Category Archives: Italian Culture

Santa Lucia

Ask any child from the Veneto or Lombardy region what their favourite night of the year is, and it won’t be their birthday, nor Halloween, nor even Christmas Eve, but the night before Santa Lucia. This Christian martyr holds all … Continue reading

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English vs Italian Breakfast 

​While Italy is worldwide renowned for its dishes, the full English breakfast is arguably a competitor for food fame. So which nation wins when it comes to coaxing us out of bed? Let’s start where I started; England. Any English … Continue reading

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Italian Mealtimes: Don’t Choke on Your Pizza.

Italians are often stereotyped, among other things, for their passion for food and dedication to family, and although I hate to perpetuate stereotypes these particular two have proved to be largely correct. It follows, then, that Italian mealtimes – providing … Continue reading

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5 Italian Expressions & Oddities

If you exempt the few frustrations in communication that occur in the first days (or even months), there are many fun things about learning a new language through living abroad. I specify living abroad, because while studying in your home … Continue reading

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An Easter in Italy

Easter has been a much anticipated  holiday for me, not only because I chose to give up chocolate for lent (a silly idea, I wouldn’t recommend it), but also because it would be my first experience of another country’s Easter … Continue reading

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Cuisine and Culture Shocks

It is well known that Italian’s take pride in their food,and with good reason. They are famous for their dishes, even stereotyped for them: who doesn’t think of pasta and pizza when thinking of Italy? Although perhaps a stereotype, after … Continue reading

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Sirmione: Diversity, Pizzeria and Fireworks.

I have been lucky enough -perhaps through my location, though more likely through an enthusiastic host parent – to see what must be some of the most beautiful towns surrounding the West side of Lake Garda in little over two … Continue reading

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