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
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]
Early Sunday mornings during the Roman Octobers of the early 1900s, families piled into horse-drawn carts, off to the countryside feasts! Known for their typical October weather, warm and balmy (even hot at times) they drew people to the big outdoors. Continue reading Our Roman Octobers