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Carnevale di Venezia: The Beauty, the Vanity and the Dream

Carnevale di Venezia: The Beauty, the Vanity and the Dream

TRADITIONS
The first time I saw Venice it was Carnival. Like an aristocratic lady – aware of her opulent beauty – Venice that year too donned her boldest and most luxurious attire, with the intention of leaving an even more indelible memory into whoever was lucky enough to behold her.

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La Befana

La Befana

ITALY TRADITIONS
On January 6 we celebrate the Epiphany, a Christian celebration that symbolizes the three Kings’ arrival to the Baby Jesus’ manger, and that only recently has been officially recognized as a national holiday. But also and above all, this day has a folkloristic and typically Italian aspect as we celebrate the arrival of the Befana, an extra opportunity for children to receive more presents and an extra day off for the adults.

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Rome New Year’s Day Parade

Rome New Year’s Day Parade

CULTURES AND TRADITIONS
The spectacular New Year’s Day parade – now a wonderful Roman tradition – is bursting back to give the city a rousing start to 2020.
More than a thousand musicians, including young students from the most prestigious high school bands in the United States, majorettes from Italy and Croatia, folk groups and Roman historical re-enactors, will perform through the historic centre of the capital. The free to watch spectacular Parade, which starts at 3,30 pm from Piazza del Popolo, comes courtesy of Destination Events, which for years has also been responsible for the successful similar event in London (London New Year Parade).

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Presepe

Presepe

DAY TRIP
Presepe (the Nativity Scene) takes its origins from the Christian tradition and represents nothing else but the Holy Night when baby Jesus was born. The biggest Presepe is in Manarola, Cinque Terre in Liguria. Listed by Guinness Book of Records, it covers the entire Tre Croci hill and consists of 300 real-scale statuettes, 17 thousand light bulbs and over 8 km of electric cables. Truly impressive!

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Winter Travels = Wonder Awaits

Winter Travels = Wonder Awaits

WINTER ACTIVITIES
While summer travel draws crowds to Italy with warm weather and outdoor activities, winter vacations can be magical with holiday celebrations, winter activities and fewer tourists. Christmas in Italy is just as big if not bigger than in the United States.

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An Unconventional Thanksgiving in Italy

An Unconventional Thanksgiving in Italy

HOLIDAY
For Americans the Thanksgiving Holiday normally centers around food and football. The traditional Thanksgiving basics of Roasted Turkey and pumpkin pie are found on most tables that day. While Italians do not typically celebrate Thanksgiving as Americans do, there are many religious holidays La Festa del Ringraziamento (Festival of Thanks) celebrated throughout the year.

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Milan is ready for Christmas!

Milan is ready for Christmas!

TRADITIONS
Did you know that Milan has a special day for setting up Christmas decorations? While the rest of the world does it somewhere in late November or early December, northern Italians have the feast of Saint Ambrose, when they pull out Santa, garlands and other winter toys from their dusty boxes. Each year on December 7, Milan’s main Christmas tree switches on along with other thousands of cozy city Christmas lights and tiny home nativity scenes (presepe) that every Italian family gets ready for the Eve.

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Buona Pasqua! E buon appetito!

Buona Pasqua! E buon appetito!

TRADITIONS
Only few days are left before the Santa Pasqua! This Sunday our small Italy and the whole Christian world will celebrate the great festivity in honor of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each involved country has its special recipes for the occasion.

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