Italian Traditions: the Three Days of the Blackbird

Blackbirds in winter

I Giorni della Merla, that is the three Days of the Blackbird. All those who traveled Italy, know that the last days of January are traditionally the coldest of the year. But who of you knows their story? Once upon a time, blackbirds were white Popular tales said that it all began with a quarrel between a white female Blackbird … Read More

Leda and the Swan – New discoveries in Pompeii

Particular of Leda, Pompeii

Did you know that an exceptionally high-quality, but totally unknown fresco has just been found in the world-famous archaeological site of Pompeii? It depicts a sensual erotic scene between the mythic queen Leda and Jupiter, the ancient god of thunders, in the unusual guise of a swan. Don’t you believe? Keep reading!     54 UNESCO sites? When people tell … Read More

Things to do in Rome – Happy birthday to the Eternal City!

Rome skyline in the morning

Did you know that Rome was founded exactly 2.771 years ago? Yes, a considerable age – no wonder if it’s called Eternal. But we can say more. Rome was born exactly on April 21. On April 21? Ancient Roman historians paid close attention to study their city. They were the first to write about this date, coinciding with a religious … Read More

Snow in Rome

Snowman in front of the Colosseum

Sometimes, snow happens Snow in Rome is very rare… but sometimes it happens, and the Eternal City looks immediately like in fairy tale. It was six years that Rome didn’t wake up under a heavy snowfall and a white, silent blanket of snow. These days, instead, a cold low-pressure area involves all Italy and today, February 26, the freezing Burian … Read More

Things to do in Venice – Carnival

Artisan colouring a venetian carnival mask

The most colorful festival of the year comes back between January 27 and February 13 Walking through the suggestive streets and canals of Venice, you have certainly noticed some particular crafts. We are talking about decorated masks. They could be just for eyes or for the whole face, painted in white or with bright colors, adorned with feathers, glitters, tiaras … Read More

Christmas Taste – 8 things you must know about Pandoro & Panettone cakes

Christmas Sweets

Every year, Italian families are divided on the issue of Christmas desserts. The question is: Pandoro or Panettone? These two traditional sweets compete for the title of favorite Italian Christmas cake annually. So, if you are looking for some dinner ideas perfect for your December holidays here, read more about these big players in Italian festive tables… but remember – … Read More

Christmas Taste – Have you ever tried a piece of Torrone?

Typical Italian Torrone

What’s Christmas Torrone? In December, Christmas food becomes a delicious must in Italy. In particular, sweets and cakes represent also some perfect gifts and Christmas ideas for you and your beloved ones 😉 For example, have you ever tasted a piece of Torrone? This traditional nougat is probably of ancient Arab origin. It’s mainly made of toasted almonds or nuts, … Read More

Did you know that Piazza Navona had been a lake?

Pannini Paint of Piazza Navona

Too hot in Rome? A summer blue lagoon in one of the most delightful squares of the Eternal City – this was the project of Donna Olimpia Pamphilj in 1652. Olimpia was the all-powerful sister-in-law of Pope Innocent X. As papal family’s palace overlooked Piazza Navona, she decided to turn it into a unique backdrop for aristocratic carriage rides. So, … Read More