– We’re proudly republishing this poignant note by Rick (Russo) Hayden of the 36th Division Association, in light of yesterday’s
“No time to leave fruit in your apartment, Anna, but try these,” dark-haired Rocco urged, as he plucked juicy midnight
Nestled amongst the Aeolian Islands, Lipari is the largest island of this volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of
In Italy il Primo Maggio (May First, aka May day) means many different things depending on whom you’re asking. To
Hardly an interaction with someone occurs today without a heartfelt exchange of wishes. Auguri di Pasqua (Easter wishes) are exchanged
We started in the town of San Candido, way north in Italy’s Dolomites mountains, a group of 16. Everyone rented
For weeks they were the pride of the aisles! Front stage center, there was no doubt about who played the
(This note has become a tradition in its own right here at ItalianNotebook.. re-publishing it for both the newer as
When commercialism, traffic and gaudy Chinese lights begin to blight your image of what Christmas in Italy should be like, it’s time
‘Tis the season when it seems that everywhere you turn in Italy there is a presepio (nativity scene). Whether they’re
Throughout history, this hilltop town just south of Rome was infamous for being a den for brigands. The reason for
The island of Elba, positioned about 20kms off the Tuscan coast, is easily accessible by ferry from Piombino, south of
To this day people refer to the ottobrata romana (Roman October) when speaking of a mild, still warm autumn day.
Italian children are just luckier. They receive gifts from both Babbo Natale (“Father Christmas”) on December 25th AND from la
In Assisi, the contest of “presepi artistici” is on! The locals (including school classes) create cribs in every imaginable artistic
Driving through the Umbrian countryside during the week prior to Easter, you’ll note whiffs of smoke drifting up from the
I’ve dubbed them santi d’inverno (winter saints), three patron saints of Umbrian medieval towns, Trevi, Foligno and Perugia: early Christian
An amazing moment in the holiday season occurs today in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri , every year.
Se piove sulla palma, non piove sulle uova… says an old proverb describing the weather between Palm Sunday and Easter.
On Good Friday the men and boys of each confraternita (charitable religious brotherhood) depart from their particular church wearing different
What with the Easter holidays coming up, I decided to inquire with my girlfriends about the recipe of one of