Anna De Filippo

Anna De Filippo: writer. Anna is from Caserta, in the South of Italy.
She graduated in translation and languages. She speaks fluent English and Spanish and a bit of French and Indonesian. She has a great passion for English language and she has fostered it through writing articles, translating and teaching English. She likes travelling and getting in touch with foreign cultures. She decided to join Lifeintaly in order to let other people understand some aspects of Italian culture and life.

Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Settembre al Borgo Caserta
  Caserta Vecchia, the historical and ancient part of the town Caserta, becomes theatre of an amazing event in September entitled Settembre al Borgo.   Caserta Vecchia, a medieval village in Campania   Settembre al Borgo is an event based on music, theatre, dancing, art and culture that takes place every year, usually during the first week of September. The tower, the Annunziata Church, the Duomo, the Cathedral and the Vescovado square become an enchanting scenario
Friday, August 28th, 2015
foreign food italy
   Italy, Italians and foreign food   When it comes to food, Italians are proud of their roots. They would unlikely renounce to their typical dishes and favor them above all other types of food. Even when they are abroad, many Italians like to head to Italian restaurants even if, most times, these prove to be rather disappointing. Yet, the belief Italian food is healthier and better than any other, will bring them to repeat the same mistake over and over.
Friday, August 14th, 2015
Fantozzi: The Comic Symbol of the Italian Everyman If you go to Italy, you will sometimes hear people saying "Fare una fantozzata" or "Sei un Fantozzi". The term fantozzata is a neologism, included in many dictionaries, that is used by Italians to describe particular types of behavior inspired by Fantozzi. And who, exactly, is Fantozzi? He is the literary and comedic character created and played by Italian actor Paolo Villaggio.   Fantozzi drives his Bianchina, in the first Fantozzi
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
paolo villaggio
Paolo Villaggio is an Italian actor who became famous especially thanks to his portrayal of the unfortunate and pathetic Fantozzi.  Villaggio has been protagonist of more than 80 films, an amazing career for which he received, in 1992, the Leone D'Oro alla carriera and the Festival del Cinema di Venezia.  Villaggio is truly a complete artist: he is also a writer, a playwright, a showman,  a cabaret performer and a film director.   A recent photo of Paolo Villaggio
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Alberto Sordi
  Alberto Sordi in "Un giorno in pretura"   "Maccarone, m'hai provocato e io ti distruggo adesso, maccarone! Io me te magno, ahmm!". (Said in a Roman accent: "Pasta, you provoked me and I’ll destroy you now, pasta! I'm going to eat you, ahmm!")   When faced with a plate of pasta, many Italians would say or think of this sentence, first uttered by Alberto Sordi in the film Un Americano a Roma. It is one of the most famous lines in Italian popular consciousness, along
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
  Antonio De Curtis, or Totò as he is better known, is not well known outside of Italy, but in his home country is one of the most famous comedians in the history of television and film. Not surprisingly, Italians refer to Totò as the Prince of Laughter. Born in Naples in February 1898, Totò would become a celebrated actor, writer, singer and songwriter, for a long time neglected by critics, some of whom are only now reevaluating what was once largely considered meaningless humor.
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
italian beaches
Life on Italian beaches: some basics you should know   The seaside is a favorite destination for all those choosing Italy for a summer vacation. Beaches during the summer can get overcrowded, but remain pretty organized, so that people can enjoy some deserved relax.  There are several types of beaches in Italy: sandy beaches, rocky beaches, gravel beaches and cliffs. Some are free, while others require the tourist to pay an entry fee, as they are managed by bathing
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
giovanni falcone
  Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino   Not many people have the courage to stand up for their ideals and fight for the better interests of society, but Giovanni Falcone, along with his friend Paolo Borsellino, is certainly one who has. Born in Palermo in May of 1939, Falcone would go on to graduate with a law degree from the University of Palermo and become an Italian magistrate seen as a hero in the Italian fight against the mafia. Due to his drive and actions, Falcone will
Monday, July 20th, 2015
trentino alto adige summer
  The breathtaking Alpine landscapes of Trentino Alto-Adige (   Summer is often associated with the sea, however Italy offers many other destinations for those who are not too keen on spending their entire vacation on a beach sunbathing.  The variety of the Italian landscape truly is a godsend and the Alps certainly represent one of Italy's favored destinations. Trentino Alto Adige is situated in the
Friday, July 17th, 2015
nightlife italy summer
Edited and updated by Francesca Bezzone   Romanticism, art, the sea, amazing food: these are only a bunch of the reason that, each year, bring people to choose Italy for their Summer vacations. If the country is universally known for its artistic appeal and for being a favored destination for couples in need of some loved-up time, Italy is also an amazing place if you love partying. Needless to say, Rome, Milan, Turin and, in general, all larger cities home to a university campus (yes... bring
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
lino banfi
Lino Banfi. Ph. PM - Il Piccolo Missionario on wikimedia   Talk to an Italian about the renowned commedia sexy all'italiana, the Italian sexy slapstick style comedy, and you will likely find out the first name coming to their mind is Lino Banfi. Banfi, who is closely associated with Edwige Fenech, has successfully acted in many movies of this celebrated genre.   Lino Banfi, the pseudonym of Pasquale Zagari, is a famous Italian actor and TV presenter. He was born in
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Massimo Troisi   "Comm'aggio accuminciato? Ecco... io ero 'nu guaglione... ero andato a vedere un grande film. Si trattava di Roma città aperta, chillo grande lavoro di Rossellini. Me n'ero uscito da o'cinema con tutte quelle immagini dint'a capa e tutte quante le emozioni dentro. Mi sono fermato 'nu mumento e m'aggio ditto... "Massimo, da grande tu devi fà 'o geometra".   Massimo Troisi, the famous Italian actor and screenplay writer, recalls watching the Rossellini
Saturday, July 11th, 2015
  Festivalbar is a music festival that used to be hosted every summer (from 1964 to 2007) in some of the most beautiful locations of the country and was broadcast every week on primetime tv. Maybe the use of the past simple "was" would be more appropriate while talking about it, as Festivalbar no longer takes place; nevertheless, the present simple "is"  is emblematic of the sense of nostalgia many feels for the event. Who doesn't know Festivalbar can't really understand what it
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
summer italian food
  When talking about Italy, one of the first thought that comes into people's mind is certainly food, our best export.   Lasagne, pizza and other delicious, but rather heavy, foods are the best liked and requested italian dishes abroad. However, they are not what Italians would choose during the summer, when something lighter and fresher is preferable. Many Italians spend their vacations near the sea or the lakes, so the summer brings an increase in fish-based dishes like
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
father's day in italy
The lyrics of an Italian song  play a motif celebrating the mum: Viva la mamma (Hurrah for the mother)! Always present in texts, poems and Italians' days who are often defined as 'mammoni', mamma's boys, she certainly plays a key role in everyone's life. However, dads is also appreciated and there is no better occasion than the Father's day.   This day is celebrated all over the world but the dates of this anniversary change according to the country even if the aim of
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
  Il Galateo: Proper Manners in Italy   English speakers call them good manners, the French use the term bon ton, while Italians refer to it as galateo. Despite the differences in terminology, all of these terms refer to the same thing: the correct behavior one must exhibit in any given situation.   Good manners at the table   Italians love food and, in Italy, the galateo should always be followed when eating. There are some basic rules when it
Friday, February 6th, 2015
  Italy is famous for its romantic towns, which have often been the setting for unforgettable cinematic love scenes. There are several ways to have a great time with your partner for Valentine's day in Italy: la festa degli innamorati, the day of lovers, is usually celebrated by going to the restaurant for a nice dinner. Sweethearts usually give each other gifts, flowers and chocolates in heart-shaped boxes. Imagine how beautiful it would be to do all this in Italy, in some of the most
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
festival sanremo
     Music is very important for Italians, because singing is part of our own history and tradition. Traditional Italian music has had, since the 1950s, a most prestigious appointment followed by the entire country: the Festival di Sanremo.    The Festival di Sanremo is also known as Il Festival della Canzone Italiana, the festival of Italian music. It takes place at the famous theatre Ariston in Sanremo where, for a week, famous -and less so- Italian singers
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
 Agrigento is Nuts about Almonds   Agrigento's Valle dei Templi Ph. depositphotos/foottoo     Agrigento is certainly famous for the production of its  cannoli siciliani, cassate and other local foods, but there is  another thing this area is known for: almonds. More than the fruit itself, Agrigento is renowned for the festivals celebrated in its honor, a true touristic attraction. Two events are of particular interest: the Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore and
Friday, January 9th, 2015
italian stereotypes
  An old saying maintains that Italians are a nation of poets, sailors and lovers: well, there is nothing quite as stereotyped as that, yet, even in this, one finds a grain of truth. Italy did give birth to some of the most influential literary and artistic movements: think of Dante and Guido Cavalcanti's Dolce Stil Novo, which set literary standards in Europe for the whole of the Middle Ages, not to speak of the Renaissance, the cultural and artistic influence of which we