Monthly Archives: March 2015

Venice Ghetto, 500 years old

The Italian language has given us many words. Pizza, pasta, primadonna, opera, ballerina, soprano; the list goes on and on! But did you know the Italians also gave us the word ghetto, meaning enclave or inner-city slum? In fact the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Venice, Happy New Year Florence – 25th March

Although no records exist documenting the actual founding of the beautiful city of Venice, tradition pinpoints the moment to exactly 12 noon on March 25th, 421 AD. Or to put it another way, the moment that the first church of … Continue reading

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Celebrating Father’s Day with San Giuseppe, 19th March 2015

With the internet and social media still a-buzz with talk of “synthetic babies” and debate over what makes a “tradtional family” its perhaps timely that today is, for many countries including Italy, Father’s Day. Celebrating fathers, fatherhood and the influence … Continue reading

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The birth of Italy, 17th March 1861

Italy has a history that stretches back thousands of years and includes the Etruscans of Tuscany, the ancient Roman empire and Charles the Great (Charlemagne), otherwise known as the “Father of Europe”. Many of its 61 million population are descendants … Continue reading

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Beware the Ides of March!

Caesar : Who is it in the press (crowd) that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, Cry ‘Caesar!’ – Speak! Caesar is turn’d to hear. Soothsayer : Beware the Ides of March. Caesar : … Continue reading

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Italian fashion for designer dogs!

Venetians love their dogs, that’s plain to see. They dote on them like another child, carrying them around and taking them everywhere including into bars, shops and even restaurants. And why not, they’re a great conversation starter and who doesn’t … Continue reading

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Famous Italians born today – Amerigo Vespucci, born March 9th 1454

If Amerigo Vespucci isn’t a name that you’re particularly familiar with, let me enlighten you with 12 fascinating facts about the man who gave his name to, not just one, but two continents! Vespucci was an explorer in the early … Continue reading

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