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Holidays in Italy
Wednesday, March 12TH, 2014 by admin
  Many of the most popular Italian holidays are shared with all the western world, think of Christmas or New Year's Eve. Others have been imported, like Halloween. Others yet are typically Italian, like our national holidays or the Epiphany. Let's review some of the most cherished among Italian holidays, which are not known or practiced in the rest of the world.  If you'd like to know more about specific holidays in our beautiful peninsula, check out the scroll down menu on the left and pick your favorite!   THE EPIPHANY The Epiphany is celebrated on the sixth of January and it...
The vocabulary of Italian Carnevale
Tuesday, February 18TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
The Vocabulary of Italian Carnevale Carnevale's celebrations are hugely popular in Italy and some cities and town are known all over the world for the creativity and beauty of their parades. Those of Venice, Viareggio and Cento  are probably the most famous in the country and are known worldwide, too. If you decide to visit Italy during Carnevale, and maybe take part in one of its parades, here is some vocabulary to help you getting straight away into the right atmosphere! Carro di Carnevale:  Carnevale floats, or carri di Carnevale, as we call them in Italy, are one of the major attractions...
Italian food for Carnival
Tuesday, February 04TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
  In Italy, Carnival is considered a good time to celebrate, have fun and, obviously, eating well. To this day, several typical recipes are linked to and served during Carnival time. Frappe Known all over the Italian territory, they have acquired several names according to the regional area of production. Chiacchiere, bugie, cenci, guanti are only some of the numerous names referring to this type of deep fried, yet light pastries. In spite of the name differences,  the ingredients and method of cooking are always the same: flour, butter, sugar and vegetable oil to fry; they look like...
Carnevale in Italia
Monday, January 20TH, 2014 by admin
New Year's in Italy
Thursday, December 26TH, 2013 by Glauco
New Year's in Italy On the night of Saint Sylvester (San Silvestro), December 31st, a worldwide party crosses countries and time zones. In general Italians celebrate like most others in the world often gathering to watch fireworks or setting off some of their own. Yet, if you celebrate New Year's Eve in Italy you will notice some cultural differences that are unique to the country. This article will touch on some of them as well as provide some suggestions on what to do if you'll be ringing in the new year in Italy. New Year 2011 in Venice, Italy First you should know that while...
Monday, December 02TH, 2013 by admin
Traditional nativity scene from Naples The very roots of our modern Christmas belong in Italy. Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity, was decreed by Emperor Aurelian in A.D. 274 to take place on December 25th of each year. Although many biblical historians believe the actual birth of Jesus took place some time in the Spring, early Roman Christians felt it was important to create a feast that coincided with the many pagan celebrations taking place in winter for solstice. The celebration of the birth of the sun soon became the celebration of the birth of the Son. The nativity scene, a...
Markets at Christmas
Wednesday, July 10TH, 2013 by admin
Markets in Italy: Christmas Conducting Business during Christmas, Italian Style To many, Italy is the true home of Christmas. Although Christ was born in the small village of Bethlehem, his birth was not formally celebrated until three hundred years later in Rome, under the reign of Emperor Constantine. Today, Italy celebrates Christmas with both reverence and extravagance. For the public eye, this celebratory time is represented by the abundance of Italian holiday markets. Turin Christmas lamps on display During the Christmas season, Italy's markets burst with foodstuffs as well as...
1 May: Italy celebrates the Worker's date
Wednesday, April 24TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
1 May: Italy celebrates International Workers' Day Iron WorkersMay in Italy begins with a public holiday based on an important anniversary: the Festa dei Lavoratori. Celebrated in more than eighty countries, in Italy, as in the rest of the world, International Workers' Day is an important day created in honor and defense of laborers. This festivity was born, almost worldwide, with the aim of remembering the workers who were members of the unions, in order to emphasize the importance of the economic and social achievements obtained in the course of time. Historically speaking, the main...
A romantic Valentine's day in Italy
Tuesday, February 12TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
A romantic Valentine's day in Italy 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 amazing locations in the world? Here are some ideas and places you must...
The most famous Italian cities at Christmas
Monday, December 17TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
The most famous Italian cities at Christmas 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, all makes the atmosphere magic.   Christmas is celebrated everywhere, but there are some places particularly beautiful in this period and definitely worth a visit. These cities and towns are renowned for their beauty around Christmas time, and they may be an excellent destination for a winter...