History & culture

Italy Unites for Assisi's Feast of St. Francis

October 2018 |
Il 4 ottobre si celebra la festa di San Francesco, il ‘poverello di Assisi’ e santo tra i più amati e venerati in tutto il mondo e che nel 1939 venne proclamato Patrono d’Italia da Papa Pio XII. Da allora ogni anno una regione diversa – che...

Halloween in Italy - An old Tradition in the New Generation

October 2018 |
When an Italian thinks of a mask-wearing festival in Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is Carnevale. When an Italian thinks of fall celebrations, All Saints Day and All Souls Day may be what come to mind as well. There are already many...

The Cassone in Renaissance Italy

October 2018 |
Large decorative chests known as cassoni remained the most popular type of furniture in use in the homes of the Italian urban elite during the 14th through the 16th centuries. They were one of the trophy furnishings of rich merchants and...

Thinking About Italians

October 2018 |
During my first airplane ride to the U.S., a blonde hostess asked me if I wanted ice in my ginger ale. I kindly declined thinking to myself “ice, with this cold?” It was October, we were thousands of feet above the ground and I was already...

Le Superstizioni Italiane

October 2018 |
With the arrival of fall comes many things. The air is crisper, the leaves are crunchier and the superstitions are numerous. Superstitions come in a variety, from the mundane to the extreme. In October, the belief in these superstitions becomes...

See Art for Free in Italy: Visit the Cemetery!

September 2018 |
Italy is packed with art, but not just in museums where some of the most famous paintings, sculptures and tapestries are on display. The country is full of artistic works that can be viewed free of charge. For example, sculptures can be found in...

Things You Might Not Know

September 2018 |
Ballet was invented and performed for the first time in Florence in the Italian Renaissance courts during the 15th and 16th centuries. Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian aristocrat who later became the Queen of France, brought ballet to France where...

Back to School in Italy

September 2018 |
La fine delle vacanze estive ed il rientro a scuola a settembre rappresentano un appuntamento molto importante per scolari e genitori. Il primo giorno dietro ai banchi significa anche avere tutto l’occorrente per essere preparati a varcare la...

A Civic Commission by Andrea Gritti, Doge of Venice

September 2018 |
Un manoscritto miniato è un libro scritto a mano su pergamena o pelle di animale e decorato con vernice colorata e foglie d’oro e che costituì il metodo di produzione di testi  fino all’introduzione della stampa dopo il XV secolo. Tuttavia,...
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