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

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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.

The Mille Miglia 2020: Drive in This Famous Race!

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The Mille Miglia 2020: Drive in this famous race!
You could watch the cars in the historic recreation of the Mille Miglia or be driving one in it. Known as “the most beautiful race in the world” the Mille Miglia (or 1000 miles) takes place this year from May 13 to16. Whether you want to take part as a spectator or participant, this historic rally through Italy attracts car enthusiasts from around the world.

Rome New Year's Day Parade

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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).



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!

An Unconventional Thanksgiving in Italy

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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.

Milan is ready for Christmas!

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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.

Christmas vibes and Swarovski tree in the heart of Milan

Christmas in Milan

Stunning 12 meters high Christmas tree decorated with thousands of lights and fineries, and crowned with a precious silver star-shaped tip magically appeared about a week ago in the heart Milan. Babbo Natale, the Italian brother of Santa Clause, put this sparkling marvel right in center of the renewed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in front of Swarovski boutique.