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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.

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
Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Museums of Venice
  Venice is conventionally considered the city of love and romanticism, the ideal destination for couples in love. However, Venice should be mostly remembered for the beauty and wealth of its artistic patrimony. Beside the presence of some of the most iconic buildings in the history of art and architecture, Venice can count on a number of amazing museums, hosting art from all ages. Here are those you cannot miss.     Galleria dell'Accademia  The Galleria dell'Accademia
Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Italian vocabulary for summer
  Private Beaches offer "ombrelloni e lettini" to rest and enjoy the sun in all comfort (Chris Ford/Flickr flic.kr/p/8uZYv8)   When going to Italy during the summer, some ‘seasonal’ terms can turn out to be quite useful for those who want to plunge into Italian culture, as well as into the deep blue Italian sea. By doing so, you'll be able to get familiar with local culture through language, and make the most of a lovely holiday.   Not finding anyone speaking in
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
italian regionale food
When it comes to cooking, pasta is the adhesive that unifies the whole of the nation. However, those  thinking that food is the same in every part of Italy are totally wrong. In fact, only a few dishes are considered 'national'.   Each region has its own typical food and recipes, which have obviously been taken by other regions, too, and Italians generally know how to cook a dish from another region, even if there are so many! Italy offers a huge variety of dishes and
Monday, July 18th, 2016
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
Monday, June 20th, 2016
What is a sagra     The sagra is an Italian festival, organized in some towns, or regions, and is always linked to a local tradition or food celebrated in the course of the event.   The term sagra derives from Latin. It is the evolution of the adjective sacrum, meaning holy, which explains the original purpose that gave birth to this type of event: the religious factor. In fact, in the past the sagre were mainly moments of union between Man and spiritual and holy life.
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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, May 24th, 2016
toledo underground naples
In Italy, art is alive, it is something to be seen and enjoyed every day.  Something to live not only in museums, but also during everyday's rush and routine. This is the philosophy underlying the building of what has been defined by the Daily Telegraph as the "most impressive underground railway station in Europe:" the Toledo underground station in Naples. The list, created to outline the 22 most beautiful underground stations in Europe, is topped by this unique, all Italian example of modern
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
best quality life in italy
How is it really to live in Italy?  This is a question asked by many. Truth is, the quality and standards of life do change, sometimes quite dramatically,  from one part of the country to the other.   Conventionally speaking, the Center and the North of Italy are considered to have a higher standard of life compared to the South, which is usually believed to leg behind the rest of the country when it comes to financial income. Each year, Il Sole 24 Ore, the most

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