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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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