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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Hunting Swordfish in Chianalea in Scilla

Scilla is a picturesque fishing village located in the province of Reggio Calabria on the western Tyrrhenian Coast. Within Scilla, you’ll find the seafront neighborhood called Chianalea. Built directly on the seafront, its narrow streets and pastel-colored houses are so charming. And as the sun sets, the village’s lights reflect in the nearby water making it utterly enchanting. Chianalea prides…

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Our Top 6 Southern Italian Sites to Visit in 2016

It’s impossible to choose just one word to describe Southern Italy: rugged, historic, enchanting, captivating, mysterious, unforgettable…are only a handful that come to mind. It’s hard to believe sometimes that it’s still relatively unknown to many travelers outside of Italy. We know that the South of Italy has so much to offer travelers, and it’s finally starting to get more…

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