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Statue Bernini

Statue Bernini

Part of the allure of Italy and Italian culture is the sense of timelessness. Rome is the Eternal City where the ancient rubs shoulders with the present, Venice serenely passes the centuries amid its slowly sinking  palazzi. The art and science of the Renaissance  is still alive and visible in Florence while Vatican City's Sistine Chapel is as vibrant as the day Michelangelo's paint dried. In this section you will find links to our subcategories on Italy's great cultural achievements, however be sure to also visit our section on Lifestyle and Modern Italian Culture

 

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Taste of Italy
Tuesday, October 21TH, 2014 by FrancescaBezzone
  I lived abroad for fifteen years, and the taste of Italy, I certainly missed. During this time, I have learnt a lot about my country. Yes, because for some mysterious trick of the mind, it is always when you are far from a place or from someone that you truly begin to know them: does that not happen to lovers as well, sometimes? Anyway: fifteen years away from Italy, fifteen years where I learnt to look at it more objectively. It is hard, because right now, one may think that the cons of being in the country (high taxes, no work, a risible political force) are overwhelmingly sup...
By Alfredo Iannaccone The final countdown to Milan Expo 2015 has started yesterday in Piazza Gae Aulenti in Milan. Born as a night of celebrations, hosted by Antonella Clerici and Enrico Bertolino, and made particularly pleasant by the cuisine of Davide Oldan, the soirée saw its climax in a magnificent performance by Andrea Bocelli.  One year separates us now from the official inauguation of the Expo, a year where the event's planning will enter an entirely new phase. This phase will be characterized by a further acceleration of the Expo 2015's site development, as well as a spur in...
The festival of Sanremo
Sunday, February 02TH, 2014 by AnnaDe Filippo
The festival di 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 propose original songs, newly written just for the occasion. The first festival of...
Italian Proverbs I
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
Italians like to play with words and there are plenty of examples out there to show us so. Proverbi, sayings, still pepper conversations and are used quite profusely by older and younger generations alike. You'll recognize some of them, as they are common in English, too. Others, you may find a bit more original.  Let's take a look at a few of the most famous!    Donne e motori Gioie e dolori. Women and motors, joy and pain A caval donato non si guarda in bocca. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.  A chi dai il dito si prende anche il...
History of the Italian Flag
Wednesday, August 20TH, 2008 by admin
The Italian Flag   Can you remember off hand the colors of the Italian flag ? Think of 10 countries whose flags you know . . . most probably Italy is among that group. The Italian flag owes it notoriety to  all the Italian food places that sell pizza, pasta, gelato that have 'invaded' the world. It is strange because Italians are not as proud of their flag as Americans are of the Stars & Stripes. You will very rarely see a house in Italy with the flag on the front porch. But I think very few Italians would feel comfortable damaging in any way their fl...
Death in Italy
Monday, October 20TH, 2014 by admin
Death and Mourning in Italy: a View of the Monumental Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, from  the Early 1900s (www.wikimedia.org)   Italians celebrate life with verve but how do they deal with death? Is it in the same practical, but lively manner? When I visited the cemetery in Belgirate, a small village on Lake Maggiore, I was very impressed. It was extremely well kept - the grass was carefully mown and there was no sign of a weed anywhere. Even more impressive were the graves, which were cared for with great love. Most had framed photos of the deceased nearby and newl...
Italian Handicraft: Wood and Metal
Monday, September 29TH, 2014 by kattypiazza
  Giuseppe's shop, where he makes by hand baskets and other stuff In Omignano, in the heart of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, you'll find the workshop of Giuseppe Giuliani, who creates hand-made baskets of various types, ropes, mats, fans, hats, necklaces, slingshots, troccole (popular musical instruments that are rotated) and gourds used as musical instruments.   The troccola, a musical instrument handmade by Giuseppe   The techniques are those used for generations in these area: in the shop (lo...
The New Latin Lover
Saturday, September 27TH, 2014 by ancos
  Casanova, the first Italian latin lover (image from Wikipedia)   The Latin lover is a stereotype that stretches back for centuries. Italians are known as a passionate race—they live and laugh and love in a big way, and they enjoy the finest things in life, from sumptuous food to gorgeous women and men. Many North Americans admire the fire that flows through the veins of Italians and there has been many a woman who has travelled to Italy to find her own Latin lover. Whether or not there are still Romeos wandering the streets of Rome, however, is...
  Italy is by many considered a very romantic country, where people decide to spend time with their partner. Some Italian towns and cities are truly special for those in love, also because they have been the backdrop to some of the most famous historic, literary and legendary love stories of all times. Whether real or not, every Italian knows the names of these lovers, some of them famous because sang by our poets, others simply because they automatically spring to mind when thinking of Italy and love. Let's take a look at some of them!    ...
Summer on the Riviera Romagnola: Italians paint the town pink "Let's paint the town red" is a famous English way to say "let's go out and have fun": similarly,  the Riviera Romagnola paints itself pink during the summer to celebrate the Capodanno d'Estate, the summer version of New Year's Eve. Italians enjoy  ongoing parties, special events, concerts and aperitivi, all having as main theme the color pink.   The choice of this color is not due to the celebration of women, conventionally associated to pink; in fact, the event is open  and addressed to everybody, with no exception. It aims...