TRADITIONS

Turin and Gianduja’s Carnival

Gianduja is a central figure in Turin’s Carnival. The backstory of this typical mask from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte has him hailing from Asti,...

Images from Sardinia’s Carnival

The dark and ancient world of Sardinia’s Carnival emerges every year, like a dream we considered lost. On the island, the event is known as...

Antica Barberia Giacalone: Deco Art in Genoa’s alleyways

Antica Barberia Giacalone is a historical barbershop in the city center of Genoa, a stone’s throw from the San Lorenzo Cathedral. It is a gem,...

Spezieria all’Ercole d’Oro: a gem between Venice’s calli

Venice’s perfume tradition has ancient roots. According to legend, it was Theodora Ducas – daughter of the Byzantine Emperor and wife of Doge Domenico...

Palazzo Mirto: a hidden masterpiece at the heart of Palermo

A unique historical building can be found in the ancient Kalsa district of Palermo, Sicily’s capital: Palazzo Mirto. This national monument is a rare example...

Mercato del Campo: Siena brings back to life the 1300s

On 1-2 December 2018, Siena will return to its origins for a weekend, bringing medieval customs and traditions back to life with the historical...

In awe of hard work: De Cagna light installations

‘Per aspera ad astra’: the old Latin adage, meaning “A rough road leads to the stars”, seems fit to describe the hard work of...

Palio del Golfo in La Spezia: let the race begin

The thirteen historic villages facing the so-called Gulf of Poets – from Tellaro to Porto Venere – face off at sea every year: the...

The Cavalcata Sarda: Sardinia’s traditions parade through Sassari

Yesterday in Sassari, the 69th edition of the Cavalcata Sarda began! It’s an important 4-day folk festival that will fill the capital of Northern...

The streets of Salerno light up with Artists’ Lights

The twelfth edition of “Luci d’Artista” (“Artists’ Lights”) was inaugurated last November in Salerno; until next January 21st, 2018 the winter evenings and nights...

The poetic lightness of the Marineria di Cesenatico nativity

The Marineria di Cesenatico Nativity returns every year to Leonardo’s Port-Canal, speaking volumes about the small Adriatic town’s life with a poetic, traditional representation...

Candles for Saint Dominic and the dream of the world’s light

From July 30th to August 5th, 2017, the traditional Luminaria di San Domenico – a celebration dedicated to Saint Dominic – will be held...

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After the slopes of the Dolomites, après-ski by LOOX

by Barbara Palladino LOOX is an après-ski hotspot, at the station at the foot of the Obereggen Latemar ski and trekking area in the Dolomites. It...

The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...