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Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Why Italians Love Celebrating Christmas

Posted by Mira Todorova on November 27 2016

It’s not just the seven fishes.

The Christmas season in Italy shares similarities with its counterpart in America. We both decorate our houses and streets with lights and wreaths. Many attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. We both have gift exchanges with family, and the day after Christmas is spent with all the leftovers. In regions of northern Italy, more and more evergreen trees are being brought into homes to be decorated by families.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, winter, italian food

4 Famous Italian Foods Harvested Only in the Fall

4 Famous Italian Foods Harvested Only in the Fall

Posted by Darya Camacci on September 11 2016

Autumn may not be the most popular time to visit Italy, but is, in fact, one of the best times to come, especially if you are a lover of Italian cuisine and culture.

The cities may be a little emptier, the lines at famous museums a little shorter, and the beaches more quiet.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, fall

10 Of The Weirdest And Most Interesting Superstitions In Italy

10 Of The Weirdest And Most Interesting Superstitions In Italy

Posted by Darya Camacci on August 26 2016

Superstitions are those things that every country seems to have but what do you know about Italian superstitions?

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Topics: italian culture, history

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

15 Interesting And Weird Facts About The Renaissance

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 21 2016

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.

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Topics: Insider, italian culture, art, history

Seafood: An Italian Essential

Seafood: An Italian Essential

Posted by Mira Todorova on August 19 2016

Eating fresh seafood is a part of life in Italy.

Italy has hundreds of fishing ports and numerous fishing villages. With its vast coastline and an economy dependent on fishing, Italy has the second largest number of people working in the industry, after Spain. Although European Union policies have required sustainable fishing practices, and certain types of fishing are either restricted or outlawed entirely, it is possible to enjoy many varieties of fresh seafood there.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food

What to Know About Cooking the Perfect Tomato Sauce

What to Know About Cooking the Perfect Tomato Sauce

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on August 12 2016

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. 

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, history

10 Interesting Things About Ferragosto

10 Interesting Things About Ferragosto

Posted by Mira Todorova on August 7 2016

 There is a national holiday in Italy that most outsiders would not know about, a holiday almost bigger than Christmas for many Italians. That holiday is called Ferragosto.

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Topics: italian culture, travel

Outdoor Rome is Endlessly Fascinating

Outdoor Rome is Endlessly Fascinating

Posted by Mira Todorova on July 17 2016

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.

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Topics: italian culture, architecture, travel, Rome, history

9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

9 Italian Desserts Your Sweet Tooth Will Love

Posted by Darya Camacci on July 15 2016

In keeping with their love for food, Italians have made an art of cooking desserts as well.

If you love sweets, you are certain to fall in love with something on this list.

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Topics: italian culture, italian food, dessert

Year-round Fun: Moena and the San Pellegrino Pass

Year-round Fun: Moena and the San Pellegrino Pass

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on July 10 2016

Surrounded by dramatic mountains, the town of Moena in northeastern Italy in the region of Trentino, is a year-round destination for both locals and visitors.

Moena is a UNESCO “World Heritage natural site” in a country that has more than its share, 44, of UNESCO sites. In awarding this distinction, the residents’ enthusiastic commitment to preserving the land was noted by the agency.

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Topics: alps, italian culture, northern Italy