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December 2018 Events

December 2018
Dec. 6 – St. Nicolas Feast Day, Abruzzo region. Nicholas is known as the bringer of gifts and on his feast day, many grandfathers dress up as the saint and give gifts to children, including “coal” made of sugar for those who have been bad!...


Italy in December

December 2018
While the weather in Italy may not entice you to visit in the month of December, the Christmas season should. Being in Vatican City for Christmas is a life-long dream for some travelers and for good reason. Celebrating Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s...


In Calabria, Italy a Pittsburgh-born Rabbi and a Local Catholic Priest Offer an Interfaith Memorial Service for Jews Murdered in Pittsburgh

December 2018
On Saturday evening, November 3, 2018, exactly one week following the brutal attack on American Jews, a tiny village in the mountains of Calabria, Italy, Serrastretta, offered an interfaith memorial service to honor the dead and to speak in a...


Parliamo italiano!

December 2018
The Independence Civic Center and the NOIA Foundation Cultural Committee are pleased to offer Italian Language Classes. This 8-week, 90-minute, Wednesday evening course is designed for individuals with rudimental or little knowledge of Italian or...


Severe flooding in Italy last month resulted in many deaths

December 2018
Severe flooding in Italy last month resulted in many deaths. From the floodwaters in St. Mark’s Square in Venice to the overflowing rivers in Sicily, the extreme weather claimed the lives of at least 29 people at press time. High winds flattened...


Stricter penalties on art crime after three stolen artifacts recovered in the U.S. were returned to Italy

December 2018
Italy announces stricter penalties on art crime after three stolen artifacts recovered in the U.S. were returned to Italy. The ancient Greek items, a wine carafe, a decanter for precious oils and a soup tureen, had been illegally excavated from an...


Gilberto Benetton died at the age of 77

December 2018
Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of the Italian clothing retailer United Colors of Benetton, died at the age of 77. His family told news sources that the businessman died at his home in the northern city of Treviso, where the company is based, after a...


Demonstrations across 60 Italian cities to protest divorce law reforms

December 2018
Last month, thousands took part in demonstrations across 60 Italian cities to protest divorce law reforms currently being considered by parliament that they believe are a threat to human rights. Conservative senator Simone Pillon of the League...


Il Maggio di Accettura

November 2018
The Maggio di Accettura is an ancient pagan wedding festival celebrated by the townspeople of Accettura, a mountain village of about 2,000 people in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. But, it’s not just any wedding ceremony. In honor of...


Italy Plus Tours: Not your Typical Tour Guides

November 2018
There are thousands of travel agents and tour guides that specialize in trips to Italy. However, there are not many like Giovanni Catalano and MJ Parri of Italy Plus Tours. Certainly, they, like the thousands of others, guarantee their clients will...


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