Category Archives: Festivals

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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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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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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Celebrating the Festa delle Donne, 8th March

This weekend Italians are preparing to celebrate the Festa delle donne, otherwise known as International Women’s Day, with Mimosa flowers, cakes and festive events. The revelries are a little over-shadowed by a report, published this week, showing a yawning pay … Continue reading

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Celebrating Venetian New Year, 1st March

Bon Cao de Ano a tuti i me amighi Venessiani!  Happy New Year to all my Venetian friends! Yep, you read that right and no I haven’t gone mad – March 1st is New Year’s Day for in Venice. And in … Continue reading

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