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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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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 La Festa della Befana and Epiphany on January 6th

According to Christian tradition, January 6th is the date on which the 3 wise men finally arrived at the stable in Bethlehem to offer Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The occasion is celebrated as Epiphany, Epifania in Italian, … Continue reading

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Celebrating San Martino in Venice

The day starts quietly enough. Street sweepers prepare the city. Church bells call the faithful to worship. And the Grand Canal gently fills with vaporetti water-buses as locals go off to school and work. The Venetian tranquility is, however, abruptly … Continue reading

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