Carnevale: 5 things to do in Italy

Carnevale is one of Italy’s biggest winter festival, celebrated in every town from the end of January. All over Italy you can found masquerade balls, costume parties and parades along the streets and in the squares. Masks, sweets and having fun are the most important things during Carnival: it’s a chance to be happy and cheerful, to dress up in costumes, even if you are not a child anymore! Continue reading

European Heritage Days 2015 in Italy

Like every year, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism (MiBACT) adheres to the European Heritage Days (EHD), promoted to strengthen and increase dialogue and exchange in cultures among the European nations. It is an important occasion to reaffirm the central role of culture in the dynamics of the Italian society. Continue reading

Traditional Italian Easter Food: Colomba, chocolate eggs and lamb.

Easter, like every holiday in Italy, has its own special food. Since Easter is the end of the Lent season, food is always very rich and nourisching. You can find a very large amount of recipes, in every single region and city, of typical cakes or breads, sweet or savoury. Here you can find some of the typical region recipes: from Northern Italy and from Southern Italy. But in every part of Italy you can find dishes based on lamb, eggs, and the Colomba. Continue reading

Easter 2014 in Rome and Vatican City – Part 2: tips and links

papa francescoTickets for seats at Easter Mass in Saint Peter’s Square are free, but capacity is limited, so you need to book as far in advance as possible. If you are planning to be in Rome for Easter, contact the Chancery offices of your local diocese to arrange for tickets to be reserved for you. For more informations click here. It’s possible to attend the services without a ticket, but you should plan on standing. Continue reading

Italian Carnival: Rome and Viareggio

Carnival is an ancient festival which is celebrated all over Italy: from Venice to Viareggio, from Rome to Sardinia and Sicily, every single city has its events, masquerade balls, parades and parties taking place in the streets, piazzas and restaurants. It’s a chance to have fun, not only for the young, dressed up in costumes. Continue reading