Christmas in Italy: 5 More Reasons to Celebrate!

Street Market Image Credit Here in America we have twenty-four shopping days in December until Christmas, but in Italy, the holiday season starts a bit earlier, lasts a bit longer and is sprinkled with more official celebrations. In fact, there are five holidays other than Christmas and New Year’s which are part of Italy’s stagione natalizia…

La Befana is Coming to Town

While Italian children believe in Babbo Natale (Santa Claus), they also have La Befana, an old witch-looking woman who rides a broom and delivers presents on the night before Epiphany, (Epiphania) which is celebrated January 6. This marks the final day of the stagione natale, the Christmas season. There are different accounts for the woman who inspired this legend,…

Christmas Lights in Italy

I Luci di Natale in Italia If a picture is worth a thousand words (mille parole), how many does a video cover? Find out by taking a virtual trip to Italy to see the Christmas lights, with three bits of footage culled from YouTube. Enjoy! Divertiti!  Two and a half minutes in Florence/due e mezzo minuti…