Palazzo dei Diamanti re-opens with a Ferrara artist-inspired exhibit: RENAISSANCE IN FERRARA: Ercole de’ Roberti and Lorenzo Costa.
If you haven’t caught the White Lotus series on HBO yet, be prepared for a front-row luxury seat to some darkly comedic drama.
ONE MORE REASON TO TRAVEL
Concerts in Italy, including Andrea Bocelli, Madonna, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Lizzo, Depeche Mode, and others. Shows are in Milan, Verona, Bologna, and other cities.
In the United States, New Year’s Day is the climax and the end of the Christmas holidays while in Italy we have an extra bonus – so to speak – of about a week. On January 6 we celebrate the Epiphany, a Christian celebration that symbolizes the Three Kings’ arrival at the Baby Jesus’ manger, and that only recently has been officially recognized as a national holiday.
DRINKING WATER IN ITALY
Italy has an abundance of mountain springs that have provided the local populations with water for the longest time. Some of these springs actually flow with either naturally still or naturally sparkling water. If you enter an Italian supermarket, you will undoubtedly notice an entire aisle dedicated to tens of different water brands, mostly bottled at source in plastic bottles, then sealed and wrapped up in a cellophane package of 6 units each.
Sicily is a world unto itself. While other countries speak to you directly, this island, like its dialect, is complex, polychrome, and varied in shapes and tastes. Everything, from the blinding sunlight down to the locals, is more intense than elsewhere, and perhaps not just one visit will be enough for someone to understand it.
The Pantheon in Rome is one of the most famous monuments of the city and perhaps the most enigmatic building in Italy. This splendid church dedicated “to all the gods” was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD) and was finally completed in 128 AD by the emperor Hadrian. This makes this amazing construction one of the oldest examples of architecture we have on our planet today. Built about two thousand years ago, it is still there!
I Mercatini di Natale (Christmas Markets) are a big tradition in Europe and Italy hosts many of those in either big cities or small villages. They may last for a couple of days to a month or even go on after Epiphany on January 6th.