Monthly Archives: December 2012

From Rome with Love – Ponte Sant’Angelo

If you’re looking to cross the Tiber River in historic style as you head from Rome towards the Vatican City*, look no further than Ponte Sant’Angelo.

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Traditional Italian Christmas Sweets: Panettone, Panforte & Pandoro

Panetone, Panforte and Pandoro are some of Italy’s greatest Christmastime traditions. The origins of these delicious traditional Italian sweets are hidden in the names, with ‘pane’ in Italian means bread. ‘Pandoro’ translates to ‘golden bread’ for its colour, ‘Panforte’ to … Continue reading

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Christmas in Venice: The Presepio

In the stunning Chiesa Santa Maria Maddalena in Venice, is the 21st exhibition of Presepio made by local Diorama and Presepio-makers. Situated in the Cannaregio area in Venice, the Santa Maria Maddalena church (known locally as the Chiesa della Maddalena) … Continue reading

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Away from the manger: the Italian Christmas Tradition of the Presepio

Christmas in Florence: The streets are all decked out in pretty Christmas lights, the shop windows around the historical city centre sparkle with stunning decorations, the Christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce is in full swing. And Piazza del Duomo … Continue reading

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The Spectaculars of Spectacular Venice in December

December in Venice, Italy presents a great range of unique things to do to pass the festive season in this majestic city. To start off with a bang, there is a fabulous New Years Eve event in Venice being held … Continue reading

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Work/Shop – Artisans in Florence – Patrick Wandael

The Renaissance bore many of history’s greatest artists and many artisan traditions right here in Florence. But inspiration has never waned and to this day, Florence remains a glorious hub of creativity. And really, being surrounded by so much beauty … Continue reading

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The fine art of coffee

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous … Continue reading

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