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Il panettone, traditional Christmas cake


December 27th, 2015

Historic notes on the panettone: Il panettone, traditional Christmas cake, is doubtlessly one of the most famous Italian sweet for celebrating the Christmas holidays. Tradition says to present it to friends and family and eat it all together during those long festivity meals. The panettone was born in Lombardia, in Milan, and its basic ingredients... View Article

Italian Christmas Carols


December 25th, 2015

My favorite lyrics, Italian Christmas carols, memory of many Christmas days spent with the family in the coziness of a decorated room singing along with the crackling of the fire while the snow gently lays onto the outside world… Tu scendi dalle stelle Tu scendi dalle stelle, o Re del cielo, You come down from the... View Article

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