TRADITIONS

The infinite petals of the Spello Infiorate

Every year on Corpus Domini, the streets of Spello fill with hundreds of millions of colorful petals, composing splendid “paintings” and “carpets” inspired by...

The Mille Miglia, a ninety-year-old wonder

The famous long-distance Mille Miglia car race held its first edition in 1927: it turns 90 this year, and will celebrate with its 35th...

The Festival of Saint Ephysius: from Cagliari to Nora for grace received

The day of Saint Ephysius is a very important holiday in Cagliari: it commemorates a miracle recorded in 1656, the year when the city...

The Palio of the Donkeys in Torrita di Siena

The Palio of the Donkeys (Palio dei Somari) in Torrita di Siena will be held next Sunday, March 19th 2017. Inaugurated in 1966 to...

Symbols of the past and of the present in the carnival of Satriano

The Sunday prior to Mardi Gras, the streets of Satriano di Lucania (Potenza) fill with walking trees, bears on two feet and pale women...

Lucca’s Luminara, a procession towards the Holy Face

On the evening of September 13th 2016, according to an ancient, yearly tradition dating back to at least the 11th century, a procession of...

The real Venice of the Historical Regatta

Every year, on the first Sunday in September, the Grand Canal in Venice fills with colorful boats. They look strange to anyone who is...

The Machine of Saint Rose, a tower of light in Viterbo

Next September 3rd, according to a centuries-old annual tradition, the Machine of Saint Rose (or “Macchina di Santa Rosa”) will parade down the streets...

The Palio dell’Argentario, where the winds race

Next year, the Palio Marinaro dell’Argentario will be eighty years... “young”! Indeed the event can celebrate eight decades of almost uninterrupted editions since 1937. Next...

Calcio fiorentino, a noble and ancient sport

Calcio fiorentino is not a sport for the nice and gentle. It derives from “harpastum”: fighting over a rag ball, which was the training...

Italy’s many palios: horse racing, jousting and Medieval traditions

In Italy, spring and summer are the seasons of palios and everything that revolves around the fun, folk events that put “comuni” and medieval...

Vogalonga: Venice rows against the waves

The creators of the Venice Vogalonga began their peaceful battle against the waves that afflicted – and unfortunately still plagues – the wonderful lagoon...

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The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...

A legend of love at the castle of Torrechiara, “nunc et semper”

by Barbara Palladino The Castle of Torrechiara rises next to the medieval town of the same name in Langhirano, in the province of Parma. On its...