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Christmas is finally here and the heavens know how badly we need some seasonal cheer this year. It’s been a hard 12 months and we deserve some peace, quite and pandoro, let me tell you. What’s beautiful about this time …

It’s not even up for debate. Italy is one of the grandest places on earth. Period. What then would we expect during the Christmas season in Italy but the best of ways to celebrate it!   One day? How about …

About 60 million people speak Italian in the Belpaese and an extra 1.5 million do it around the world, including France, Croatia, Switzerland, Slovenia,  as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil and the US, of course.  A brief review of what …

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In Italy, Easter comes a close second in the list of most loved celebrations after, needless to say, Natale. Both rooted in religious tradition, they are the apotheosis of Italian spirituality, heritage and, of course, food.  Easter is a movable …

When current mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi was elected, she made it quite  clear that banning botticelle was one of her aims. These traditional horse-drawn carriages  are  as romantic as they are, alas, unjust. Throughout the years, episodes of animals …

Buon compleanno, Venezia. I know, you’d never thought to have such a birthday. No tourists in town and your — not many — residents locked inside. I have the impression you enjoyed your 1500 years celebrations, back in 1921, better, …

Life becomes a time warp in Cornello dei Tasso, a golden stone medieval hamlet of unusual beauty perched on a cliff in the Brembana Valley at 800 m above sea level. Only eight kilometers north of San Pellegrino Terme and …

Goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg may have invented the movable-type printing press around 1450 in Meinz, Germany to create his monumental Bibles, but Venice is where the Printing Revolution began by giving the nascent industry a major push and changing men’s lives. …

The Roman army is legendary: whether you think of Caesar’s Republican days or the greatness of the Empire, its strength, prowess, organization are not only known among classicists and military historians, but also among common people, used to the centurions …

Italians and Americans have plenty of things in common, but there is one they don’t share: Father’s Day.  To be truthful, it’s not only the US and Italy that celebrate their dads on different times of the year, because Father’s …