Category Archives: All Things Italian

How Italians Celebrate Halloween

Italian Halloween Celebration Halloween is an especially popular day in Italy among members of the younger set, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want an excuse to play pranks and dress up and receive candy by the ton? This festival was imported wholesale by Italians from the United States with the help of television, film, and other sources of pop culture – in Italy, they are more used to spending All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day religiously, in an austere fashion, but this tradition has been changing in recent years. Carnevale Perhaps this is because Italy has its own version of Halloween: two weeks before Lent, they celebrate Carnevale, an enormous winter festival complete with parades, masked balls, entertainment, music, partying and food. Masks are an important part of Carnevale, which draws parallel to how Halloween is celebrated in the United States with masks and costumes as well. The origins [...]

Introduction to Alba in Italy

The Town of Alba, Home of Ferrero All over the world, people love chocolates. With many well-known chocolate brands competing for the title of being the world’s best, Italy is no stranger to this sweet confectionary delight either. If you’re familiar with names such as Nutella, Ferrero Rochere and Kinder, then you’ll be happy to know that Italy can satisfy your sweet tooth for travel. In today’s video, we’ll be talking about Alba, the home of Ferrero, which is best known for its world famous chocolate brands. Travelers who are looking to enjoy the sweet treats that Italy has to offer will definitely want to put Alba on their list of travel destinations. So if you’re interested in chocolates and wine while taking in the sights, then this is definitely the place for you! This presentation is also available on Slideshare!

Tips on What to Wear for the Autumn Weather in Italy

What to Wear for the Autumn Weather in Italy As you may already know, there are many good reasons to visit Italy during the autumn. From the better prices on air fare and accommodations, the great food, and the cooler weather, Italy in its fall colors is truly a sight to see. When preparing for your trip, however, one of the biggest questions that you may ask yourself will most likely be, “What should I wear?” Planning your outfits is actually an important factor to consider since you don’t want to overpack, mostly because as many seasoned travelers will warn you, extra baggage fees with airlines can cost an arm and a leg. Also, you’d really want to leave some space in your bags for all the souvenirs and other items that you’d be bringing back from your trip. This is why in order to help you out with your [...]

Introducing the Town of Atrani at the Amalfi Coast in Italy

The Town of Atrani at the Amalfi Coast in Italy One of the great things about Italy‬ is that you will never be out of options… even when it comes to the climate. So even though ‪autumn‬ has set in, if you’re looking for some place warm, try checking out the cozy town of ‪‎Atrani‬ over at the ‪‎Amalfi Coast‬! In this second part of our series where we talk about the smaller, lesser-known, but absolutely beautiful towns in Italy, we’re going to tell you about places that are off the beaten path, and today we’re featuring the sunny little town of Atrani! It is a town on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It is located in the south of Amalfi, less than half a mile, and just several a short drive from the coast. It is the smallest city in [...]

Four Italian Film Festivals in Autumn You Shouldn’t Miss

Four Italian Film Festivals in Autumn You Shouldn’t Miss Italy during the autumn months is a wonderful place to be. The rolling landscapes will be taking on the golden colors of fall, and the temperatures are dropping to a comfortable range compared to the heat of the summer months. Not to mention, food will also be in abundance as the harvest season arrives, and there will be a large number of food festivals happening within the country at this time. And what’s one of the best things to do while enjoying delicious food and snacks? Watch a movie, of course. Not a lot of people may be aware of the fact that autumn is also the season for theater and cinema in Italy, as the climate encourages people to seek entertainment indoors instead. Hence, a lot of cultural events also abound during these months, and some of the most prominent [...]

7 Reasons to Visit Italy in Autumn

7 Reasons to visit Italy in Autumn With the arrival of the month of September, Italy’s summer season officially comes to a close and the country begins gearing up for autumn. From a traveler’s perspective, this period is considered as off-season, though we think that this label may be a little misleading as it makes it sound like nothing interesting happens in the country at this time and that it’s not particularly interesting to visit at the moment. This sort of impression couldn’t be more wrong, of course, as the lovely country of Italy never ceases to provide visitors with new experiences, even as it puts on its fall colors. While summer may be a busy season, the hum of activity doesn’t really stop. It just changes flavor. So for those who are wondering why it might be worth taking that trip during the last few months of the year, [...]

Video: The Sights of Venice, Italy

Sights of Venice, Italy The small but renowned city of Venice is known by many names, including La Serenissima, or “The Most Serene,” as homage to the fact that stone palaces seemed to be dreamily floating on water. Meanwhile, to the locals, it is “Venezia”, while to many others still, it is the City of Water, the City of Bridges, or the City of Gondole because of its numerous canals, the bridges that span them, and the world-famous gondolas that ferry people over the city’s waters. Others still, call it the City of Lights as the streets and buildings light up after sunset, and many lovers all over the world know it as The World’s Most Romantic City. For those who are still wondering if they should visit this lovely city or not, we’ve put together a short video for you show you the beautiful sights of Venice in Italy. [...]

12 More Quotes About Italy That Make You Want to Go There

12 More Quotes About Italy The beautiful country of Italy, with its lush, rolling countryside, its gorgeous shores, and its rich culture and traditions, is something that we are always passionate about. Yes, we love Italy A LOT, and we have made it our mission to try to help people experience everything that Italy has to offer, and help them fall in love with it, too. As usual, though, don’t just take our word for it. Instead, in this new set of quotes about Italy, we’ll let the words of famous artists and poets convince you just how lovely Italy can be, and that you should definitely head there soon to see for yourself what all the praise is about! We’ll never really run out of good things to say about Italy, and people who have experienced this awesome country have also found themselves in the same situation. So, in [...]

Video: Emergency Numbers In Italy

Emergency Numbers In Italy Traveling in Italy can be a real delight and a dream come true for many visitors, as one gets to finally see and experience its beautiful countryside and its rich culture. Sometimes, though, it may not be as perfect as one hopes for it to be, and we may encounter mishaps. Of course, basic knowledge on safety and precaution always helps, but when things get really out of control, who do you turn to while you’re in a foreign country? In this video, we’re going to give you a quick primer on what to do and who to call if you ever come across an emergency while on your Italian vacation. Here are the emergency numbers in Italy to remember. It includes: General emergencies Medical emergencies Roadside assistance Police Assistance Fire Brigade Assistance   Watch our video to learn more! If you would like to view [...]

Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence: Raising the Flags High

About the Bandierai degli Uffizi If you have ever been to Italy and managed to attend a major event such as the Palio horse races in Siena, or perhaps the colorful Historic Football (or Calcio Storico) in Florence, then you may have had the pleasure of also witnessing the costumed processions that precede the main events. The procession is normally composed of locals in period costumes, marching down the main road while beating drums, waving heraldic flags, and performing colorful stunts. These men are known as the Bandierai, or “flag-wavers”, and what they do is considered an art form that requires years of training to perfect. While there are many such groups throughout the country of Italy, the biggest and one of the oldest of these groups is the Bandierai degli Uffizi of Florence who officially represent their home city, and hold performances during important celebrations, giving people the chance [...]