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.

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 (imagea.org/flickr)   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
  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
 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
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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. 
Saturday, November 15th, 2014
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
Friday, November 7th, 2014
scarpetta itaian ritual
You have just finished your tasty pasta cooked al dente, and there it lies on your plate: a whole layer of delicious sauce. How could you leave it there, wasted, to be thrown away? Impossible! is the answer many Italians would give to such a question: this is why we love the scarpetta  and cannot quite avoid doing it, even when, as Galateo says, we shouldn't.    A true Italian habit: fare la scarpetta (farelascarpetta-mariagloriadamico.blogspot.it)   This word can hardly be translated in other
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
ethnic restaurants italy
 "Il sushi è di destra, il kebab è di sinistra"  - It is a half joke, quotation that I read somewhere on Facebook. Liberally translated could mean "sushi is conservative, Kebab is liberal"  :-)   There is no better choice than trying local food and recipes when visiting a place. Tasting typical dishes when in a foreign country is the best thing to do but if you think that in Italy you can only and exclusively find Italian food, you will be surprised to see that there is a certain number of
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
italian lira
  In 2002, all EU member states abandoned their national currencies to embrace the euro. It has been 12 years, yet, in Italy the lira is still dearly missed: if we count the nostalgic, one may believe the change happened only a few months back.  Truth is the lira had been our own currency since 1862, a symbol of the long desired and painfully achieved unity of the country that had only taken place a few months earlier, in 1861. Up to then, each state in the peninsula had its own currency, the
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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. This is to say that there is loads of cooking coming your way pretty soon. Surely, Thanksgiving' s menu is a traditional affair, just

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