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March in Italy: Holidays, Festivals, Weather

March in Italy: Holidays, Festivals, Weather

Even though Easter can fall as early as March 22, March is typically the season of Lent. But this is Italy, so the austerity of the Lenten season is tempered with a variety of secular and religious activities as well as the beginning of spring and warmer, if rainier, weather.

April in Italy: Holidays, Festivals, Weather

April in Italy: Holidays, Festivals, Weather

With spring in full swing, April starts to gets busy with outdoor events, parades, and festivals. Easter usually falls during this month and Liberation Day, on the 25th, is a national holiday.

Cityscape of Matera, Basilicata
Basilicata | Culture & Living | History

Cityscape of Matera, Basilicata

Today’s photo comes from the stony, surreal cityscape of Matera, Basilicata. I was reminded to post about the 2019 Italian Capitale della Cultura after yesterday’s announcement proclaiming Parma the Italian cultural capital for 2020. We’re currently in the Year of Palermo. Palermo, Matera, Parma…future winners are sure to be dazzling examples of all that Italy…

Rooted in Italy: The World’s First Botanical Gardens
Italy Roundtable | Parks & Nature | Venice & Veneto

Rooted in Italy: The World’s First Botanical Gardens

It has been said (too many times) that all roads lead to Rome. But did you know that you could trace botanical medicine and even the environmental movement to 16th century Italy? It was here in the city of Pisa (1544) then Padua (1545) that the world’s first botanical gardens were set up. This month’s…

Cortili Aperti: Italy’s Annual Open Courtyards Event
Art & Architecture | Festivals & Events

Cortili Aperti: Italy’s Annual Open Courtyards Event

For more than 20 years, ADSI (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane), aka the Historic Home Association of Italy, has been working in conjunction with the owners of the country’s estates and villas to bring to the public a program called Cortili Aperti, or “Open Courtyards.” The annual open courtyard event, also called Giornate ADSI, usually takes…

Naples 101: Brief Guide to Naples
Naples & Campania

Naples 101: Brief Guide to Naples

Although Naples is the third-largest city in Italy, it is not as well known as its more popular neighbors to the north, like Rome, Florence, and Venice. That’s why we’ve brought in guest poster Gabriella Sannino to tell us the basics about her adopted hometown. Naples 101 As an Italian citizen, I love writing about…