Christmas in Italy: tastes and traditions

Food in Italy at any time of the year is pretty amazing. At Christmas time however, there are many great traditional Christmas recipes that are prepared and shared around large dinner tables with all the family. These recipes are not only based on the seasonal and regional produce, but also on superstitions and traditions. For instance, […]

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Fairytale wedding in Italy… just not as you imagined!

We love sharing great Italy stories on our tours and thought we’d also share this funny Italian fable, How the Devil Married Three Sisters. It featured in Italian Popular Tales by Thomas Frederick Crane, whilst an alternative version titled Silver Nose appeared in Italian Folktales by famous Italian writer Italo Calvino. What do you think […]

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Traditional Italian Christmas Sweets: Panettone, Panforte & Pandoro

Panettone

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 strong/hard bread and ‘Panetone’ to big bread. These Christmas treats were originally much more simple […]

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