Southern Italian Easter Processions You Don’t Want to Miss

Easter is a very important religious holiday in Italy. This year, Easter falls on April 16 th, and the Holy Week leading up to this day is always quite busy as many are preparing for or taking part in a traditional procession that goes back generations – the Passion Play. Throughout Italy, towns, cities and villages organize this procession which…

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The 5 Things You Must Do In Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria is situated in the southern part of Italy. You can find it quite easily because it’s the tippy toe of the boot. It’s also one of the main hubs for those looking to get to Sicily, being just a short ferry ride away. But, Reggio Calabria is so much more than a means to get to Sicily, it…

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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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