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Castagnole, one of the most popular Carnival deep-fried sweets

Article originally published by l’Italo Americano on February 9, 2015 by Alessia Odoardi: http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2015-2-9/Castagnole


It’s that time of the year again: Carnevale is almost here! 294 more words

The Carnival Season kicks off in Italy

The 142nd edition of the world famous Carnival of Viareggio is expected to host masks of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as well as Berlusconi and Pope Francis… 178 more words

Lucca: Renaissance charm and a lively cultural scene

Piazza Amfiteatro, Lucca

Red roofs, a lovely oval shaped central square and the beautiful Tuscan countryside all around it: Lucca sits on the banks of river Serchio and charms visitors with its Renaissance-era city walls -still intact to these days- its understated elegance and its timeless beauty. 118 more words

Carnevale storico di Offida, the carnival which opens the Italian masquerade season

A moment of the parade along Offida’s street

Il Carnevale storico di Offida, in the province of Ascoli Piceno, is held annually according to tradition. This year’s editions starts January 17, the day of St. 139 more words

Italian painting: La Madonna del Divino Amore for the first time in Turin

The masterpiece was painted by Raffaello for Lionello da Carpi from Mendolla

Raffaello’s painting “La Madonna del Divino Amore” leaves the museum of Capodimonte in Naples and arrives for the first time in Turin at the Pinacoteca Agnelli from March 19 until June 28. 96 more words

Sounds of the Zampognari at Christmas

Zampognari often play "Quando Nascette Ninno", the original version of Italy’s favorite Christmas carol "Tu scendi dalle stelle"

While American youngsters put their shoes outside hoping that Saint Nick will leave them goodies, six-year old Filippo Brienza of Bologna put his shoes on to go see the Zampognari play. 140 more words