Carnevale in Italia: Le Chiacchiere

“Le Chiacchiere” are a traditional Italian sweet, made during the period of Carnival.  I’ve also heard people call them “Bugie”. It is a simple recipe involving a flour dough which is rolled out and cut into strips and twisted.  They are then fried and excessively […]

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Bring on Christmas!

If you follow International news, especially news regarding Italy, you know that we have been and still are in an economic crisis.  I will admit that when the “c” word started to make its rounds on the news circuit, I didn’t think much of it.  […]

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L’Epifania and La Befana

Viene, viene la Befana Vien dai monti a notte fonda Come è stanca! la circonda Neve e gelo e tramontana! Viene, viene la Befana American children leave a stocking out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve (December 23th) however here in Italy children leave a […]

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La Fiera di San Giuseppe ~ Cosenza (CS)

Cosenza welcomes Spring with a centuries old tradition, La Fiera di San Giuseppe or the Saint Joseph’s Fair.  This outdoor market is one of the oldest and most important traditions in Cosenza and dates back hundreds of years ago to 1234 when it was first […]

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La Festa Della Donna ~ March 8, 2012

La festa della donna (Women’s Day) takes place on March 8th every year.  It’s a day to celebrate and appreciate all the incredible, strong and sensational women in our lives.  In Italy, the most popular gift for women on this special day is the Mimosa […]

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Buona Festa Delle Donne

La Festa delle donne or International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8th.  It is a day that is celebrated not only in Italy but in other European countries as well.  The roots and origins of this festival vary depending on the source.  […]

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Buon San Valentino

It shouldn’t be any surprise that a day like Valentine’s Day would have its roots in Ancient Rome.  Italy has always been known for its romance and public displays of love.  Whether it’s the couple smooching at the table in the restaurant beside you, or […]

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