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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.

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
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Christmas Illumination Italy
  In Italy, it is not only people who gets ready for Christmas, but cities, too. It is especially Christmas street lights and decorations that help creating that special holiday mood everywhere, so much so that walking around, shopping or simply strolling enjoying the atmosphere, is one of people's favorite activities this time of the year.  There is more than Christmas trees and ornaments: center stage is usually taken by famous luminarie, urban Christmas lights. 
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
all souls day
November is inaugurated by two important religious feasts in Italy: All Saints Day and All Souls Day, on November 1st and 2nd, respectively. These are very important days in the Catholic tradition and their roots can be found deep in its past.   All Saints Day (November 1st) in Italy   All Saints and martyrs of Italy, as viewed by Fra Angelico (   La Festa di Ognissanti, or the All Saints Feast, is a religious event celebrated ion November 1st. This feast celebrates all the
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
first date italy
  Italian men are famous for being romantic and they certainly try to give their best on a first date. Every date and every love story is different, but there are certain habits, certain quirks, that seem to be so deeply rooted into the cultural background of people to have become common place. Let's take a look at some of them.   Dating in Florence. Ph. Antonio Cinotti on flickr (   When it comes to the organizing a first date, the man is usually
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
events halloween italy
If it all started as an unusual night to have fun, but today Halloween has become more and more popular and an increasing number of Italian people are celebrating it from the north to the south of the country. Although Halloween was born as a pagan celebration, with Celtic origins, to honor the dead in Europe, it was exported to the USA by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland in the 19th century.   Halloween celebrations in Italy Ph. flickr/Luca Nonato It is not a long time ago
Friday, October 16th, 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   The pandoro is a traditional Christmas cake made with flour, butter and eggs, which was originally produced in Verona
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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, October 2nd, 2015
ghost towns italy
    They are called Città Fantasma.   Suspended between the existing and the non-existing, these towns embody the liminality between life and and death itself. They are abandoned now, but they used to be full of people and lively. Many reasons have forced their inhabitants to flee: natural disasters, people's changing needs, or a simple lack of generational renewal.    These are not conventional places to visit, yet, they  are an interesting
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
ghost towns italy
In the center of the boot, name with which Italy is usually referred to, there are several forgotten and hidden ghost places that can be visited by everyone interested in mystery...   Ghost towns of Lazio Starting from the first – or last, depending on which side of Italy you are coming from – western region of the center of the country, Lazio is famous for Rome and her monuments, which do not lack in mystery. Nevertheless, there are several interesting places outside the capital  that can be
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
risotto and rice
Even if Italy is often regarded as the home country of pasta, rice is another popular dish served as primo piatto. Rice is an Asian ingredient that was exported to Italy a long time ago; although it is not possible to pinpoint exactly the date of its arrival, this ingredient has managed to become popular and it is, in fact, a major produce cultivated in the country, especially in some areas of the North.  The most famous risaie, paddy fields, are situated in the Northern part of the country
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
ghost towns italy
  If you are visiting the northern part of Italy and you are attracted by uninhabited places rich in mystery, you will find several ghost towns whether if you are travelling to the western or eastern part.    Ruins of the Church in Bussana Vecchia, one of the best known ghost towns in the north of Italy (by surkovdimitri at   Ghost towns in Friuli-Venezia Giulia Palcoda This little abandoned mountain borgo is situated in the province of Pordenone. No car can reach it as
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
italian crime
Italians like keeping informed and follow the news religiously. Even if the ways of accessing information have changed, with the average Italian relying more and more on the internet rather than newspapers, something has kept the same: a morbid interest towards crime.   A crime scene... Lego style (Clement127/flickr)   Whether it is the media dictating the trend by focusing, sometimes almost sickeningly, on murder investigations, or it is the public deciding what
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
old fashioned games
  A glittery scubidù (Paul Downey/flickr)   Once upon a time, Italians used to play games that no longer exist; these games were often played in the streets, safer then, as there was little traffic and other types of dangers. Friends' houses, bars or circoli – clubs – were the most common places where people met and gathered to entertain themselves and spend their free time. These games had been played for centuries, generation after generation, before technology
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
  The Presepe, the Holy Nativity in Italy Ph. depositphotos/milla74   "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
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
rude italian
Every culture is a world of its own. Verbal communication and day to day way of life are the true expression of what the culture of a certain place is like.       However, some behaviors could be misunderstood and considered inappropriate, as we tend to view them through the lenses of our own culture. We should understand, though,  that things might be different in another place and that many times a particular habit we consider rude, may not be such for people with
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
autumn fall italy
  If you chose the months between mid-September and mid-December to visit Italy, then you'll enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in our country: Fall (or Autumn).   Autumn in Italy: the Chianti region in Tuscany Ph. depositphoto/samot   Fall in Italy is a beautiful time of the year, where nature gently falls asleep after the glorious plentifulness of Summer, and does so by offering some of the most astonishing colors in existence. Full palettes of yellows,