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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.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
valentine's italy verona
  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
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
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 and performers
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
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, February 8th, 2017
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
Sunday, February 5th, 2017
carnevale vocabulary
  Carnevale's celebrations are hugely popular in Italy and some cities and town are known all over the world for the creativity and beauty of their parades. Those of Venice, Viareggio and Cento are probably the most famous in the country and are known worldwide, too. If you decide to visit Italy during Carnevale, and maybe take part in one of its parades, here is some vocabulary to help you getting straight away into the right atmosphere!   Carro di Carnevale:  Carnevale
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
agrigento 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 the Mandorlara (the almond on the table),
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
working hours italy
  Working hours in Italy   It is impossible to generalize and pinpoint the standard timetable of a typical Italian working day, as it usually depends on which job one has, the company one works for and, at times, their sector of expertise. Nevertheless, the average workday usually lasts 8 hours, although some go to work earlier than others and some finish later.   However, work rights are common to every type of worker regardless of their job; in fact, as far as working
Friday, December 30th, 2016
habits for new year
  The year comes to an end with the 31st December: New Year's Eve. Each country has its own habits and customs when it comes to how to end an year and begin another. Italy, too, has its own traditions and rituals, which are usually followed strictly by many, as we are, it is well known everywhere in the world, a nation of scaramantici, that is to say, superstitious people. Here is a list of the most traditional things we do in Italy during the night of the 31st December:  
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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, which is
Monday, December 19th, 2016
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
Monday, December 19th, 2016
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. 
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
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
Monday, December 12th, 2016
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 are definitely worth a visit. These cities and towns are
Monday, December 12th, 2016
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 more culturally
Sunday, December 11th, 2016
christmas vocabulary italy
If you  have decided to visit 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  
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
social rituals brindisi
If you are in Italy and you want to enjoy your holidays in a truly Italian style, you should get to know some habits, typical of when we Italians sit to eat and drink together: they 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: always keep these expressions in mind!    Buon appetito! Although saying "enjoy your
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
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 (wikimedia.org)   La Festa di Ognissanti, or the All Saints Feast, is a religious event celebrated ion November 1st. This feast celebrates all the
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
festival torrone cremona
Torrone is a typical Christmas Italian treat, great symbol of the history of Italian cuisine. Festivals of local patrons and sagre are the right moments and places where you can find this traditional cake. Several types of torrone and different fillings attract great eaters but there are events entirely dedicated to this cake: one of the most famous ones is the Torrone festival in Cremona. The legends associated to its birth in this part of Italy or the fact that it is a traditional appointment
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
white truffle san miniato
  The Tuscan town of San Miniato is conventionally associated to a fine and prestigious product: white truffle.   White truffle is considered such an important article of local gastronomy, it has ended up being a real strength and source of attraction for the town, a fact that resulted in the creation of a fair dedicated to this rare and precious produce.   The White Truffle of San Miniato. Ph. flickr/TuscanyEvents   The truffle exhibition   The Mostra
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
san miniato
San Miniato: a not so stereotypical Tuscan destination   Panoramic view of San Miniato from the Torre Federico II. Ph. flickr/Jacqueline Poggi   If you have decided to spend your holidays in Tuscany, there are some little characteristic locations you may like to explore. Lesser known yet not less beautiful than the usual, famous destinations in the region.     San Miniato is certainly one of them.     The town of San Miniato   In the

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