Coal or Chocolate? [5-6 gennaio]

You may think that stockings and being naughty or nice were over with on December 25, but not if you’re in Italy. Today they celebrate the epiphany with the Befana (a witch-like figure) who leaves stockings for the kids with coal if they’ve been naughty (black-colored sugary liquorice things which sound pretty awful, to be honest) or chocolates, oranges, and little toys/games. We did stockings … Continue reading Coal or Chocolate? [5-6 gennaio]

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Dreams of Venice

In looking for photos for the next #DolceVitaBloggers linkup tomorrow, I ended up looking at some of my photos of Venice. That’s when I realized that that visit was 16 years ago today. We had gone to Venice for the day, not really thinking that the day was a holiday (Epiphany/Befana). As a result, many shops and restaurants were closed. One restaurant, in particular, that … Continue reading Dreams of Venice

Festa della Repubblica

Celebrating the Festa della Repubblica

Today is a national holiday in Italy. It’s the Festa della Repubblica, the day in which Italians celebrate becoming a republic. On this day in 1946, Italians went to the polls to vote whether to remain a monarchy or become a republic. They chose republic, which isn’t that much of a surprise considering the behavior of the last king of Italy, from the Savoy family, … Continue reading Celebrating the Festa della Repubblica