Category Archives: Things to do in Italy

Italy’s Carnival: A Venetian Tradition

Carnival starts today, which is a big celebration in our little town, with its historic tradition of a parade and a masked public street party. But no Italian carnival celebration more is famous than the one in Venice.

The word carnival literally means either farewell to meat or farewell to the flesh. The concept is, that mask firmly in place, a person is free to do whatever they want. And putting on the carnival mask, really is like leaving your own flesh behind, to take up another identity.  Continue reading Italy’s Carnival: A Venetian Tradition

Italy’s Medieval Festivals: A Fairy Tale Come Alive [Video]

The season for Italy’s Medieval festivals is upon us. And it’s just like a fairy tale come alive! There’s a feeling of magic in the air! Knights, damsels, and court jesters. Feasting, with music and drummers. Medieval games, horse races, and parades with flags and torches! And it’s easy to imagine yourself a velvet clad lord, or lady in silk, off to dine with the king in his castle.  Continue reading Italy’s Medieval Festivals: A Fairy Tale Come Alive [Video]