Cultural

Ferragosto – what is it, and what can I do?

There is one thing that is constantly on an Italian’s mind during the month of August – “le ferie”, the holidays. Italians seem to look forward to their period of holiday a little more than the rest of us – especially to the period in August known as “Ferragosto”, which is also the main reason why you walked to your local grocery store only to find a “chiuso per ferie” (closed for holidays) sign proudly …

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Of pantaloons and cow – The Calcio Storico Fiorentino

The most awaited Calcio Storico Fiorentino is back in town – one of Florence’s most major events, dating back to 16th century Tuscany. Florence’s Santa Croce Square will be hosting, once again, what is thought to be one of the earliest forms of football – providing an exciting event to locals and visitors alike here in Florence. So what is the Calcio Storico exactly? Firstly, it is important to note that the word “calcio” translates …

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The best bookshops in Italy – come in, cool off, warm up, read on….

When travelling in Italy, a great thing to buy is a nice book. In the day of electronic devices allowing you to read, take photos, check your email and what not, there is still nothing like a good ol’ fashioned page-turner…with actual pages. And you never have to worry about the batteries running out. Reading a book certainly helps pass the time on public transport (the best way to travel around Italy). Seeing what someone …

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