. This archipelago of islands across the Latina province has an area of 7.5 sq. km with around 3500 inhabitants residing on this large island of Ponza. Due to the greater number of tourists visiting here every year, this place is more populated during the holiday season.
It is really a delight to visit the Abbey of Monte Cassino to admire some of its beautiful architecture splendor and remember its history. The Abbey was founded by St. Benedict and built over the site of the Apollo pagan temple where the sculpture of Apollo was destroyed along with the altar. Due to its significant location, this place has always been a target of...
How to cook pasta : Pasta and pizza are the iconic Italian foods. You all probably have heard of spaghetti alla Bolognese, the most know preparation of pasta in the world. That is just one of the endless possibilities you have to garnish your pasta.
I don’t have to tell you why pasta is good for your health. Nor why any kind of food, if consumed in excessive quantities, is not good for your...