On January 5th throughout Italy, excited children prepare for a late-night visit from La Befana by hanging up socks to be filled with small delights.
Traditional Italian Christmas food isn’t just a meal — it’s more of an event. In Italy, Christmas eating starts at lunchtime then continues well into the night.
There are many Italian Christmas traditions including the legend of La Befana, but have you ever heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes?
Taking the train in Italy connects you to the daily life of everyday Italians. In Italy, train travel is a common form of transportation between cities.
Rome is known as the Eternal City but, like any other city, it had a finite beginning and a modest one at that. Archaeologists have found traces of human habitation in the area for at least 5,000 years.
There’s an Italian wine proverb — nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono. It means: “In small barrels, there’s good wine.” A very Italian way of saying good things come in small packages.
Back when Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel, Galileo was discovering the moons of Jupiter and Leonardo da Vinci was dreaming of the future, kings and queens all over Europe fell in love with the soft, luscious and very expensive velvet produced in Venice.
When you're looking for things to do in Venice, there's nothing quite like connecting to the great history that the city has to offer. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of The Floating City to pop into Caffè Florian, one of the world's oldest cafes.
Many of us enjoy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning or in the middle of our workday. We may not be aware of the cultural rituals that exist around our daily cup, but they’re there nonetheless.
Any well-informed Florentine of the mid-15th century would have recognized the distinctive profile of Il Magnifico — Lorenzo the Magnificent de’ Medici (b. 1449 - d. 1492). His was not a handsome face but it was a memorable one.