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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...

L’uovo di Pasqua – More than Just an Egg

Just about the time when the long cold days of winter come to an end, and heavy wool coats are hung up and being put away, one can start seeing...

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...
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Cinema Italia will honor Ugo Tognazzi at its 2019 Spring Program Edition

The Spring edition of Cinema Italia San Francisco is just few weeks away. The program of April 2019 will celebrate and honor Ugo Tognazzi, the...

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,...
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...

Gravina in Puglia, a nexus of antiquity, superstition and hopeful innovation

Deep-rooted cultural and religious rituals are resplendent in Gravina in Puglia , an ancient town sitting timelessly beside one of the many karst...

The delicious world of Valle d’Aosta

Valle d’Aosta: “heaven for men, purgatory for women, hell for mules,” but certainly delicious for our palates! Among mountains and castles, up there...

Carnevale can save us: a naughty elf, Venice and why a smile is the key of Italy’s traditions

A masked parade on the waters of Venice’s canals. The Doge’s ball. Thousands of masks walking around the city. From the party on the Rio del...

Micam, the miraculous beauty of Italian shoes

Creative footwear is an essential part of designer collections in Milan. As a shoe obsessive, I attended Micam, Europe’s biggest footwear trade show...

The myth of Leonardo da Vinci: five hundred years of mystery and geniality

This, more than any other before, is the year of Leonardo da Vinci, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death, which took place in Amboise (...

Is Italy ready to stop cooking?

When it comes to food, Italy remains traditional to its core. Don’t get me wrong: the country has long embraced international cuisine and has...

L’ultima Danza: Pasquino attends a ball

For ten days in December, a scirocco paralyzed Rome. Traders, oblivious to a rise in corn, moped around the Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini...

AirBnB: can it repopulate the Italian countryside?

You’re young, smart and hold a prestigious degree: the world is at your feet! Or not, because employment opportunities are meagre and you’re still...

Three Tuscan “P” excursions not to miss

After all the fabulous exhibits one can see in the heart of Florence, it is possible that a little fresh air in the countryside might just be the...

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