Category Archives: Italian traditions

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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Babbo Natale invades Venice!

If you’ve ever been in Venice on the last weekend before Christmas you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve had one too many mulled wines as you’ll start to see double. Or maybe triple. In fact you’ll be seeing Santa … Continue reading

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8 fascinating facts about Christmas in Italy

Every country has its own Christmas traditions. If you’re British, like me, you’re probably elbow-deep in card-writing, tinsel and fir tree needles by now….and the cat is probably eying up the tree! If you’re Australian, maybe you’re getting the BBQ … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Intricate Burano Lace

Burano, a pastel-painted island in the Venetian lagoon, prides itself on being the oldest centre of needle lace making in the world. Using an embroidered technique the first lace dates back to the 1500s when production took place in houses … Continue reading

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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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