Christmas luncheon with my Italian families


December 22nd, 2014

Christmas luncheon with my Italian families. In every dish there is the memory of nonne (grandmothers), mums or aunties that create little masterpieces and that at least once in a lifetime made us (as young Italian children) taste a dish with that homemade, special, authentic power. Every small village in Abruzzo has its own secret recipes... View Article

Typical Neapolitan Presepe


December 19th, 2014

The typical Neapolitan Presepe, along with the pipers, the tombolata and the typical dinner menu of Christmas’ Eve, is one of the most intense symbols of the Christmas tradition in Naples. The word “Presepe” comes from the latin praesepe that means what stands before the hedge, that is the “manger”. At the beginning, just like... View Article

Traditional Christmas dishes from North to South Italy


December 15th, 2014

Traditional Christmas dishes from North to South Italy, they vary from region to region, sometimes even from town to town. In some regions (especially in South Italy) it is common to celebrate Christmas’ Eve with an abundant dinner based on fish, in some other regions the celebration takes place on Christmas day and families get... View Article

How Italians get ready for Christmas


December 8th, 2014

How Italians get ready for Christmas: a trip down to memory lane I remember being a child growing up in a small town in Abruzzo, every year on the 8th of December (Immaculate Conception day) my mum would go up to the attic where we used to keep our special decorations and come down with... View Article

Federica’s everyday life in Treviso


December 5th, 2014

For the section “Modern lifestyle” here is Federica’s story. Federica is one of my friends for University, she currently lives close to Treviso (30 kms North of Venice). She talks about her lifestyle as a young woman living in a small Italian town these days. “Ciao everyone, My name’s Federica, I am 27 years old... View Article

Marina di Camerota, pearl of Cilento


December 1st, 2014

Rosa, a friend of mine, is very passionate about her homeland and she is happy to share her memories and the beauties of her hometown with us. Here is what she wants to say about her beloved Marina di Camerota (4.5 hours south of Rome, in the Campania region). “…Once ther was and still there... View Article