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The towns that time (almost) forgot: Efforts underway to revive some of Italy’s borghi abbandonati

Traveling along major highways through Italy you will often see ruins of castles and old villages. In fact, there are thousands of these towns across...

Sardinia’s repression and rebirth – Observance each April 28 commemorates rebellion of 1794

This month Sardinians will celebrate “Sa die de sa Sardinnya,” (the day of Sardinia) on April 28 to honor the day in which their ancestors...

Guardate ed imparate! Watch and learn! Immersion in movies and series can help language learners of all levels

Just as Italians can watch programming to improve their English language skills, non-Italian speakers can watch programming in Italian to improve their language skills, whether...

What to watch: Offerings on Italian TV open window to the Italian culture and language

Italian TV (T-voo) has come a long way in the past several decades with the introduction of cable and access to streaming channels with content...

Look both ways: January named for Roman god who saw future as well as past

January, or gennaio in Italian, is the first month of the year and is observed as a time of new beginnings as we also reflect...

Il presepio: Traditional Christmas manger scene both a sacred and cultural treasure

Il presepio, the nativity manger scene, is one of the most enduring symbols of Christmas for Italian families. The Italian word comes from the Latin...

Days devoted to the departed: Ognissanti and Giorno dei Morti celebrations date to Roman times

Nov. 1 is a national holiday in Italy, with schools, governments offices and businesses closing so Italians can observe a day of prayer to honor...

From hunting truffles to saving lives, dogs eagerly prove their worth

In Italy, some dogs, especially the Lagotto Romagnolo, are trained to search for truffles. These are a type of mushroom fungo (foon-go) that grow underground,...

Inside the ancient abbey L’abbazia di Casamari: Working monastery near Veroli is more than a photo op

Religious communities have existed for centuries in Italy, home to monks and nuns living in abbeys (a type of monastery) of various orders. These abbeys...

Bologna the Red: Travel experts name this Medieval jewel the world’s most underrated city

Bologna is about to be “discovered.” Over 175 travel experts recently named it the most underrated city in the world which is poised to become...

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