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Alessandra Belloni teaching students in NYC

Alessandra Belloni Brings Ancient Italian Folk Music to New Audiences in New York

La musica italiana is a powerful art that brings people together. It will never cost you a dime in overweight luggage fees to take home. It will...

Peppe Voltarelli sings Profazio, folk soul from Calabria

Peppe Voltarelli, a Calabrian folk singer-songwriter, with a musical career spanning over twenty-five years and two prestigious “Tenco Awards” under...
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...
The most traditional and beautiful tradition of them all, in Italy, is that of Gesù Bambino

Of Robins, Ornaments and Special Gift Bearers: popular Christmas Legends in Italy

This time of the year is my personal favorite: I am a child of the snow and the mountains, invigorated by the dry, crispy chill of winter, rather...
Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti and the Holy Valley

Rieti is the place where Saint Francis was inspired for his encyclical "Laudato si" and where he started his spiritual journey through the Holy...
The Italian Christmas Eve dinner of seven fishes is a most interesting link to Dies Natalis Sol Invictus, the birthday of the sun

The Italian Roots of a Merry Christmas

Decking the halls with boughs of holly, wreaths, lights, the Yule log, gifts, feasts, peace on earth, good will towards men, the Nativity Scene (...
Traditional Presepe - photo by zlatetic

The art of the Italian Presepe: different cities, different styles

The art of reproducing the nativity scene is linked to an ancient tradition in Italy. Three cities are particularly famous for their presepi: Bologna...
Basilica of St. Benedict - photo by atesevich

Central Italy: hope is stronger than the earthquake

Norcia: a cradle of tradition and art, a symbol of western culture, home to Saint Benedict father of monasticism and patron saint of Europe. Norcia:...
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...
Ancient Roman Baths of Neptune Mosaic Floors Ostia Antica Ruins Rome Italy Excavation of Ostia, ancient Roman port, next to airport. Was port for Rome until 5t— Photo by billperry

Ostia Antica: The “Pompeii of Rome”

Over two and a half million visitors flock annually to Pompeii to marvel at the ancient Roman city caught in time. But just half an hour outside Rome...
Historic street "San Gregorio Armeno" of the old town of nativity scenes with puppets of famous people in Naples.— Photo by AntonioGravante

San Gregorio Armeno: The Art of Nativity

St Francis of Assisi invented the idea. Sculptors and woodcarvers have made them for nearly 800 years. And at this time of year they’re a common...
Florence Cathedral from Giotto's bell tower — Photo by elleonzebon

On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!

Florence’s cathedral—Santa Maria del Fiori, or simply il Duomo , as it is known to the Florentines, is a fantastic piece of architecture. Every time...

Florence's Uffizi Will Offer Personalised Tours to Visitors

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is planning more personalised museum routes for visitors, similar to services offered by the Louvre in Paris. The...
Portrait of Galileo Galilei. Italian School after J. Sustermans. Photo credit: Wellcome Library

Arcetri and Other Traces of Galileo's Life in Florence

As anyone who has ever been in Florence already knows, the Tuscan city abounds in all kinds of “traces” left by Italian geniuses of the past. One...
Officina Santa Maria Novella

Florence's Scented Treasure: Officina Santa Maria Novella

There are travelers who get to know a new place by visiting its most famous landmarks, eating at the hotel restaurant, and sacking the main shopping...

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