La vita italiana

Giuseppe Verdi Square, Busseto, Parma, Italy - photo by foundfootage

Discovering the Home Land of Verdi

Parma and its Province are the homeland of the excellence of some of the Italian culinary cornerstones. Places that are rich in history and their...

Tradition and the Individual Italian American:The Importance of Italian American Writing

As a community, Italian Americans are just beginning to understand the value of the written word. For years publishers have been saying that the...
The art of Naples' pizza -making could become a patrimony of the world. Photo:  http://www.foodtravelculture.com

The art of making pizza to become part of the UNESCO Intangible Patrimony

Pizza finds a place on every country's table and is topped with countless delicacies, each country creating its own - more or less - orthodox version...
In Italy, which has not commercialized Valentine’s Day as much as in the United States, couples celebrate with una cenetta romantica (or intima) (a romantic or intimate dinner), flowers, or another token of affection. Photo by Maridav

Valentine’s Day—and Saying “I love you” in Italian

The Roman empire began with a tale of love—or, more accurately, lust—almost three millennia ago. The libidinous god Mars, smitten by the beauty of a...
Riomaggiore fishing village during evening twilight blue hour, seascape in Five lands, Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria, Italy. — Photo by olgacov

That’s Amore: In search of Italy’s most romantic spots

Italy is the land of love, a romantic destination par excellence. So with Valentines Day fast approaching, it’s time to explore some of the peninsula...
The first brass cobblestone was laid in front of Cologne City Hall in Germany in 1992 but the project soon spread beyond the German border

Italy’s pietre d’inciampo: the cobblestones that tweak our consciences

Walk through Trastevere or along the Tiber River in Rome, explore the labyrinthine Cannaregio district of Venice or stroll down Viale Montegrappa in...
Ancient roman amphitheatre Arena in Verona, Italy - Photo by katatonia82

Fair Verona lives on

Shakespeare’s famous “Fair Verona” may have been the ideal setting for his story about the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, but modern Verona...
English Loanwords

“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...

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