Holidays - Festivals

The History of Carnevale and some of Italy's best Parades
Wednesday, January 21TH, 2015 by Francesca Bezzone
  Carnevale is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world. In Italy, we are serious about it. In the end, this is where it was born. We are all familiar with the Carnevale of Venice and that of Viareggio, as well as famous international renditions such as the Carnival in New Orleans, that...
San Valentino
Thursday, January 15TH, 2015 by Francesca Bezzone
The Creation of St. Valentine's Day   Leonhard Beck - Heiliger Valentin (Veste Coburg) di Leonhard Beck - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg  (wikimedia.org)   February is coming and with it the colourful celebrations of Carnevale. Lovers and romantics of all kind, however,...
Italian Traditional Holiday Cakes
Saturday, January 03TH, 2015 by
Pandoro: Italian Christmas Cake   Il Pandoro di Verona   This is a  very traditional cake eaten all over Italy. Tall and fluffy, pandoro needs to rise almost a dozen times, before being baked and covered in sifted powdered sugar. They are...
Have an Italian New Year's Eve
Sunday, December 28TH, 2014 by Francesca Bezzone
  You may have notice I do tend to rumble about my family quite a lot when I begin writing: it is because I am a dreamer by nature, and like reminiscing quite a lot. I am also pretty lucky, in the sense I had a very much ideal childhood, which left me with plenty of amazing memories to share, and...
New Year's in Italy
Friday, December 26TH, 2014 by Francesca Bezzone
      Forgetful Italians     New Year's in Italy     We're a nation of fortune seekers and lucky charms lovers (no, not the cereals... although I admit I did contemplate the possibility, once, to buy a large bag of Lucky Charms ...
Holiday celebrations, customs and traditions
Friday, December 26TH, 2014 by
New Year's Eve in Italy (by Konstanttin at www.depositphotos.com)   As a follow-up to our previous article on the Italian holidays, let's see how Italians like to celebrate them: you never know, some of their habits and traditions may be perfect to export to this side of the pond!...
Italian Events Celebrating the Celtic Halloween Tradition
Saturday, October 18TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
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...
Halloween in Italy
Saturday, October 18TH, 2014 by
  Halloween in Italy: zombies in the streets of Rome   Halloween in Italy: is it just an excuse for kids to spray shaving foam on strangers' cars, and for adults to dress up and party, or is there more to it?   These days, many have the feeling that Halloween...
Palio dei Mussi in Terrossa
Monday, July 28TH, 2014 by
In Terrossa, a small village in the province of Verona, since immemorial time every 4th week-end of July takes place a festival to celebrate and pay homage to what was once the main assistant to the farmer, the donkey.         When the donkey was replaced by tractors at the beginning of the 70s,...
Traditional events in Italy
Wednesday, June 25TH, 2014 by
Traditional Events in Italy's Many Cities   Italy is a country with a long history of traditions and cultural events. Depending on which time of the year you decide to visit and where you are staying, you may have the luck to participate to one of the numerous feasts the country offers. If...

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