Italian traditions

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

The old, charming lady is turning 2768 next week: following the tradition, indeed, April 21st marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Eternal City by Romulus in 753 BC. After Roman age, when the city foundation was regularly celebrated with a ceremony called Palilia, its occurring in modern time dates…
WHEN IN ROME… HAVE EASTER BREAKFAST AS ROMANS DO

WHEN IN ROME… HAVE EASTER BREAKFAST AS ROMANS DO

Easter traditions in Italy are so full of homemade dishes that they will hardly feel in awe of the widely celebrated Christmas ones. The world of bread is no exception. Each region has its own. Sometimes they are called directly bread, other times focaccia, pizza, etc. There are recipes both…
BAROQUE FIREWOKS AND PARADES AT ROMAN CARNIVAL

BAROQUE FIREWOKS AND PARADES AT ROMAN CARNIVAL

Carnival in Rome gives the chance for a trip back to Renaissance and Baroque age. Celebrations of this yearly event in the Eternal City take visitors into colors, customs and atmospheres which were in vogue five hundred years ago: masquerades, horse parades and even fireworks have been set up in…
CARNIVAL: A STORY OF MASKS, PARADES, BATTLES AND FOOD!

CARNIVAL: A STORY OF MASKS, PARADES, BATTLES AND FOOD!

One of the most typical Italian festivity has just begun: Carnival. For about two weeks this ancient tradition, which has likely its roots in pagan and pre-Christian cults, will live again all over Italy with more or less emphasis according to the region. Some cities gained popularity far beyond national…
MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL… “BELLISSIMA”!

MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL… “BELLISSIMA”!

A brand new exhibit at Maxxi Museum of Rome glorifies Italian excellence in fashion design: on display 80 haute couture garments and jewels dating back to the period between 1945 and 1968. A piece of Italian history throughout the work of the greatest designers who, soon after the Second World…
NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

Every December since 1976 an exhibit in Rome celebrates the 8-centuries-old Italian tradition of Nativity scenes building, an art going back to the time of St. Francis. It’s “100 Presepi”, hosted by the worth-visiting location of Sale del Bramante, besides the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in the heart…