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Italian Carnival – 16 Not-To-Miss Carnevale Celebrations

Italy’s Carnival – also known as Carnevale, arrives in our part of Tuscany with a flurry. Every February, in our small Italian town, our kids eagerly peek into store windows to see if coriandoli (confetti) is being sold yet.  When the glorious day finally arrives, they rush in, purchase a bag each (after counting their …

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Black and white graphic with things that Italy is famous for, like cycling, the Colosseum, vespas, cheese, pasta, race cars, and more.

What is Italy Famous For? These 93 Foods, Cars, Artists, Landmarks, and More!

Updated on November 19, 2023 Ciao! When you think of Italian culture, you probably think of pizza, Italians using hand gestures and saying “mamma mia!,” and people riding Vespas past the Colosseum. All of those things do happen, but Italy is famous for so much more! Italy has produced or is home to some of …

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CHEERS In Italian – How We Say It, When To Say It, + Toasting Rules

Cheers in Italian – How we say ‘cheers’ in Italy, when we say it, and Italian toasting rules Let’s celebrate! In English we ‘toast’ or ‘raise our glasses’ (and later clink them gently together). This custom may come from the rite of drinking to the gods and to the dead in ancient Rome and Greece …

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Education in Italy – 20 Things that May Surprise You About Going to School in Italy

Are you thinking about moving to Italy, but you want to know more about Italian schools? Or perhaps you’re traveling here with your kids and want to be able to explain what school is like in Italy. Our family lives in central Italy, and my three boys were born here and have lived here their …

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Italian Grocery Stores – A Visitor’s Guide + Helpful Tips

Italian Grocery Stores– different types of supermarkets in Italy, important things to know about shopping, helpful tips, useful words and phrases for shopping at an Italian grocery store and more! Ah, grocery shopping in Italy.  Is it really romantic like they show it in the films?  Skipping along cobblestone streets, stopping in at the jolly …

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Italian National Anthem – Lyrics & Translation (+ Printable!)

Updated on November 10, 2023 The Italian national anthem is a rousing crowd-pleaser, especially when sung by a passionate throng at soccer games. But do you know the history behind it? And that despite being sung everywhere it only become official in 2017? Let’s take a look at this popular anthem. History of the Italian …

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