"Italy"

La Befana only flies to Italy

La Befana only flies to Italy

On Epiphany Eve, the night before the arrival of the three Wise Men, an old lady called Befana flies the skies of all of Italy to deliver presents and sweeties, or caramelle as we call them, to children who have behaved well during the year and leaves pieces of sugar coal if they were bad.

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Off the beaten track…Rome

Off the beaten track…Rome

The capital of Italy, Rome is renowned for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With plenty of culture to sink your teeth into, all you need to enjoy this city is a good map and some comfortable shoes.

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Top 10 Street Food in Naples

Top 10 Street Food in Naples

It is certainly the most unforgettable memory tourists take home and one of the most fulfilling pleasures for nationals: street food. From London to New York, Bangkok to Naples, street food has claimed its role on the gastronomic show, getting as much attention as fine dining. Top food publications like the Italian Il Gambero Rosso and the British Time Out have very popular columns dedicated to it.

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The Neapolitan tradition of nativity

The Neapolitan tradition of nativity

In the historical centre of Naples, in Via San Gregorio Armeno, the art of nativity is a tradition more than 400 years old. The street, also known worldwide as the “street of nativity”, is famous for its many artisanal shops where artists work all year round to produce handmade figures which sizes vary from a few millimetres up to man size.

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Food, Flags and Stereotypes

Food, Flags and Stereotypes

Innate like a belly button on your belly, stereotypes between countries and their typical food have been stuck in the minds of foreigners, pigeon-holing people for centuries. No wonder that everybody believes we Italians eat pasta every day as much as Japanese people eat sushi. Sorry to disappoint people…but it doesn’t work like that…at least not anymore, not for everybody!

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How I changed my mind about learning languages

How I changed my mind about learning languages

I’d never been interested in other languages. My grandfather spoke a Sicilian dialect that was equal parts scary and impossible to understand. It was his only language, and so many people in my family spoke it with him, but not me. I was the youngest and the least interested.

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