Monthly Archives: February 2016

29th February – Italians invented the leap year, who knew?

Every fourth year we get an extra day for free on February 29th. And 2016 is one of those years. Which got me thinking. Why do we have leap years and who came up with the idea? Was it just … Continue reading

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What’s On in Italy in March

In the ancient Roman calendar March, or Martius, marked the end of winter and start of spring. Named after Mars, the god of war and legendary father of Rome’s founders Romulus and Remus, March signaled the beginning of the farming … Continue reading

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Top 6 reasons to visit Forlì, Emilia-Romagna

Forlì, pronounced For-LEE, may not be a name that you’re immediately familiar with, but if you’re visiting central Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region its one to add to your list, especially if you’re an art or architecture lover. Known in Italy for … Continue reading

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Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

For many people Valentine’s Day is a day for roses, chocolates and public declarations of affection or even proposals. For others it’s just a modern commercial rip-off. But did you ever stop to think how Valentine’s Day started? Here’s a hint … Continue reading

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What’s On in Italy in February

Even with an extra day this year February is still the shortest month of the year so we’d better get cracking, as there is plenty to cram in including carnival, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s day! Ready? Pronti? Lets dive … Continue reading

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