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It is in Fabriano, in the central Italian province of Ancona, that the history of paper in Europe begins, in the late 13th century.  Photo by FranzGustincich

The secular history of Fabriano’s precious paper

The first memories I have of Fabriano paper are of the A5 notebooks we used in elementary school: each page was heavier and thicker than average,...

L’uovo di Pasqua – More than Just an Egg

Just about the time when the long cold days of winter come to an end, and heavy wool coats are hung up and being put away, one can start seeing...
Scoppio del Carro at Easter time. © Cellai Stefano | Dreamstime.com

The Explosion of the cart – A Florentine Easter tradition

The “Scoppio del Carro” or Explosion of the Cart, is one of the most spectacular festivals in Italy. It’s an ancient tradition that is deeply rooted...

Celebrating an unusual Italian Easter

Chocolate eggs are stacked high in supermercati, Colomba dove cakes decorate pasticcerie windows and lambs are being made ready for the dining table...
For Christians, the Passover Seder became known as the “Last Supper,” the foreshadowing of Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection on Easter Sunday and the beginning of Christianity

The Full Moon and Easter Sunday

For a number of years, I have wondered why Easter Sunday falls at different times of the spring season. Although Easter usually comes in the month of...
View of the promenade in the downtown of Alghero, Sardinia. Photo by AlKan32

Alghero, a small Barcelona in Italy

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating...
Vista panoramica di Trani. Photo by milla74

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part III)

We made a brief stop at Grassano, one of the two small southern villages where Mussolini exiled Carlo Levi to silence him during the fascist’s...

Italian … makes Italians

“Fatta l’Italia, bisogna fare gli Italiani,” famously said Massimo D’Azeglio shortly after the unification of Italy. And he was right: in those...

The Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo, a Place Shrouded in Mystery

During the early Rena-issance, the noble Malaspina family became so powerful that it managed to rule over the border region between Tuscany, Liguria...

The Italian-American Writers Experience

Whatever I have learned about Italian American literature was on my own; no teacher suggested I read what I have read, and what I have learned has...

Discovering Siena’s underground aqueducts

Perched atop three Tuscan hills, the ancient walled city of Siena is famous for many things. Its medieval streets and architecture have barely...
Tricarico is the birthplace of poet and writer Rocco Scotellaro  and was also the home, for more than a decade,  of the American anthropologist and writer, Ann Cornelisen. Tricarico. Photo by PasBel

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part II)

After three eventful days in Naples, we rented a car and drove over the mountain pass to the Amalfi Coast, the iconic site of southern affluence and...

An Italian family, Ancient Rome style

Family: the essence of our being, the root of our ideals and the place we go back to when everything fails us. It does not really matter if it is...
Internal view of San Galgano abbey in Tuscany, Italy. — Photo by michelecaminati

Italy’s own Sword in the Stone. The legend of San Galgano

We all know the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the stone. But what you might not know is that Italy has its own version. And you can find it...

The Ides of March and Julius Caesar’s death mystery

Not many may think of it, but the 15th of March, the Ides of March, to say it with the Romans, marks the millenary anniversary of one of history’s...

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