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“Italianglo” should go: why Italians should stop using and abusing English words

Writing in English is my job, so it goes without saying I love this language. I like the way it alliterates easily and its pragmatic nature, which is...
Pork sausages atop braised lentils. | Copyright Nathan Hoyt/Forktales 2016 

For New Year’s: Lentils For Luck and Pork For Plenty, Infused With Holy Oil

Lentils and pork sausages, the first to represent coins, the second for abundance, served up together, has long been considered an auspicious dish...
San Giovanni in Corte baptistery and Palazzo Pretorio in Pistoia, Italy— Photo by AlKan32

Exploring Pistoia. The Italian Capital of Culture for 2017

Next year promises to be big for Pistoia. This little-known town in the north of Tuscany has just been chosen as the Italian Capital of Culture for...

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...

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...
Greccio & the live nativity

Greccio & the live nativity

Greccio is a small town near Rieti, where St Francis conceived the first living nativity scene ever made in history, in 1223. To keep this tradition...
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...
Panforte from Siena

Italian Christmas Delicacy: Panforte di Siena from Tuscany

Panforte is a typical dessert originally from Siena, Toscana region. It’s a type of spiced bread that can be enjoyed all year long, but especially...
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:...
From late November until Christmas Eve back in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, the typical Christmas market. It is one of the oldest markets of Germany, which boasts 500 years of history. You can find furniture for the Christmas tree and the Nativity— Photo by salvo77_na

The Language and Traditions of Christmas

You can find bigger Christmas trees and more extravagant decorations in the United States, but nothing looks, tastes, feels or sounds like la...
Corno di Capra peppers

Corno di Capra, the Italian heirloom variety of pepper

When it comes to peppers, we all know the basics: bell peppers are sweet, habaneros are extremely hot, some are good fresh, some are better dried...
Chocolate and Red Chili Tiramisù

Chocolate and Red Chili Tiramisù

Chocolate and Red Chili Tiramisù

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