Traditions

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part II): Antonioni and Ferrara

After visiting Fellini’s hometown of Rimini, our journey through the cinematic roots of the Emilia-Romagna region leads us to the city of Ferrara...

History of Italian Cuisine... in a nutshell

We all love it and eat it, and we may even be somehow knowledgeable about how to prepare some of its most representative dishes, but what do we...

Bustling Bagheria, town of villas, eccentricity and art

Bagheria is a curiosity, a literary space in the most exotic place in Europe: Sicily at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, part of Europe and...
It is in Fabriano, in the central Italian province of Ancona, that the history of paper in Europe begins, in the late 13th century.  Photo by FranzGustincich

The secular history of Fabriano’s precious paper

The first memories I have of Fabriano paper are of the A5 notebooks we used in elementary school: each page was heavier and thicker than average,...
Scoppio del Carro at Easter time. © Cellai Stefano | Dreamstime.com

The Explosion of the cart – A Florentine Easter tradition

The “Scoppio del Carro” or Explosion of the Cart, is one of the most spectacular festivals in Italy. It’s an ancient tradition that is deeply rooted...

Celebrating an unusual Italian Easter

Chocolate eggs are stacked high in supermercati, Colomba dove cakes decorate pasticcerie windows and lambs are being made ready for the dining table...
For Christians, the Passover Seder became known as the “Last Supper,” the foreshadowing of Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection on Easter Sunday and the beginning of Christianity

The Full Moon and Easter Sunday

For a number of years, I have wondered why Easter Sunday falls at different times of the spring season. Although Easter usually comes in the month of...
View of the promenade in the downtown of Alghero, Sardinia. Photo by AlKan32

Alghero, a small Barcelona in Italy

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating...

Her Majesty the Cassata: An Italian Easter Tradition

A vigorous thrust with a fork resolutely imposes on the icing to reach the body of soft ricotta cream in perfect symbiosis with the sponge cake. The...
The best harvest method, holds Mr. Lo Monaco, is the traditional one: hand-picking the olives from the plant. “It allows you to pick the fruit at the desired ripeness, in the best conditions, when it is whole, and without it touching the ground,” he explained. Photo courtesy of Azienda Agricola Lubes Maria

Apulia’s Liquid Gold: Fruity, Bitter and a Touch of Spicy

If you’ve ever visited the Apulian countryside, you’ve walked amongst the giants. The majestic ulivi secolari (centuries-old olive trees) have stood...

Italian … makes Italians

“Fatta l’Italia, bisogna fare gli Italiani,” famously said Massimo D’Azeglio shortly after the unification of Italy. And he was right: in those...
Simple, perfect, unchanged almost one hundred years later: the original, aristocratic Negroni remains the most loved

Give me a Negroni! The history of one of Italy's most iconic drinks

I have lived for fifteen years outside of Italy and had to endure the oh-so-harsh reality my beloved adoptive country knew next to nothing about...
Tricarico is the birthplace of poet and writer Rocco Scotellaro  and was also the home, for more than a decade,  of the American anthropologist and writer, Ann Cornelisen. Tricarico. Photo by PasBel

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part II)

After three eventful days in Naples, we rented a car and drove over the mountain pass to the Amalfi Coast, the iconic site of southern affluence and...
Internal view of San Galgano abbey in Tuscany, Italy. — Photo by michelecaminati

Italy’s own Sword in the Stone. The legend of San Galgano

We all know the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the stone. But what you might not know is that Italy has its own version. And you can find it...
Many see a ride along the Grand Canal in gondola as the epitome of romance.  Photo by lachris77

Decoding Venice’s iconic gondolas

For centuries they were the only way to travel, criss-crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating the city’s iconic canals. Today, whilst Venice’s...

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