Traditions

New Year Traditions in Italy

From scarlet undies to pig’s trotters, fireworks to fearless bridge divers or tombola to fat ox parades, Italians love to celebrate the New Year with...
It was easy and clever for the Romans to associate Christmas, the new feast, with one already well established, the Sol Invictus, the official sun god and a patron of soldiers, (in the image above), celebrated on the 25th of December

The origins and traditions of Christmas celebrations in Italy

Christmas is a universal feast. It is the apogee of all year’s celebrations for Christians all around the world; it is a time of love and warmth for...
Mostaccioli: the Calabrese Gingerbread

Mostaccioli: The Calabrese Christmas Gingerbread

Here in our home, one of our Christmas traditions is making gingerbread cookies and one gingerbread house each year. I often wondered if there is...
Made in Umbria: “Fired Up” in Deruta!

Made in Umbria: “Fired Up” in Deruta!

I have always loved ceramic ware. I grew up with the vibrant colors and hand painted decorative designs around me and my attraction to and weakness...
Discover Sicily: get a taste of this land and its traditions

Discover Sicily: get a taste of this land and its traditions

Roxana Iacoban and Italia Slow Tour take us to Sicily where they taste local fruit and veggies vendor, Garco’s ricotta cheese. Here her story...
Rome celebrates the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Rome celebrates the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Every year, on June 29, Rome celebrates the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, a liturgical feast in honour of the...
Tavolate di San Giuseppe

Tavolate di San Giuseppe

Mother Mary is ubiquitous in Italy, considering the many churches and traditions revolving around her. Her humble, carpenter husband can be forgotten...
Zeppole for Father's Day

Zeppole di San Giuseppe for Father's Day

Cream: 4 Cups - Milk 6 - Egg yolks 10 Tbs - Sugar 6 Tbs - Flour Peel of 1 lemon Peel of 1/2 orange Zeppole: 6 Eggs 2 Cups - Flour 1 3/4 Cups - Water...
Focara, the Festival of Fire in the Apulia region

Focara, the Festival of Fire in the Apulia region

One of the most well-known festivals in the Puglia region occurs every year on January 16th when "La Focara" (The Festival of Fire) starts. A small...
Saint Lucia, a martyr of Christianity, celebrated in Syracuse

Saint Lucia, a martyr of Christianity, celebrated in Syracuse

On 13 December, Italians celebrate Santa Lucia, a very important feast in the North as well as in Sicily. The name Lucia comes from Latin and means...

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