Sweets for Father’s Day and the Festa di San Giuseppe

Today is the Festa di San Giuseppe, or St. Joseph’s Day and there are so many people celebrating this special day. Let’s start with the Sicilians, who for many of them look at St. Joseph as their patron saint. You see, during the Middle Ages it is believed that St. Joseph saved Sicily from a severe famine. Then we have…

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Carnevale in Calabria

This weekend you can be absolutely certain there is some sort of Carnival festivity happening in pretty much every part of Italy. You see, Carnival is kind of a big deal here in the bel paese and many celebrations have already been in full swing since last week. Sure, the most extravagant celebrations can be found further north in Venice…

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Saint Valentine and the Calabrian seaside town of Belvedere Marittimo

It’s Valentine’s Day and people all over the world will be celebrating with their loved ones, whether it’s gifting flowers, candy or enjoying a romantic dinner for two. Valentine’s Day is linked to Saint Valentine of Terni, the saint for love, couples, and young people. Details on the life of Saint Valentine aren’t clear, but it is believed that he…

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Ski Resorts in Calabria

If you close your eyes and think of Calabria, you probably imagine beautiful coastlines and gorgeous beaches. And you wouldn’t be wrong; Calabria is well-known for its incredible seaside towns. But, Calabria is also home to incredible lush mountain ranges that, during the winter months, are a great place to visit. Calabria has three National Parks and within those parks…

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The Epiphany: The Night When Animals Speak

The Epiphany is a cherished holiday in Italy that is rich with traditions, legends, and other strange events. It is the closing chapter of the Italian Christmas season and is usually the time when families take down their Christmas trees and pack up their presepi until next Christmas. The Epiphany, which takes place on January 6, marks the day the…

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Italy Lovers

It’s that time of year again! We are making our list, and checking it twice, as we go on the hunt for the perfect gift for our friends and family. If, by chance, one of these important people on your list loves everything Italian, well, we’ve got some great gift ideas that will certainly help you make a “bella figura”….

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Christmas Markets in Calabria

There is something about the Christmas season that makes you feel all warm and cozy inside. That Christmas-y feeling you get as December unfolds and the temperatures begin to drop and perhaps, if you’re lucky, a sprinkling of snow falls outside. In Italy, the Mercatini di Natale, or Christmas Markets, are popping up everyone and we can’t be more excited…

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Calabrian Christmas Treats

Christmas is a time of year that is just bursting at the seams with traditions and many of them, especially in Calabria, include food. During the Christmas season, Italian kitchens are working overtime to prepare delicious Christmas sweets in abundance. It is next to impossible to experience Christmas in Calabria without seeing or eating these three Christmas treats. They are…

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Beware of These Italian Superstitions

Halloween is usually associated with evil spirits, ghost stories and witchery. But, just because Halloween isn’t celebrated in Italy, that doesn’t mean that the Italians don’t believe in bad luck and superstitions. In fact, the day to day lives and general culture of Italians is very heavily revolved around many different superstitions, some stranger than others. The malocchio, or evil…

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Sagre in Calabria: The Bountiful Chestnut Harvest

There is just something about the fall season with its fresh scents, crispy breezes, changing colors, cozy sweaters and delicious comfort foods that make it a favorite season for so many people. One of the things we love most about this season has to be the many sagre that take place to celebrate the harvest of so many important types…

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