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

Away from the manger.

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 in front of the stunning Cathedral in Florence is even more breathtaking than ever.

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Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! Why an Italian meal without pasta is almost not a meal!

Pasta is the staple not just of the Italian diet, but the culture itself. Conversations revolve around it, familial relationships are formed around its production and consumption, special occasions are celebrated with it, arguments can start over it, and whole festivals are held in its honour! And pasta also plays a major factor in the […]

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Why it’s not impossible to resist – the Slow Food Dairy Resistance

We at Artviva have little to no resistance when it comes to tasting delicious Italian cheese varieties, the best gelato in the world, the delicious hand-made chocolates found in little boutiques along cobbled laneways, or to delicious creamy and cheesy meals – and certainly not when it comes to dairy-laden Tuscan desserts.   But the […]

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