What is Il Giorno dei Morti (All Souls’ Day), and why is it important in Italy?
Guest Writer! / Holidays & Traditions

What is Il Giorno dei Morti (All Souls’ Day), and why is it important in Italy?

My path crossed with Rachel Vermiglio Smith’s in a most unexpected way at the Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence a few years back, and we have been good friends ever since, despite being 6,000 miles away. She is an Italian art history expert, and being American with dual-citizenship, she provides a unique perspective to all things Italy. I’m so excited to feature Rachel as a guest writer for today…enjoy! Continue reading

Holidays & Traditions

Of Saints and Chocolates

Of Saints… In celebrating Valentine’s Day, I never thought beyond cards, candy, and perhaps some extra hugs for and from my loved ones. It wasn’t until my sweet mother-in-law gave Daughter a children’s book about St. Valentine that I connected the holiday to an actual person. Valentine’s Day, just like Saint Patrick’s Day, is the feast day of Saint Valentine, as designated … Continue reading