May Day in Italy: An Ancient Festival of Flowers & Song

The ancient springtime festivity known as May Day marks a period traditionally associated with flowers, abundance, and rebirth. Its observance includes colorful and merry singing rites, in particular troupes of flower-adorned musicians who frolic about country villages and sing auspicious, entertaining songs in exchange for offerings of eggs, wine, cakes and other sweets. Similar to […]

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Florentine Florens Fever

This week, Florence is mad with Florens fever. No, it’s not an illness plaguing locals, but rather ‘la Settimana Internazionale dei Beni culturali e ambientali di Firenze’ ? international cultural and Environmental Week. Florens 2010 (November 12-20, 2010) is a culture and landscape biennial event focusing on artisan craftsmanship and industry, and particularly cultural heritage […]

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