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Exploring the traditions of Lent in Italy can lead us down a path of rituals deeply connected both with Christian beliefs and local customs.  In Puglia, for instance, many families practice a curious rite involving … a grater. Il rito …

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The Italian word peraltro (per-ahl-troh) is an adverb that translates to “what’s more,” “moreover,” “besides,” or “furthermore” in English. It’s used to add information that emphasizes what has already been mentioned, or to highlight a point already made; for example, it can …

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Our word of the day, cogliere (koh-lleeai-reh) has a versatile range of uses and variations in meaning, rooted in its origin and etymology. Its broad spectrum of applications in the Italian language shows how adaptable it is in many different contexts!  Cogliere comes …

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Every year on April 21st, the streets of Rome come alive to celebrate the birthday of the Eternal City, which tradition says was founded on the 21st of April 753 BC by the first of its seven kings,  Romulus. According to the …

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Today’s word, raffinato(rahf-fee-nah-toh) truly embodies elegance, sophistication, and a touch of luxury.  Raffinato was first attested as an adjective (so it has a feminine and plural form, too) in the 16th century, and comes from the Italian verb raffinare, which …

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The history of mirrors dates back thousands of years, when our ancestors would use natural bodies of water, like lakes and ponds, as the first reflective surfaces, intrigued by their own images seen in these transient reflections. Curiosity led to experimentation with …

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(Los Angeles, CA – April 12, 2024) Fondazione Italia (https://italianfoundation.org/), a leading Italian Language school both in the classroom and online,®has announced a partnership with Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America (OSDIA). OSDIA (http://osdia.org/) announced this partnership in the April issue …

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Cirio Conserve, an iconic name in the Italian food industry, represents a significant part of Italy’s culinary history. Founded by Francesco Cirio in 1856, the company became a pioneer in the industrial preservation of tomatoes and other vegetables. Cirio’s impact on the food …

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Orvieto is a charming town located in the Umbria region of central Italy, built atop a volcanic tuff cliff overlooking the countryside. Its strategic position along the ancient Via Cassia, one of the main roads of the Roman Empire, made it …

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Gaeta is a picturesque town on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking natural landscapes, which make it a beloved tourist destination. Located in the Lazio region, in the province of Latina, Gaeta …

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