The Christmas and New Year festivities marked a new record for Made in Italy food exports, which reached a total value of 4.4 billion euros in this period alone, thus recording an increase of 11% compared to last year's figures. This is underlined by the analysis prepared by Coldiretti based on ISTAT data, from which it emerges that the double-digi...

Another holiday season has come and gone here in Italian America. The fishes have been served, the champagne has been popped, and the lentils have been eaten, so we’re kicking off the new year with the best thing we can think of to combat the post holiday blues… a collective therapy session! We’re getting together to share our reflections on this y...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022. From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm. Location: IIC NY - 686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021. Organized by IIC NY in collaboration with Casa Belvedere. Free entrance. Book Now here. A Christmas Tradition in the Italian American Community. A lecture by Anita Sanseverino & Lou Barrella This lecture and video presentation explores the ori...

When temperatures drop low, what’s better than a steaming hot drink to warm the body and spirit?! Here are nine drinks to enjoy in Italy in winter.  Bombardino The name alone is enough to bring on some cheer. Bombardino (meaning ‘little bomb’) may very well be the favorite hot drink of skiers as you will see many of them gulp one down at Italy’s ri...

Holidays are all about sharing and making memories if you ask me. Sharing, because we end up spending a lot of time in the company of our family, definitely more than the rest of the year,  and that means sharing space, time, and tasks, especially around the kitchen. Making memories because when you’re in good company, that always happens. But shar...

Zelten, a sweet bread made from dried fruit, is a telltale sign of Christmas in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. Derived from the German word "selten" which means "sometimes," zelten originated as a winter cake. While dried fruit is now available year-round now, it used to only be accessible during winter.  Quintessential "mountain cuisine," zelt...

Rome will illuminate the city hall building at Palazzo Senatorio with a light show of Roman Renaissance drawings over the Christmas period. Titled Nascimento. Ispirazione Romana, the project will see city hall lit up with Renaissance images of a city model "based on the concepts of harmony, symmetry and proportion." In addition two landmark buildin...

AH!Il Presepe! Quintessential tradition of the Italian Christmas, it brings together Faith, history, tradition, and art. The first was created by Saint Francis of Assisi, our Patron Saint, to represent the birth of Christ and offer another way to worship Him at Christmastime. Soon, the presepe became a common feat in Italian homes, first among the...

In 1823, Clement Clark Moore wrote A Visit from St. Nicholas, one of the most beloved Christmas poems of all time. But, in describing a home in which “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”, Moore makes pretty clear he isn’t Italian American! Because for us, the “Night Before Christmas” means La Vigilia… or in Italian America, The Feast of...

Many are the Italian cities where every year local traditions are carried on and events are held to celebrate the festivities. Here are some of Central Italy’s Christmas markets that come to life every year in the month of December. Here it is possible to find many gift ideas or local and traditional products. Furthermore, you will live the magic o...