May 30 2016 / Local Interest

Memorial Day – Italian Style


– We’re proudly republishing this poignant note by Rick (Russo) Hayden of the 36th Division Association, in light of yesterday’s

July 27 2015 / Places

Finding “a Virgil” in Sperlonga

Sperlonga, Lazio

“No time to leave fruit in your apartment, Anna, but try these,” dark-haired Rocco urged, as he plucked juicy midnight

June 8 2015 / Places

Lipari: Among the Volcanos

Lipari, Sicilia

Nestled amongst the Aeolian Islands, Lipari is the largest island of this volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of

May 1 2015 / Events

Primo Maggio

Rome, Italy

In Italy il Primo Maggio (May First, aka May day) means many different things depending on whom you’re asking. To

April 3 2015 / Events

Auguri di Pasqua


Hardly an interaction with someone occurs today without a heartfelt exchange of wishes. Auguri di Pasqua (Easter wishes) are exchanged

April 2 2015 / Food & Wine

Spring’s Secret Agent

Sant'Agata de' Goti, Campania

The other day I was walking by the pharmacy in my little town of S. Agata dè Goti. It is

January 13 2015 / Local Interest

Gli Avanzi Natalizi…


For weeks they were the pride of the aisles! Front stage center, there was no doubt about who played the

December 24 2014 / Events

Omnibus Salutem Plurimam…


(This note has become a tradition in its own right here at ItalianNotebook.. re-publishing it for both the newer as

December 18 2014 / Local Interest

Presepio Figurines


‘Tis the season when it seems that everywhere you turn in Italy there is a presepio (nativity scene). Whether they’re

December 12 2014 / Events

Presepi in a Presepe

Artena, Lazio

Throughout history, this hilltop town just south of Rome was infamous for being a den for brigands. The reason for

October 21 2014 / Places

A Photo Tour of Elba

Isola d'Elba, Tuscany

The island of Elba, positioned about 20kms off the Tuscan coast, is easily accessible by ferry from Piombino, south of

October 13 2014 / Local Interest

Ottobrata Romana

Rome, Italy

To this day people refer to the ottobrata romana (Roman October) when speaking of a mild, still warm autumn day.

February 24 2014 / Food & Wine

Time for Castagnole

Piegaro, Umbria

During the weeks of Carnevale, it is a tradition to eat a lot of sweets because we want to pig

January 7 2014 / Events

La Befana


Italian children are just luckier. They receive gifts from both Babbo Natale (“Father Christmas”) on December 25th AND from la

December 20 2013 / Events

Natale del Poverello

Assisi, Umbria

In Assisi, the contest of “presepi artistici” is on! The locals (including school classes) create cribs in every imaginable artistic

March 28 2013 / Local Interest

Blessed Easter Abundance


Driving through the Umbrian countryside during the week prior to Easter, you’ll note whiffs of smoke drifting up from the

February 15 2013 / Events

The Winter Saints

Perugia, Umbria

I’ve dubbed them santi d’inverno (winter saints), three patron saints of Umbrian medieval towns, Trevi, Foligno and Perugia: early Christian

December 21 2011 / Events

Solstice, alla Romana

Rome, Lazio

An amazing moment in the holiday season occurs today in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri , every year.

April 20 2009 / Events

Palio di Bomarzo


In the town of Bomarzo, up the hill from the famous Park of the Monsters, a Palio is held each

April 15 2009 / Events

Easter Rites


Se piove sulla palma, non piove sulle uova… says an old proverb describing the weather between Palm Sunday and Easter.

April 10 2009 / Events

Good Friday


On Good Friday the men and boys of each confraternita (charitable religious brotherhood) depart from their particular church wearing different

April 9 2009 / Food & Wine

Girlfriends: Cheesecake?


What with the Easter holidays coming up, I decided to inquire with my girlfriends about the recipe of one of