Christmas and New Year celebrations in Italy traditionally revolve – of course – around a huge meal, or cenone, whether on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or all three. But amid the Covid-19 pandemic, will we be eating alone this year? While some other countries have set a number on how many people you're allowed to invite to Christmas...

In ancient Italian folklore, legend has it that an old woman called La Befana flies from house to house leaving toys for good children on the twelfth day of Christmas. Inspired to share this beloved tradition that she celebrated as a child, Kate West wrote a children’s book titled La Befana and The Star, adding a modern culinary twist to the legend...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December is a Catholic holy day as well as a national public holiday in Italy. The fact that it falls on a Tuesday this year means that many people in Italy have taken 7 December off to make a "ponte" (bridge) or four-day weekend. However one of the main events associated with the day in Rome - the pope's...

The event will stream from Italy's Teatro Regio di Parma opera house, on December 12. World renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli has announced a new Christmas concert. On December 12, Bocelli will live-stream the show, called “Believe in Christmas,” from the Teatro Regio di Parma opera house in Italy. Last Easter, when the world fell into the grasp of COV...

Pandoro is a soaring star-shaped cake with a delicious golden brioche-like center and a lovely vanilla butter aroma. It even comes boxed with a packet of confectioners’ sugar to sprinkle on top, to enhance its festive, Christmas-tree appearance. Italy sets many strict rules for its production, including the use of only natural yeast, farm fresh egg...

Thursday December 10. 4PM PST on IAMLA facebook page. RSVP Here. Have you ever wondered where your favorite holiday traditions came from? Join us on December 10th at 4 pm PST via Facebook Live when we take a look at the unexpected stories behind some of our most beloved holiday figures, imagery, and traditions. From Babbo Natale and the nativity, t...

The figure of Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) with a red hat and suit, white beard, bag full of presents and sleigh with reindeers, is famous all over the world. In Italy, children eagerly wait for a visit from another figure known in their culture as La Befana. An old shabby lady, but good-hearted and hardworking, loved so much by the children is...

When: From Nov 27, 2020 to Jan 4, 2021 - Where: Hall of Architecture - Kick off the season with a visit to our popular Nativity display nestled in our stunning Hall of Architecture. The presepio, a centuries-old tradition in Naples and Southern Italy, is an elaborate Nativity scene recreated with miniature figures arranged in a detailed panorama of...

The Italian government has approved a ban on inter-regional travel during the Christmas period as the country registered the highest daily coronavirus death toll of the pandemic. Under a new decree signed by the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, on Thursday night, people will be barred from travelling beyond their regions between 20 December and 6 Ja...

Friday, December 4th • 7:00-9:00pm. Organized by Casa Belvedere. With Carla Gambescia. Registration is required. Once you register for a virtual event, you will receive an invitation to join the live zoom program the night before the event. Discover the surprising backstories behind some of our most cherished holiday traditions from Saint Nicholas...