38: New Year’s in Italy

Christmas  is over and it’s time to get ready for the new year. In part, I can’t believe it, where did this year go? On the other side, WOW it went by so slow. I happen to love New Year’s though, and not for New Years Eve (I haven’t even made it to midnight in...

34: Why is December 8th a holiday in Italy?

December 8th is a national holiday in Italy, the Festa dell’immacolata, or the Feast of the immaculate conception. It also often marks the start of the holiday season for many Italians. Florence lights up their large Christmas tree on this day, as well as the life...

18: What is Ferragosto and why is it important to Italians?

Show notes: August is a crazy month in Italy. For Italians, it is often the best month of the year – a time for vacation, family, friends and the beach. But it is also the height of the tourist season, and hotel prices soar to 3 or even 4 times their usual rates while...