39: La Befana – the gift giving witch in Italy

January 6th is the Epiphany, which is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. If you’ve ever heard of the three wise men visiting Jesus, you already know something about this holiday. The night before the Epiphany –...

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...

37: Christmas Traditions Throughout Italy

Merry Christmas! Since today is a special day, i thought I would share some Christmas traditions with you. Ready? Andiamo! No meat on Christmas eve. Not everyone does this, but lots of Italians opt for fish on Christmas eve. Most people think this is a religious...

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...