Culture

In English, we call it Indian summer, in Italian estate di San Martino. They both refer to that unusually warm period we often experience in the month of November. Far from being a safe bet, the estate di San Martino …

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Can I be very honest with you? The idea that we Italians all love the sun and the summer is bogus. I, for one, don’t count the hottest season as my favorite: in fact, I quite dislike it. The heat …

Tutte le strade portano a Roma, “All roads lead to Rome,” is a famous saying based on historical and archaeological facts: when our glorious ancestors built roads across their Empire, they all converged on one point, the Eternal City. Via …

The 13th of December is a special day across the country, where the cult and worship of Santa Lucia is very alive. It is a day that feels a lot like Christmas already: the bright blue skies of December, the …

Not many are familiar with the name “Greccio,” and perhaps not even with the place. This pretty hamlet of 1,500 is located on the Apennines, in the Rieti province of Lazio, and is one of the Borghi più Belli d’Italia. …


This year we celebrate one of Italy’s most important artistic figures, sculptor Antonio Canova, the main representative of sculptural neoclassicism in our country. Canova, who was born in Possagno, in the Treviso province of Veneto, in 1757, was known to …

Who isn’t familiar with – and tried to solve – the ubiquitous crosswords? Some of them, like those of the Settimana Enigmistica in Italy, the Guardian and the Times in the UK or the New York Times in the US, …

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Who doesn’t love a slice of panettone at Christmas? The festive, buttery cake may have Milanese roots, but today is famous and loved around the world, so we can really say that it has become an international staple of the …

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Selinunte did not exist for long, just over two centuries. Yet, the mark she left in the history of the Mediterranean is great and she, just like a beautiful ancient goddess, keeps of giving and surprising, as very recent archaeological …

In the English-speaking world, it is known as Yule Log, in Italy, we know it as il ceppo di Natale.  It is so popular that it even made it into our translation of Harry Potter and it has inspired one …

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