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, 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
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
 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 (   This word can hardly be translated in other
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
summer italian cities
When summer comes Italian streets get incredibly hot because of high temperatures and floods of people go out and stay the streets until late as they don't like staying in during this period of the year. However, as towns boil many people decide to go to sea destinations to get some fresh air and plunge in the water. All those who can't do it decide to leave the town and join events organized for the summer; if you are visiting Italian cities during this period, you will find several things to
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
Friday, October 24th, 2014
italian pasta and sauce
We all know about the debates concerning the origins of pasta, many of them presenting clashing positions. Some support the thesis that it was imported from China by Marco Polo, while others say pasta was known in Italy much earlier than that, as it was already consumed by the Greeks and the Romans.    Nevermind its origins, one can say: Italian chefs and housewives have cooked it so much, invented so many variations and used such a plethora of ingredients with it, that pasta became the
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
events halloween italy
If it all started as an unusual night to have fun, 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 that
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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,
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Italian Surnames   Names are important because they identify people, and surnames are doubly important because they also tell of the origins and history of a family through the centuries. In fact, researching your surname, also known as last name or family name, is an exciting way to learn more about your family history. When researching Italian surnames you will quickly find that each family name was created for a particular purpose. Italy has always been known for its lively and
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
political italian types
Berlusconi If you watch tv shows about Italian politics,  you will see many politicians arguing or fiercely expressing their opinions, to the point you may think it is not a program of that type. Fiery and overheated discussions about politics may seem strange to you, but in Italy also ordinary people passionately express their opinions, especially if they have opposite ideologies.   In recent years, the country has often been politically associated to Berlusconi, who has been the prime
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
made in italy
The ‘Made in Italy’ is for many people a guarantee. Several consumers want to buy Italian products because their quality, design and reliability is certified by a long tradition in the field of textile. Several Italian brands have become famous worldwide because they are the symbol of the ‘Made in Italy’ production but can we consider it the result of a complete truly Italian production? Before answering, one should first really understand when an item can be considered a ‘Made in Italy’
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
types italian women
  If there are some men who are the mirror of a specifically Italian stereotype, the same can be said for particular groups of Italian women.   Czardas dancers by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner   Here are some of them, often been at the centre of movies, novels and generally associated to a particular type of Italian style femininity.   La Maniaca della Pulizia    Italian people are sometimes obsessed with hygiene and they often say that there is no European place that uses the same measures as Italy
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
inimitable Venice
  The charm and mystery of Venice always attracted the attention of many visitors. Enchanted by its beauty, most of them hope to visit unique Venice again. Distance can be an issue, but for some citizens of the world, things are easier than for others, because they may live near one of Venice's "sisters in beauty," cities that, because of their conformation, location and characteristics can be reminiscent of La Serenissima.  Others are less lucky and may be stuck near one of the many crass,