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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

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 più 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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