Culture

20 Ways to Make Your Holiday Season More Italian

20 Ways to Make Your Holiday Season More Italian

If you love this time of year and all things Italy, but you’re having trouble finding time to study for Italian during the holidays, this article is for you! Sometimes at this time of year as family, friend and travel obligations distract us, it’s easy to let our commitment to […]

What is St. John’s Day in Florence?

What is St. John’s Day in Florence?

    * This post first appeared here * Every city throughout Italy is blessed with a patron saint. Bologna has Petronius, Rome has St. Frances, and in Florence, our patron is St. John the Baptist. Every year on June 24, according to the Catholic calendar, is his feast day, […]

10 Customs to Know Before Attending an Italian Wedding

10 Customs to Know Before Attending an Italian Wedding

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Have you ever been to an Italian wedding? I don’t mean a U.S. wedding with an Italian theme or a destination wedding in Italy filled with foreigners, but a real, authentic Italian wedding in Italy? If you […]

How to Shop at the Panetteria

How to Shop at the Panetteria

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Buying bread in Italy always feels like one of those glorious quintessential Italian moments from a movie or book. Sometimes I even buy a big loaf wrapped in brown paper, put it in my bicycle basket […]

Catching a Cold: Italian Style

Catching a Cold: Italian Style

It’s that time of year again. No, I am not referring to Christmas. I am talking about cold and flu season. The time of year my germaphobe self particularly loathes. If you thought being a germaphobe was a hard knock lifestyle in America, it’s a downright torturous in Italy. You […]

What It’s Like to Have Family in Italy

What It’s Like to Have Family in Italy

Being an Italian-American living in Italy, I often encounter questions on Italian culturalisms. Sometimes I know the answer and sometimes I don’t. But, I am always eager to share when people ask me what it is like having family here in Italy. I like this question because it is one […]