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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The Ancient Theatre in Taormina

Located on the eastern shores of Sicily, Taormina is a popular travel destination which isn’t really a surprise given its beautiful medieval streets overflowing with flowers, stunning views and lively piazzas.                       And that’s not all! One of Taormina’s most popular attractions is its very old amphitheatre. You’ll sometimes see it…

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Five Stunning Castles in Puglia

The region of Puglia, located in the south east of Italy, makes up the heel of Italy’s boot and is almost entirely surrounded by two seas – the Adriatic and the Ionian. As you can probably imagine, its important and strategic geographical position made it a highly desirable place to settle as well as control and as a result the…

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Calabrian Easter Traditions You May Not Know

Easter in Italy is one of the most important religious periods of the year, even more so than Christmas. So, as you can probably imagine, it’s kind of a big deal. And like all festivals and celebrations in Italy, there are traditions that have been passed on through generations that are still very much present today. The Easter holidays change…

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