The Befana Tradition in Italy

The Befana Tradition in Italy

Do you know who the Befana is? During the night between the 5th and the 6th January, all the children in Italy wait for the Befana to arrive in the houses and leave presents, sweets or sweet coal. But who is the Befana and why she gives sweets in the night of Epiphany? This old woman riding a broom […]

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The Festival of the Three Magic Kings in Spain

Do you know who the Three Magic Kings are? Differently from other Christmas traditions, in Spain the most important festival for children is the Fiesta de Los tres Reyes Magos (Festival of the Three Magic Kings) on January 6, also known as Epiphany. Christmas Day is also celebrated as in the whole Christian world but […]

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Nochevieja: The Best Spanish New Year’s Eve Traditions

Nochevieja in Spain is a magic time of the year. As you probably know, Nochevieja is the New Year’s Eve in Spanish. It literally means “old night” and it is celebrated with a number of traditions and superstitions that are believed to bring luck. On the 31st December and 1st January, every year people keep […]

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Top 5 Italian New Year Traditions

It’s time to discover some amazing New Year traditions! The New Year deserves a big celebration and Italians generally do it properly, with lovely New Year traditions. It starts on the 31st December with the New Year’s Eve and goes on the day after with a wonderful lunch and many ancient traditions that make it […]

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Where Santo Stefano Comes From

Do you know what Santo Stefano is in Italy? You probably know that after the big Christmas celebration, on the 26th December in Italy people have another important holiday: Santo Stefano. It is a Christian festivity dedicated to the first martyr, Stefano, who preach the word of God and converted many people to Christianity. For […]

Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain: Discover Some Lovely Traditions

Do you know anything about Christmas in Spain? If you are going to celebrate Christmas in Spain, you will spend an amazing time. As in many other countries, in Spain Christmas is a fantastic period of the year. So how do Spanish celebrate? Well, first of all you have to be aware that Christmas starts […]

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Christmas Eve Dinner in Italy

One of the most important Christmas traditions in Italy is the so called Cenone on the Christmas Eve. “Cenone” literally means big dinner, so you can easily imagine how abundant and tasteful it is! The Christmas Eve, within the Catholic religion, is one of the most sacred moment of the year; that is why originally […]

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Top Ten Christmas Markets in Spain

Have you ever visited some Christmas Markets in Spain? As in many other countries, in Spain Christmas Markets are an important tradition and every year attract a huge crowd of tourists. Let’s see what are the ten best markets in the country! Fira de Santa Llúcia. Considered the best Christmas market in Barcelona, it is […]

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Back to the past: the Christmas Market in Bolzano

If you want to live the enchanting Christmas atmosphere in Italy, you can’t miss the traditional Christmas Market in Bolzano! This amazing Christmas market opens from the 26th November to the 6th January in Piazza Walther, which is amazingly decorated with a very big Christmas tree and a Nativity Scene. The first market opened 25 […]

some lovely pasta recipes for Christmas

Discover Some Italian Christmas Pasta Recipes

Are you looking for the best pasta recipes for Christmas? There are many traditional pasta recipes perfect for a proper Italian Christmas lunch: some are very popular among Italians all over the world, others are more regional and less known but equally delicious! Normally each region has a local tradition and sometimes different cities in […]