Pinocchio Park [Video]

The delightful tale of Pinocchio is an Italian children’s classic still much loved today. And not just in Italy, but the world round! But perhaps not everyone knows the story of Pinocchio…

Pinocchio was a little boy made by a lonely old wood carver, named Geppetto. That’s right, Geppetto made his own little boy! For you see, Pinocchio started out as a little wooden marionette. But there must have been some magic in that little house where they lived, because he turned into a real live boy!  Continue reading Pinocchio Park [Video]

Come Celebrate the Dark Ages! [Video]

Have you ever wondered what Medieval life was like, or wished you could live back then? Well you can — sort of! By attending one of Italy’s Medieval festivals, from April through October.  A special time to experience the Middle Ages at its best!

Italy abounds with Medieval towns, castles, and moats, making the perfect backdrop for its Medieval festivals. Replete with knights in sporting events, pageants, and lords and ladies dancing and feasting!  Continue reading Come Celebrate the Dark Ages! [Video]

Italy’s Trabocchi Restaurants

Our local coastline, known as Italy’s Trabocchi Coast, is quite unique because of the special fishing docks along its shores. Many of which have been transformed into elegant restaurants!

So just imagine this scenario. A beautiful day, warm and sunny. A romantic 40th anniversary dinner for two. That was the special gift some dear friends of ours, Massimo and Magdalena, gave us for our anniversary!  Continue reading Italy’s Trabocchi Restaurants

The April Fools’ Spaghetti Hoax [Video]

April Fools’ Day in Italy is called Pesce d’Aprile, or April Fool Fish. It literally translates as April’s Fish, and stems from a school children’s custom of sticking a paper fish on the back of a school mate. As he or she is the only one who doesn’t know about the fish, that person then becomes the April Fish, or fool.  Continue reading The April Fools’ Spaghetti Hoax [Video]

Italy’s Snail-Loving Village

Though often thought of as a French dish, Italians equally love their lumache! And our village is no exception! In our area of Abruzzo, it’s known as the snail-loving village!

A lover of snails himself, my husband fits in well with these villagers. Who, in this area are known as the sciumacchini or ‘snail eaters’! In fact, he looks forward to our town’s snail festivals, those few times a year when he gets to eat his fill of them.  Continue reading Italy’s Snail-Loving Village

The Italian Tooth Mouse

I like odd holidays. Like Tooth Fairy Day on February 28th! Although here in Italy, we’d have to call it Tooth Topolino Day, in honor of Italy’s very own tooth mouse!

No one seems to know the origin of this holiday or even why it started. But I think probably it all began in Spain, with Pérez Mouse, who worked for the king. Back when the king sold all his baby teeth to Pérez.  Continue reading The Italian Tooth Mouse

Azzurrina: an Italian Fairy Tale

Azzurrina: In honor of Tale a Fairy Tale Day, February 26! Based on the legend of “The Little Blue One,” who comes to life every 5 years during the summer solstice. There in her ancient castle near Rimini. 

“Mamma, why can’t I go out to play?” little Azzurrina pleaded, just as she did every day. “We’ve been through this before,” replied the busy mother, “Please stop asking. You know it’s for your own good.”  Continue reading Azzurrina: an Italian Fairy Tale