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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, April 30th, 2016
First of May
1st of May: Italy celebrates International Workers' Day   International Workers' Day: workers at the beginning of the 20th century (Britt Marie Sohlström)   May in Italy begins with a public holiday based on an important anniversary: the Festa dei Lavoratori. Celebrated in more than eighty countries, in Italy, as in the rest of the world, International Workers' Day is an important day created in honor and defense of laborers. This festivity was born with the aim of
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
sicily maiolica
While the true origins of ceramic are oft debated and still unknown, we can say with certainty that the traditional maiolica style of ceramics is a style born in Sicily that is now renowned the world over.   Maiolica decorated stairs in Sciacca, Sicily. Ph. Annabe2008 on flickr (flic.kr/p/8fpxSa)   An Old Tradition Ceramics appeared for the first time in Sicily in the 6th century B.C. At this time ceramic pieces were used for functional reasons and appeared in simple shapes
Friday, April 1st, 2016
april fool's day italy
  An angry... pesce d'Aprile! Ph. flickr/Zelda-Bratan   April Fool's day is known in Italy as pesce d'aprile. No matter the name every culture gives to this day, the purpose of it is common worldwide and a lot of countries celebrate it, including Italy.     Il pesce d'aprile, April Fools'day, is celebrated on April 1st and it is a day during which Italians, too, have the custom of playing practical  jokes on friends and relatives, following the ancient
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
flowers meaning
Flowers are often appreciated in several parts of the world and so are in Italy. Given on birthday, anniversaries, special events, graduations, births or simply on a romantic dinner, there are some suitable for each occasion! However, the message flowers symbolically send may differ from one culture to another so much that, sometimes, misunderstandings can arise.    Whether you have to buy a present or for mere curiosity, here is a list of some of the most famous flowers in Italy and their
Friday, February 12th, 2016
valentine in italy
  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
Friday, February 12th, 2016
perugina
Charlie in the film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" would be stunned by what it is considered one of the most famous chocolate factories in Italy: the casa del cioccolato Perugina, the house of Perugina chocolate.   Baci perugina with aphorism Ph. flickr/Jeanette     If you are a family travelling to Italy this would be an ideal destination in combining your visit to the towns in Umbria with what is one of the greatest passions of children: chocolate.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
pulcinella
  Carnival is the Italian celebration of fancy dressing, fun and tricks, following the famous saying "A carnevale ogni scherzo vale" (At Carnival, every prank goes). Everybody, young and old alike, decides to wear a costume and hide their face behind a mask.   Although it is frequent, nowadays, to dress up as modern celebrities and politicians, Italian culture is famously rich in historical masks that have become real characters reflecting popular and cultural traditions. 
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
carnival food
  In Italy, Carnival is considered a good time to celebrate, have fun and, obviously, eating well. To this day, several typical recipes are linked to and served during Carnival time.   Frappe Known all over the Italian territory, they have acquired several names according to the regional area of production. Chiacchiere, bugie, cenci, guanti are only some of the numerous names referring to this type of deep fried, yet light pastries. In spite of the name differences, the
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
sex and italians
Cultural differences are evident in many areas of a society - lifestyle, values, ways of socializing. Sex and the way it is experienced can also be indicative of these differences.   Differences in the way in which sex is thought of are evident on a national as well as an international scale. So while, of course, it is not possible to say that all Italians think the same way about sex, it is possible to outline some of the generalities about how sex is seen by individuals and in Italian
Sunday, January 10th, 2016
italian masks
  During  Carnival, our traditional masks become protagonists.   Traditional Commedia dell'Arte's masks (Ben Rogers/flickr)   Everyone loves them: tourists, adults, teenagers and children. In fact, wearing Carnival costumes and masks is a tradition truly embraced by all, regardless of their age. In the last few years, Carnival has been more and more about dressing up like celebrities, politicians and cartoon characters, but our very own traditional Italian masks,
Friday, January 8th, 2016
pinocchio
  'Se dici le bugie ti si allunga il naso come a Pinocchio': if you lie, your nose will grow longer, just like Pinocchio's! This is a famous phrase uttered by parents so often and so commonly that every Italian has heard it at least once during their childhood. The famous character was created by Carlo Lorenzini, most commonly known as Carlo Collodi; its story is known everywhere in the country - and abroad - and it is one of the best known and loved Italian fairytales.  
Sunday, December 27th, 2015
italian bread
  Bread is a must on Italian tables. The ‘food of poor people’, as it used to be called: it was widely eaten because it was made with easily obtainable and cheap ingredients, available to all. Moreover, it could be made at home, following local recipes, often rooted in the history and traditions of each area. Today, more than 250 different types of bread are made all over the country, each and every region having its own traditional varieties.    In the Northern part of the country soft wheat
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
la gioconda
La Gioconda: mystery, regret and controversy behind the painting One of the greatest paintings of Italian art is certainly La Gioconda, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.  The painting, better known abroad as "Monna Lisa" ("Monna" is the abbreviation for Madonna and corresponds to the current term "woman") is kept in the museum of the Louvre in Paris. This 77 x 53 cm painting is unsigned, but it is sure the work was painted by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci in
Friday, December 18th, 2015
  Italy is by many considered a very romantic country, where people decide to spend time with their partner. Some Italian towns and cities are truly special for those in love, also because they have been the backdrop to some of the most famous historic, literary and legendary love stories of all times. Whether real or not, every Italian knows the names of these lovers, some of them famous because sang by our poets, others simply because they automatically spring to
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
chrismas italy
  Every culture and country have their own traditions for Christmas. In Italy, there are some interesting things people do during this time of year. Much depends on the region, even the town, and also on the age of the participants. Here are some typical traditions of Italy we love to enjoy in during the Holidays!   Christmas market in Bolzano (by AntonioGravante at depositphotos.com)   Christmas Eve This day is celebrated all over Italy with a cenone,
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
panettone pandoro
  Christmas is just around the corner and, where Italians are concerned, food is one of the main components in the festivities. There are many traditional products eaten by Italians during the Christmas season, and two of the most famous are the pandoro and the panettone.   Pandoro   Pandoro, Italian Christmas Cake Ph. depositphotos/marcomayer Pandoro is a traditional Christmas cake made with flour, butter and eggs, which was originally produced in Verona. Verona is
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
italian christmas cakes
  Christmas is a time for happiness, joy and fun, but also food! Italy has a long culinary tradition and several typical dishes find place on our table this time of the year. Fish, meat, cotechino and zampone are some of our favorite specialties, but cakes and sweets remain queens of the Italian Christmas pantry. The tradition of the dolci di Natale is long and varied: hundreds of types of cakes, cookies and sweets are prepared from North to South, all of them
Friday, December 4th, 2015
presepe
A small forward... The Presepe is truly a piece of Italy's tradition and heritage. As you are about to read, the history of Presepe is well rooted in that of Italy and even those who are not practicing Catholics tend to consider it an integrant part of their Christmas.  It is important to underline it because,  in the past bunch of years,  our beloved Presepe has been under attack. Italy has been developing – not always happily and not always successfully – into a
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
christmas vocabulary italy
If you  have decided to come to Italy around Christmas, there are some words and expressions you absolutely need to know and recognize: from albero di Natale to presepe, our typical decorations for this time of the year, to the names of our best loved seasonal cakes and sweets; from the characters who make our Christmas a real Christmas, to the most typical events of the period, here comes our –almost!– complete Italian Christmas dictionary  to
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
celebrate christmas italy
  Italy turns itself into a fairytale dream at Christmas, where everything has a special role.   Amazing Christmas trees, colorful streets full of lights, Babbi Natale –Santa Clauses– greeting people in squares, nativity scenes and zampognari playing bagpipes,  Christmas markets: all makes the atmosphere magic. Christmas is celebrated everywhere, but there are some places particularly beautiful in this period, which definitely worth a visit. These cities and

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