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Monster sculpture at the Sacro Bosco in Bomarzo, Italy.

Halloween in Italy – How and Where We Celebrate (Kids & Adults)

While Halloween in Italy does exist, it’s not as widely celebrated as in North America, or with as much fanfare or commercialism. There are, however, some surprising crossovers between ancient Italian traditions and more modern Anglo-Saxon ones.  Whether you’re visiting Italy in October and want to celebrate the holiday, or you’re just curious about Halloween …

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Pumpkins are a part of Halloween celebrations in Italy.

13 Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in Italy – Map, Dates, and Details!

Our up-to-date list of pumpkin patches in Italy. Fall is here, and it’s time to take your kids to find some zucche! Updated on November 27, 2023 Are you visiting Italy during October and want to pick out and carve pumpkins with your kids like you do back home? Or maybe you’re an ex-pat missing …

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Merry Christmas in Italian (Buon Natale) – Pronunciation, Variations, & Traditions

Christmas is one of our most important holidays here in Italy. December 25th is il giorno di Natale, and to celebrate, we come together with our families and sit for hours around the table eating delicious food prepared with love. The jolly atmosphere of Christmas makes Italians nicer than ever! You can easily find people …

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Italian Christmas Lunch – Traditions and Dishes for an Authentic Italian Holiday Meal

Here in Italy, we anticipate the arrival of Christmas – a time to be with our families, to exchange and unwrap gifts, and most importantly – to eat delicious food! Italians’ main guilty pleasure is indeed food, and if there is one day where having a feast is mandatory, it’s Christmas Day. Christmas is a …

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Pandoro vs Panettone – Which Italian Christmas Cake is For You?

Pandoro and panettone basics, origins of pandoro and panettone, where to buy them, and pandoro vs panettone – a quick look. Pandoro and panettone are Italy’s most delicious and popular Christmas desserts and one of our most traditional Christmas foods. Pandoro is a super-sweet and fluffy cake with a topping of powdered sugar. Panettone is …

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Authentic Italian Christmas Eve Dinner – Our Traditions and Dishes

Ciao!  It’s Marica, from the Marche region of Italy.  Are you in Italy for the holidays and you’ve been invited to a Christmas Eve dinner? Or, are you planning on cooking your own Italian Christmas Eve dinner? Maybe you’re just curious about our holiday traditions.  Whatever your reason is, let’s take a look at one …

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Traditional Christmas Foods in Italy – Our National & Regional Holiday Specialties

Christmas foods in Italy – appetizer, first courses, main courses, sides, desserts. Typical Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. Classic Christmas beverages. Christmas is one of the most magical moments of the year, and in Italy, it is one of the most important holidays on the calendar. It’s a national holiday in here, so schools …

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Christmas in Italy for Kids – Traditions & How to Celebrate

Updated on January 14, 2024 Is your family visiting Italy during the holidays and you want to celebrate Christmas while you’re here? Are you a homeschooler and want to teach your kids about Christmas in Italy? Maybe you’re just curious about how we celebrate Christmas with kids in Italy. I’m a mamma of three boys …

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