Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Pinterest

Italian Christmas folklore


December 18th, 2015

Christmas Markets: the tradition of Christmas markets is very strong throughout Italy. On market days artisans showcase their crafts: wooden statues, characters from the nativity scene, glass or ceramic objects, candles, toys, fabric dolls, etc. You can also find home decorations like Christmas lights or ribbons. There are also the characteristic stalls that sell typical... View Article

Christmas in Padua


December 11th, 2015

Friday 26th of November 2015: the opening ceremony of Christmas in Padua. In the program this year: Christmas lights all around the city, a tall solidarity tree, Santa Claus in Prato della Valle, bows on the monuments, choirs, traditional songs, children’s games and shows, theatre in piazzas, presepe, Christams markets, exhibitions, and many many more…... View Article

Traditional Abruzzese costume


November 13th, 2015

Traditional Abruzzese costume: wide and colorful Handkierchief in silk, cotton or wool with fringes. Handmade white long shirt in linen. Wide neckline decorated with crochet or with tombolo. Long and wide sleeves. Typical garment of the traditional abruzzese costume is a red-purple colored, rectangular rag that used to be winded up tightly to the body,... View Article

Punta Cavalluccio


October 7th, 2015

Here it comes, another well deserved day at the beach, this time in Punta Cavalluccio, Rocca San Giovanni (Abruzzo). Another day to lay out under the warm summer sun. The perfect day for some canoeing and a swim (well, not me, but I tried my best and basically enjoyed being safety in the water). Punta... View Article

Lunch at my nonni’s


October 4th, 2015

Back from the Amalfi coast we are ready to relax with my family in Abruzzo and what’s best than having a lunch at my nonni’s? Everyone needs a tranquil day to lay back, recharge and spend some time with the loved ones. After a lazy morning my husband and I stop by at my nonni’s... View Article

Amalfi coast third parte


September 27th, 2015

Another day, another adventure! We make sure to have a good breakfast before leaving this morning because a long day awaits us. We get on a ferry heading north to the famous Isola di Capri. After a tormented journey and some nausea, we arrive an hour later and we immediately realize that we weren’t the... View Article

A day at the beach


September 13th, 2015

On a typical Italian midsummer day all you need is a beach umbrella with some beach chairs, an acquaintance form the beach and maybe a book or cocktail in your hand. For the not so young anymore a card game (gioco a carte) is a must as well as a bocce game. But we rarely... View Article

Jesolo, our personal retreat on the Venetian lagoon


March 30th, 2015

My mother in law, talks about Jesolo, our personal retreat on the Venetian lagoon. Jesolo is a sunny town on the Venetian lagoon renowned seaside resort, famous for its summer attractions. “Our beach house in Jesolo was furnished by our family, my sons collaborated to decide all the decorations, so we now feel it is... View Article

My darling Abruzzo


March 26th, 2015

Traditions in Abruzzo and how the passing of time has affected them. My mum’s love affair with Abruzzo. “Traditional festivals haven’t changed much with the passing of the years, with the exception of the simplest carousels and the children happy with just one balloon in their hands. I remember a traditional mask (la pupa) that... View Article

Living in the countryside


March 16th, 2015

My mum tells us about her life in the Abruzzese countryside. “My name is Naira and I am a high school teacher of physics, I am 57 years old and live in a tiny village named Cavaticchi in Abruzzo. My love for the countryside comes from the long Sundays spent at my grandparents’ house, they... View Article

A teenager in a small town


January 28th, 2015

For the Modern Lifestyle section another story of real life, this time my cousin Daniele tells us about his lifestyle as a teenager living in a small town. “Hi, my name is Daniele, I am 18 and I am studying for a diploma in surveying. I live in Santa Teresa di Spoltore (2 hours east... View Article

New Year’s resolutions: vacanza italiana part four


January 19th, 2015

After a Christmas spent in my region we traveled to Padua to enjoy the other half of the holiday in the even colder north-eastern lands of Italy. For the last day of 2014 my husband and I stayed at home with his parents. New Year’s eve went by very quickly, a relaxed chatting morning and... View Article

Christmas games: vacanza italiana part three


January 16th, 2015

A white Christmas in Italy deserves some traditional Christmas games, and this year we couldn’t be the exception. A few days before New Year’s Eve we organized a game night with friends to get together around a table and laugh all night. We started with an unavoidable tombola (similar to Bingo), ours was the Neapolitan... 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