Raffaella Carrà Last Return to St Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo

By Enza Ferreri Raffaella Carrà, Italian singer, dancer, television presenter and actress whose fame went beyond Italy, died on July 5 at the age of 78. She had success in several countries in Europe, including Spain, Germany, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Greece, and in Latin America. Carrà since 1970 has sold over 60 million copies […]

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St Francis of Assisi Feast Day. Italy’s Great Patron Saint

The 4th October is St Francis of Assisi Feast Day. St Francis hailed from the beautiful little town of Assisi, in Umbria, the region called “the green heart of Italy” for its abundant vegetation and its central position in the country. It is the only region of peninsular Italy which is landlocked. In Assisi and […]

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Suarez, Italian, University for Foreigners of Perugia

The very famous, star Uruguayan footballer (Americans would call him “soccer player”) Luis Suarez, formerly of Barcelona and coveted by Turin’s club Juventus, has recently taken an exam in the Italian language at the University of Perugia (pictured above), which was necessary for him to obtain Italian citizenship. In the end he failed, so goodbye […]

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Coronavirus Italy Consecrates Itself to the Virgin Mary

While you may have read about or seen videos of Italians in Coronavirus lockdown singing from their balconies to each other and to the rest of the world, different responses to the crisis have emerged in Italy. From the North to the South of the country, many mayors have consecrated their towns and cities, starting [...]
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“Trump Defends National Identity, An Example for Italy”

“Trump and his defence of national identity should be a model for Italy”. These were the words of the Italian politician Giorgia Meloni, who was in Washington to participate as a guest in the traditional National Prayer Breakfast, a series of meetings to convene and pray together held every year, organised on behalf of members […]

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Venice Carnival Is about To Start. Carnival History

The floods of a few months ago and consequent damages have not had any effects on the most romantic and one of the most artistic carnivals in the world, Venice Carnival. Venice Carnival events will start on 8 February 2020 and end on 25 February, as scheduled. You can see the details, all dates, photos […]

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Greta Apocalypse Costume & Cosplay as Dorothy, Viareggio Carnival

Newest Update: September 21, 2021. For more details on Viareggio Carnival 2021 dates and events, see 2021 Carnival of Viareggio. The novelty of 2021 Viareggio Carnival, called “Universal Carnival 2021” as it’s dedicated to all the world’s Carnival traditions, is that it takes place in the period from Saturday 18 September to Saturday 9 October, […]

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Italy: No New Babies, Dying Country

The country of Romeo and Juliet, Italy, has the 2nd oldest population in the world. It is “one of the oldest countries in the world”: these are the words of the Italian official Institute of Statistics Istat, which in its Yearbook explains how the cause is the decrease in the birth rate together with the […]

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Common but Confusing Words for Weekday and Vacation

While in Italy, you’ll often find a frequently-used word that may puzzle you at first: “feriale”, plural “feriali”. The most common context in which you’ll see this word is in the days and hours of opening of shops, services, offices and so on. You’ll read something like “Aperto giorni feriali 8 – 13”, which means […]

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