La vita italiana

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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 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...

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...

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,...

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...

The story of lorighittas, the Sardinian pasta only women can make

Sardinia, cradle of history and special traditions, holds within also plenty of culinary secrets. Let’s ideally travel to the west of the island. We...

A day in the life of… Gladiators

Gladiators: the stars of the ancient Roman world: but it’s not gold all that glitters. Before Pompeii and Hercolaneum were rediscovered by...

When tradition becomes trendy: the story of Sicily’s tumminia bread

Close your eyes and image Sicily in all its glory, some two thousand years ago. A precious stone set in the crystal blue Mediterranean, she was the...

Ortisei: The heavenly mountain peaks of Giorgio Moroder

Magical things happen on mountain peaks. Sometimes they can give birth to gods. The sublime, monumental and spectacular landscapes of Italy’s...

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...

I’ll give you my two cents. The diatribe over the Fontana di Trevi coins

Visiting the Fontana di Trevi, turning your back at it and throw a nickel into its waters, with the hope of coming back, one day, to Rome, the most...

Thinking of Driving in Italy? A few pointers for a great experience

Renting a car is easy enough. It’s all that comes afterwards that can create enough material for a good sit com! I still chuckle at the expression of...

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 (...

Italy and its top destinations shine at the 2019 New York Times’ Travel Show

Cooking for new destinations to visit or places to return to this year? The New York Times Travel Show has set the 2019 trends for globetrotters by...