Monthly Archives: April 2015

The legend of the rosebud of St Mark’s, Venice – April 25th

La leggenda del bòcolo di San Marco, or the legend of the rosebud of St Mark’s, is a little known Venetian tradition that sees men giving their beloveds a red rosebud as a sign of their true love on April 25th. … Continue reading

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Happy 2768th Birthday Rome, 21st April!

Murder, myth and mystery surround the founding of the Italian city of Rome. According to one story, the founder was a Trojan hero, while another tells of 2 brothers fighting it out for the prize. Whatever the truth, Rome traditionally … Continue reading

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Beware Friday the 17th!

We all have our superstitions. Some refuse to walk under ladders. Others wear lucky charms or even lucky pants. And Italians dislike the number 17 so much that some hotels avoid having rooms with the number. So what’s the problem? … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Gondolas afloat in Venice

Flat-bottomed gondolas have been gliding round Venice’s water-ways for centuries. The first written reference dates back to 1094 whilst artists such as Carpaccio, Bellini and Canaletto documented the styles down through the ages. Today the classic black gondola is synonymous … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to say Happy Easter

Easter, or Pasqua, is a big deal for Italians, a very big deal. As big, if not bigger than Christmas. So as Lent, or La Quaresima, has drawn to a close, Good Friday is over and the bakeries and patisseries … Continue reading

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Famous Italians : the one and only Giacomo Casanova

The name Giacomo Casanova conjures up scenes of debauchery, womanizing and sex. And down through the ages numerous books and films have tried to capture the legendary seducer’s persona. So as we celebrate the adventurer’s 290th birthday let’s take a quick … Continue reading

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