Let’s preface by saying that dishes and traditions, especially at Christmastime, are very different throughout Italy. Starting with when you eat. In the Center and in the South, Italians favor “il cenone della vigilia.” This is a big culinary feast served on the Eve. While in the North, a huge lunch on the actual day is a must.  Below you will find...

Even the most diehard self-professing Scrooges out there probably succumb to at least a few of the joyful traditions of the Christmas season. Whether it’s scrumptious baked goods or carols sung loudly or the odd family tradition that no one else would understand, traditions lovingly color and fortify our memories of Christmas.  Coming together with...

In a New York where traditional holiday performances are cancelled, Rockefeller Center tree viewings are timed and travel is ill-advised, it's beginning to feel a lot like the Covid Grinch stole Christmas. But in Brooklyn's illuminated Dyker Heights neighborhood, not even a pandemic can keep the festive spirit down. The quasi-suburban residential d...

On December 25, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Christ as it’s described in the Gospels. Over the course of centuries, artists experimented with different ways to retell the humble yet extraordinary story of the Virgin Mary’s delivery of a savior in the form of an infant.  For Italian Renaissance artists, the subject of the Nativ...

Marche is a hilly region in central Italy. The name of the region derives from the plural name of “marca”, originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona where the region at that time was a border or buffer zone between the Church and the Empire around 1100. Urbino, one of Marche’s major cities, was the birthplace of Raphael, as well as a maj...

Holiday lights in Venice will not be limited to calli (streets) and campi (squares) this year. The lagoon city has decided to anticipate celebrations for the 1600 years since its foundation (621-2021) with a lights projection show on one of its most famous monuments, a true Venice landmark, the Rialto bridge.  Until December 31, 2020, as part of th...

The Italian government has declared the maximum level 'red zone' restrictions across Italy over the Christmas season - on Sundays, public holidays and the days before holidays - in an effort to avert a third wave of covid-19. Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte announced the measures at Palazzo Chigi late on 18 December, following several days of protra...

When COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown hit Italy this year, the leadership at San Patrignano—a recovery community in the nation’s Emilia-Romagna region that teaches residents the decorative arts—was concerned. The community relied on brick-and-mortar retail. “During the lockdown in April, we were really worried,” says Luca Giunta of San Patrigna...

Southwest Florida is a great place to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Its roots may lie in Italy, but the abundance of fresh seafood in the area make Cape Coral an ideal place to celebrate the Christmas Eve seafood spectacular. For many Italian-American families, Christmastime celebrations are synonymous with the Feast. The seafood dinner...

We always talk with great fondness about the Roseland of decades past while we embrace the last vestiges of those glory days. Unfortunately, the pandemic has cast a dark shadow over these living reminders of our cherished past. In many ways, last year has been one of loss as we look forward to 2021 with hope for better times. Many of the places, ev...