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4 ideas for an Italian summer meal

Here are four quick and fresh dishes that Italians love in summer If you think that Italian cuisine is all about fried food, lasagne, elaborate dishes, you definitely need to read this article. And if you are looking for some basic yet tasty ideas, you’re in the right place! In summertime it’s quite hard to … Continued

Our Tribute to Ennio Morricone

Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone passed away a few weeks ago and this is our tribute to the Maestro On July 6th, another Italian genius passed away. Ennio Morricone, eclectic and prolific composer and conductor, leaves us his timeless compositions, and Rome, his hometown, dedicates its music complex Auditorium Parco della Musica to him. … Continued

Italian movies at the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival

The ICFF is back with a new format: the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival is about to start and we want to give you some advice on the Italian films on schedule Outdoor cinema is one of the unique ingredients of summertime in the city. After all, what’s more fun, engaging and social than grabbing some … Continued

Welcome back to Italian museums!

Italian museums and cultural sites are reopening their doors to visitors, and so let’s discover some of them After the months-long lockdown, Italy has started reopening museums, archives, libraries, archeological sites and churches to the public. Since everyone’s health is a priority, only the cultural sites able to guarantee safety and social distancing measures have been able to welcome … Continued

Learn Italian while watching TV

Some tips to improve your Italian by watching The Trial and other TV series Have you always dreamt of learning Italian by watching TV? Do you remember what we told you about immersion? Watching a TV show in Italian will help you boost your linguistic skills if you know how to do it. How to learn Italian with … Continued

Italy reopens restaurants and cafĂŠs

In Italy, bars, cafĂŠs and restaurants are open again. Let’s discover what’s going on. After three months spent between stovetop and the oven, experimenting (more or less successfully) with new, traditional dishes or refined recipes from celebrity chefs’ cookbooks, we Italians can finally return to our favorite restaurants. Or at least we hope we can.  … Continued

The remarkable success of My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend is a resounding international success both as a book and as a TV series. Let’s discover something about the protagonists We will probably have to wait until next spring to watch the third season of My Brilliant Friend – Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, HBO is broadcasting the last episodes … Continued

Four interesting places you can visit from home

Not only museums: there are many other interesting places where you can discover more about Italian culture and history Our virtual tour of Italian museums ended at the Vatican Museums, but our journey to discover Italian cultural heritage continues today, not far away from the Vatican City. All the following places brim with history and … Continued

Have a sweet and colourful Easter

Let’s discover a traditional Easter cake from Southern Italy that will brighten up your table In spite of the proverb ‘Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi’, Italians tend to celebrate the main religious festivities with their family. This Easter may be smaller but nothing will stop us from preparing a proper Easter lunch. … Continued

Stay home and learn Italian with us

Our tips to turn your home into a perfect learning environment How many times have you heard that, if you really want to become proficient in a language, all you need is immersion? You will be happy to hear that immersion doesn’t mean living in another country, but living in another language. I know what … Continued

Visit Italian museums online

Due to the Covid-19 health emergency, Italian museums and archeological sites are closed, but their websites and social media accounts are there for you Spring is usually considered the ideal season to visit Italy, in particular its cittĂ  d’arte, and many of you may have planned a trip in this period. Unfortunately we cannot replace your … Continued

6 fun ways to learn Italian (plus some bonus tips)

Carnival may be over, but you can still have fun learning Italian!  Carnival is the merriest period of the year. You can wear a costume, do pranks, eat delicious fried treats. And the good news is that we can tap into this joyful mood to improve our language skills. Scientific studies show that being in … Continued

The spectacular Carnival of Viareggio in Tuscany

The carnival season is coming to an end, but there is still time to get to know one of Italy’s most famous celebrations: il Carnevale di Viareggio. The story of the renowned Carnevale di Viareggio is far less famous than the event itself. It all began in February 1873, when a group of young gentlemen … Continued

Parma, Italian Capital of Culture 2020

With the slogan La cultura batte il tempo Parma is the new Italian Capital of Culture Every year the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism designates a Capital of Culture to support and enhance its cultural activities. Nearly two years have passed since Parma was appointed the Italian Capital of Culture 2020. … Continued

What you need to know about your first time at an Italian Sagra

Eat up the culture at Toronto’s first Italian Sagra festival! This month Toronto will host its very first Italian Sagra and it promises to be a most exciting event, full of culinary and socio-cultural wonders. What’s a Sagra? Sagra entails family, friends, traditions and good food. In brief, a sagra is a rural festival held … Continued

The Top 5 Italian Dishes

Traditional Italian food Italy attracts travellers from around the world keen on exploring its art, nature and gastronomical wonders. With its rich and diverse cuisine, Italy offers a long list of famous and traditional must-eat dishes.  We have selected the top five that cannot go missing on your menu. Pizza margherita Pizza is a dish that has become transnational food, … Continued

4 tips to learn Italian

How to learn and progress with your Italian Are you ready to get Back-to-School? Hours and hours of dedication, reading, a bit of Italian grammar, some friendly conversation and so much more will help for sure, but there are a few tricks to improve your Italian and make these hours of hard work really pay … Continued

Venice, Dior and the Tiepolo Ball

by Sebastiano Bazzichetto Without a doubt, Venice – once the seat of the mightiest maritime empire – has represented the perfect setting not only for the Carnevale stravaganza but also for many, lavish parties and balls. This is the case of Le Bal Oriental, hosted by an eccentric millionaire at his Venetian palazzo on September the 3rd, … Continued

Easter Dove ~ La colomba di Pasqua

Known in North America as Easter Panettone, the “colomba di Pasqua” – literally, the Easter dove – is a typical Italian cake eaten at this time of the year, as Italians celebrate Easter, feasting on chocolate eggs and bunnies along the way.  The name of the modern “colomba di Pasqua” refer to the commercial idea the … Continued

Le icone del design italiano #2

Continua il viaggio alla scoperta degli oggetti che hanno segnato il design in Italia e nel mondo. Con l’espressione design italiano si fa riferimento a tutte le forme di disegno industriale inventate e realizzate in Italia, compresa la progettazione di interni, la progettazione urbana, il design della moda e la progettazione architettonica. Radio Cubo TS502 … Continued

Marella Agnelli. The Last Swan. In Memoriam

*translated and adapted from the blog A Venetian in Toronto Born into one of the most aristocratic families of Southern Italy, her full name would have been Marella Agnelli Duchess of Melito, Princess of Caracciolo di Castagneto and Neapolitan Patrician by blood and birth. But for her whole life, once she came under the scrutiny … Continued

Carnival temptations

In Italy we have sweets and cakes for every occasion. Whether we have to honor a patron saint or the remembrance of an olden battle, we have plenty of greedy treats to celebrate it properly. The Carnevale is one of those festivities and everything must be rigorously fried. So forget your diet and guilt, and … Continued

Carnevale veneziano: vi presentiamo la Bauta!

A Venezia il periodo del Carnevale era (ed è) il momento piĂš adatto per i travestimenti e le mascherate. L’Arte dei Mascareri (mascherai) aveva un proprio statuto, chiamato la Mariegola, conservato nell’Archivio di Stato di Venezia e risale al 1436: con il doge Francesco Foscari, la festa di Carnevale diventa un’occasione che si ripeteva ogni … Continued

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