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Spaghetti westerns

One ironclad rule of narration says that good stories rarely are about their exterior appearance….

Pasta al dente

  The Italian expression “pasta al dente” (often translated in “to the tooth”) refers to…

Bust-a-myth

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Spaghetti bolognese

To an Italian native it is unsettling and fascinating how most of the so-called “Italian…

Exhibits

CioccolaTò Exhibition

 CioccolaTò Exhibition (or Cioccola-To from Cioccolato + Torino – i.e. Chocolate + Turin) is the…

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Far from being (solely) a noisy and extremely busy display of the masterpieces of the…

Fables and legends

Festivals

Folklore

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Gianduja

Gianduja, whose name is a contraction of ‘Gioanin dla doja’ (‘John of the stein’, in…

Pulcinella

Immediately after Arlecchino (the Harlequin), Pulcinella is among the most famous “masks” of the Commedia…

Games

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Ruzzola

In Italian, the word ‘ruzzola’ comes from the verb ‘ruzzolare’, or ‘to roll’. The game…

Piastre

When it comes to Italy, traditions tend to have seriously ancient origins. The game of…

Historical reenactments

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

One of the most famous Italian historical reenactments isn’t in fact a reenactment at all….

Torta dei Fieschi

Not very far from the famous (and cramped, and incredibly expensive) village of Portofino, Lavagna…

How to

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How to make cheese

A description of how to make cheese should actually start with a small dissertation on  “dairy products”….

Italian icons

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Adriano Celentano

Italian celebrity Adriano Celentano (born in 1938) is what you’d call an ecletic artist. While…

Calimero

Sometimes when talking to an Italian person you will hear him (but more probably her)…

National holidays

Objects

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Cornicello

The cornicello (the Italianization of the dialect word from Napoli for ‘little horn’) is a…

Moka pot

The quintessential Italian coffee maker, the moka pot debuted in 1933 under the Bialetti brand,…

Vespa

Famously starring in too many pictures to count, the Vespa scooter is one huge Italian…

Places

Marostica

Marostica is the town of the human-chess, of culture, cherries, orange flag of the italian…

Recipes

Religious holidays

Songs

Tongue twisters

But where are the bees?

This tongue twister isn’t especially difficult to pronounce (well, it is for the ‘ö’, which…

Typical food

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Easter eggs

The tradition behind Easter eggs is as old as humanity itself, tracing back to ancient…