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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, January 30th, 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,
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
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
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
visit italy winter
  O sole mio is a Neapolitan song that makes us all think of Summer, when the sun shines everywhere. A lot of people think about Italy as a place to visit during the hot season, but the country is really more of a four-season destination.  Climate and weather change according to the geographical area you go, yet you will find something interesting to do whichever destination you choose.   Verona in in the Winter Ph. depositphotos/catalby   The weather
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
social rituals brindisi
If you are in Italy and you want to enjoy your holidays in a truly Italian style, you should become acquainted with some habits, typical of when we Italians sit to eat and drink together, that may come handy especially if you are planning to spend time with the locals. As everyone knows, we are very fond of words... We like talking and we do so, in set phrases, also before starting a meal or a friendly drinking session: as a consequence, you  should never forget these expressions, which are a
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
italian food museums
Food is an important part of Italian culture, to the point there are museums in the country dedicated to the history of Italy's culinary tradition. All those who are interested in Italian food or would like to have more information about it, will have plenty of opportunities to find a museum dedicated to their favorite dish. Although they are not the only food-dedicated museums in the world, as many others exist, the museums we will look at in this article are fairly unique, as they celebrate
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
alternative italian recipes
A seasonal foreword    Halloween has just passed and you guys on the other side of the pond are quickly approaching that fantastic holiday that Thanksgiving is. I have been celebrating it myself, a born and bred Italian, since 2006, when I was introduced to it by my – then newly-found, now well established, brotherly friends– mates from St Louis and upstate NY. Surely, Thanksgiving' s menus are a traditional affair, just like Christmas: each family has a particular way of making things ( I must
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Italian drinks museums
It is not only to food that Italians dedicated museums to, but also drinks: some beverages are as representative of Italy as famous dishes are, and these museums are not only a way for people to learn about them, but also to teach the difference between authentic, Italian products and their forged imitations coming from abroad. Wine, beer, grappa and balsamic vinegar, or aceto balsamico as it is commonly known in Italy, all have museums dedicated to them. The latter is not strictly a drink,
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
italian false friends
Italian False Friends: false cognates in Italian   Be aware of false friends!   Learning a foreign language is not a simple task and to many it can be a challenge. Things get even more complicated when more than one meaning is contained in one single word: if, on a side, it is a good thing because our memory does not have to make too much effort, it also becomes more difficult to understand which meaning is more apt to the context.  Whether it is better or not, ambiguity can certainly arise

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