History & culture

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

April 2018 |
Il Vaticano darà in prestito circa quaranta oggetti ecclesiastici al Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York per una mostra incentrata sull’impatto della religione cattolica sulla moda. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination...

Ciao, I Am No Longer Your Slave

April 2018 |
In Italian, we salute family and friends with the casual greeting “ciao”. We express this four-letter word interchangeably to indicate both “hello” and “goodbye.” Many times, we also use it as a parting salutation with the echoing version “ciao,...

Commemorating Good Friday in Italy

March 2018 |
Il Venerdì Santo è il primo giorno del triduo pasquale. Durante la Settimana Santa ed in particolare il Venerdì Santo, ogni regione italiana celebra, secondo le proprie tradizioni, il ciclo e la rievocazione della Passione e della Morte di Cristo....

The Ides of March

March 2018 |
Con il termine “idi”, i romani si riferivano al 13 o al 15 del mese, secondo il particolare calendario giuliano introdotto nel 45 a.C., il quale prevedeva tre date fisse per ciascun mese, in base a cui venivano stabiliti i restanti giorni. In...

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Italy!

March 2018 |
In Italia, la festa di San Patrizio si festeggia nei pub irlandesi oppure partecipando ai tanti eventi organizzati nelle principali città italiane. Da Milano a Bari, passando per Torino, Bologna, Parma, Pesaro, Napoli, Padova, Portomaggiore,...

Sculpture in Siena before the Plague

March 2018 |
In the 1300s, Italy was not Italy as we know it today. The peninsula was divided into city-states in which independent oligarchies governed their individual territories. The period saw the generally sustained growth of thriving urban centers...

Commemorating Caesar: Rome's Celebration during the Ides of March

March 2018 |
While there are numerous Italian festivals that often celebrate fun, religion, or saints, other festivals are used to mark certain days that left a huge impact on Italian culture. Although the start of spring was originally celebrated on March 15,...

Saint Valentine of Rome: A Name of Many Legends

February 2018 |
Saint Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the name of the saint associated with this day has a history far more complicated than one would expect. Although the holiday is now known for hearts, love letters and baskets full of gifts and...

Europe's Next Pivotal Election

February 2018 |
Lo scorso 28 dicembre il Presidente della Repubblica, Sergio Mattarella, dopo una consultazione con i Presidenti dei due rami del Parlamento, ai sensi dell’articolo 88 della Costituzione, ha firmato il decreto di scioglimento del Senato della...
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