Superstitions are those things that every country seems to have but what do you know about Italian superstitions?
The Renaissance is one of the most important cultural movements in human history. Its effects and influence were far reaching, spreading throughout all of Europe and later influencing many areas of culture and society that led to the modern era we know today.
Let’s talk tomatoes.
Before we do, note that Italian food is much more than tomato sauce, and Italian cuisine varies widely in the different regions of the country.
Another myth we’d like to dispel is that Italians eat spaghetti and meatballs. Actually, Italian-Americans eat spaghetti and meatballs. Americans are notable for adding meat to traditional dishes.
A monastery and a basilica are not the same thing, though we tend to conflate them.
A monastery is a place where religious clergy devote their lives in isolation. Think of cloistered monks and nuns living in seclusion. A monastery has no public functions.
The world's largest church is at the Vatican, of course, but you may be surprised to learn the location of Europe's largest art collection.
If you said Florence or Paris, you'd be wrong. The Vatican Museums house the largest number of artworks in Europe with more than 65,000 pieces.
The Catholic Church's central role in Italy's history and culture means that the entire country is brimming with extraordinary churches and other religious institutions, most of them centuries old.
Matera in Basilicata is a town in southern Italy that, unlike the hugely popular Cinque Terre, is trying to increase tourism.
Its ancient town, the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera), is a unique limestone city carved into a steep hill. Matera has been the location for many films, including the "The Passion of the Christ." The area where Matera is now has been inhabited for an estimated 7,000 years, making it one of the oldest places in the world.
If you like being outdoors while vacationing, Rome is the city for you.
The city on the Tiber is glorious all year round, with moderate temperatures in the winter, ideal sunny weather in the spring and fall, and for those who thrive in warm weather, sultry summers.
A small museum in Florence that is wonderful for children is the Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) on Piazza dei Giudici.
Your kids will enjoy learning about scientific concepts in an interactive, hands-on way. Many workshops and tours are offered in English and all the displays are translated.
Naples and the Campania region overall combine hedonistic indulgence with historical significance, not unlike the rest of Italy!
The Campania region in western Italy was the playground of emperors once upon a time and now is loved by the world's famous. Its history, with numerous civilizations vying for control over centuries, makes it rich in archaeological significance.