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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.

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
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
italian false friends
Italian False Friends: false cognates in Italian   Be aware of false friends!   Learning a foreign language is not simple, and to many it can be a challenge. Things get even more complicated when a single word means more than one thing. In a way, it means learners make a bit less of an effort while learning vocabulary, but at the same time understanding what the word refers to in any given context can become tricky. More often than not, learners need to seek help in the phrase's context to
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
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
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
food legends
Italy's culinary tradition is so rich and well established, it is almost natural to be curious about the origin and history behind some of its dishes. Some carry evocative names, mirroring those of the chefs who created them; others are invented, or mindful of the dish's ingredients and flavors. In the end, though, we usually give up the attempt of understanding why what we eat has that particular name and just dig in. At the same time, there are some delicacies, some of which you may be quite
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
italian non-verbal communication
Italians are famous for their non-verbal communication. A stereotype often heard about Italians is that we talk with our hands. Non-verbal communication is popular for many reasons—habit, emphasis and the ability at times to say more with gestures than you can with words. In many ways, gestures and body language become direct expressions of one’s personality and culture. If you have been to Italy, you know we do start communicating with our bodies from the very moment we get to know you: we
Monday, September 19th, 2016
San Gennaro
San Gennaro: A Traditional Catholic Neapolitan Feast   If you go to Naples on September 19th you will find the city celebrating its patron saint, San Gennaro, a bishop and a martyr from Pozzuoli, canonized by the Catholic Church. The feast of San Gennaro involves prayer, processions and celebrations, and is usually based around a fixed program held in the Duomo of Naples. One of the most important events is linked to an emotional ritual, rich in hope and devotion: the
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
traditional dances italy
If you were a teenager in the 80s and 90s, you'd certainly remember many disco music successes, most of them associated to a dancing style: famous steps and gestures, in vogue in the trendiest clubs of the country. Those years have passed and, with them, also the way we used to dance. Yes: what was contemporary then is outdated now and, it is guaranteed, what is trending today, will be very likely forgotten in 12 months. However, there are some type of music and dancing styles that remain, and
Monday, July 25th, 2016
marostica chess game
  A view of Marostica's famous "Piazza degli Scacchi" (Ale/flickr)   Festivals and local events are the mirror of specific folklore and they always reflect the tradition and culture of a place. In Italy there are hundreds, if not thousands, of towns that want to express their local features through events. However, Marostica, in the Vicenza province, perhaps has exceeded all types of expectations. This Northern town is renowned for being the città degli scacchi, the town of

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