Traditions

Scenic Anacapri streets at early sunset

A Day at the beach – Italian style

Temperatures are on the rise…and so is the urge to grab the flip-flops and head for the nearest beach. Summer practically insists we enjoy at least...

Games of Ancient Rome

I Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce Humans have been playing games forever. Even...
Italy’s Frecce Tricolori during a performance @ Aeronautica Militare

Frecce Tricolori: flying high Italy’s flag

F ive biplanes dive down into their targets. The head of the group noses up and makes a full loop, while the others fringe off while turning upside...

Matteo Troncone and the Neapolitan “art of living”

I t’s sunny in San Francisco on the Saturday afternoon before Memorial Day. Matteo comes to San Francisco from San Luis Obispo, before taking a...
An old fishing boat on the shore of the stormy sea in Pescara, Abruzzo

Looking at the sea from a mountain top: Abruzzo

Up to 1963 the proud region of Abruzzo was not a region in its own right, but cohabited with Molise, even if Frederick of Swabia had already, in 1233...

Aperitivo time: Aperol Spritz

I t is all manner of libation which has been delivered to my table after having asked for “ Spritz, please ,” still white wine mixed with sparkling...
The magic atmosphere of Sovana © Ermess | Dreamstime.com

When Tuscany was called Etruria: Sovana and the Vie Cave trails

T he Etruscans are one of the most fascinating pre-Roman civilizations but, puzzlingly, also one of those we know the least about: the real Etruscan...
Members of the Arciconfraternita del Carmine

Faith, tradition, identity: Easter as the symbol of Italy’s own heritage

For Christian Catholics, Holy Week is the most spiritually pregnant moment of the year, even more than Christmastime. But in Italy, this is a time...

Easter week in the kitchen

It is nice — and unsurprising — to know that in this period of reflection and prayer, Italians have never quite forgotten about their kitchens. And...

Easter Eggs!

Let’s be honest , it’s not only kids who love chocolate eggs : we all do! Indeed , the egg has a very ancient symbolism : it always represented life...

Celebrating an unusual Italian Easter

Chocolate eggs are stacked high in supermercati, Colomba dove cakes decorate pasticcerie windows and lambs are being made ready for the dining table...

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...

Her Majesty the Cassata: An Italian Easter Tradition

A vigorous thrust with a fork resolutely imposes on the icing to reach the body of soft ricotta cream in perfect symbiosis with the sponge cake. The...
Pasquetta, an Italian tradition

Pasquetta, an Italian tradition for Easter Monday

The Pasquetta day has historical and religious significance: indeed, Italian Catholics call it Lunedì dell' Angelo which is meant to remember the...

Mystery and history of art merge together in the Sola Busca tarots

A solitary woman dressed in dark regal hues, her fingers adorned with topazes and opals, a voice as deep and smooth as the softest of velvets. She...