La leggenda della Bella Antonella

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There is an ancient legend for lovers, in Salerno: the story of the beautiful Antonella.Antonella was one of the bridesmaids of Queen Margherita of Durazzo. One day the son of Margherita, Ladislaus, while returning from war stopped to greet his mother, along with several warriors, including Raimondo. Near the fountain next to the building, Antonell...

Totò, the Prince of laughter

Totò, the Prince of laughter
Nowadays, very few Italian actors are able to emerge on the world cinema scene. Until a few decades ago it was different, but we talk about the age of the young Cinecittà, where it was not unusual to meet world-famous directors who set their stories which became known all over the world in those studios! At that crossroads of cultural exchanges tha...

Italians and Coffee: a guide to the "culto del caffè"

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Italians have not invented coffee, yet the passion they have for it makes the rest of world believe they discovered it. Around the end of the sixteen century, it was Venice where coffee was first introduced. Thanks to its trade relationship with the Eastern countries. Initially, coffee was considered a valuable beverage due to its high price, but w...

All Souls' Day (Commemorazione dei defunti) and the Italian tradition

All Souls' Day, painting by Jakub Schikaneder, 1888
November 2nd is All Souls' Day, a Catholic feast dedicated to the memorial of the dead which, according to tradition, can be dated back to ancient times. This day, in almost every country, the dead are remembered with different rituals and customs, yet the aim is just one: give some consolation to the souls of the dead. Although the tradition might...

Cremona, city of history, architecture and music

Cremona - Bronze statue of Antonio Stradivari
Early history Just at one-hour distance from Milan you can find the small town of Cremona. As the capital city of the province of Lombardy, Cremona has around 72.000 inhabitants. The historic town is situated near the Po river in the middle of the Po valley (Pianura Padana) and has an long history, dating from 400 BC when Cremona is first mentioned...

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