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]
Many people on Groundhog Day (February 2) wait for groundhogs to emerge from their holes. For according to Anglo-Saxon folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow, we’re sure to have six more weeks of winter. And of course, he can only see his shadow on sunny days, so a bright, sunny day foretells more winter. A cloudy day and no shadow supposedly means spring is on the way. Continue reading Groundhog Day in Italy
Crackly leaves underfoot. Whiffs of wood smoke wafting on the air. Pumpkins and apples. Chestnuts roasting. There’s a cozy feeling to Autumn, isn’t there? And these are just a few of the things you can expect to find in an Italian autumn. And maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to catch some grape harvesting or olive picking. Two special events of an Italian autumn! Learn more about olive harvest with my post Autumn in Italy! Continue reading Ready for Autunno?
National anthems stir many thoughts and feelings. They can incite anything from healthy love of country to overly aggressive patriotism. Music has an extraordinary ability to ignite hearts and passions. And Song of the Italians, Italy’s national anthem, is no exception. Continue reading Song of the Italians: Italy’s National Anthem [Audio]
Autumn in Italy!Grape harvest and wine making, olive gathering, and oil pressing. Ah, this is autumn in Italy! And right in our own garden, at that! Mario harvests our olives — the time-honored way. Hand-picked, one-by-one. He probably wouldn’t want to try it with a hundred trees, but with our two it’s not too bad. Continue reading Autumn in Italy
With tourist season upon us, wouldn’t you like to know a bit more about Rome the Eternal City? Just for when you’re lucky enough to find yourself over here in the boot! Continue reading Rome the Eternal City