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Italian Festivals: Why they are Vital to Every Community

Posted  June 17, 2015  by  Gianni Andracchio

Whenever our family traveled back to Italy to visit family, my father always insisted that we travel there in August. We always had to be there during the first three weeks of August. Of course, we always had summer vacation from school, but this was not the main reason why he insisted on August. My[...]

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Italian Gestures: Express Yourself with Passion

Posted  June 10, 2015  by  Gina Andracchio

{T-SHIRT IN ABOVE PHOTO SAYS: “There’s more gusto (double meaning: flavor/pleasure) being Italian”} One summer when I was thirteen, my family and I were lucky enough to spend a full month and a half in Italy during the summer. As usual, we spent the majority of our stay in Calabria (within the Province of Catanzaro) in[...]

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Italian Superstitions: What You Should Never Do

Posted  June 4, 2015  by  Matt Platania

During one of my weekend trips to Tubize, to visit my Italian relatives while studying in Belgium, I went out one evening to have a drink with my cousin.  Tubize is a town in the French-speaking part of Belgium, populated by many Italian immigrants who came to Belgium to work in the coal mines after[...]

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Travel to Italy: Tips for Starters and Why Italy is Unforgettable

Posted  May 27, 2015  by  Gianni Andracchio

I love my family and friends in Italy, and they are the main reason why I travel there.  I enjoy visiting them and just spending time with them.  When I travel to Italy, I very rarely go sightseeing.  In the past with my family, we never went to visit tourist attractions, and never went to[...]

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Cook like an Italian!

Posted  May 20, 2015  by  Gina Andracchio

I was fortunate enough to have spent my entire life in and around a kitchen led by incredible cooks in my family. Both of my grandmothers, my mother, my aunts, and cousins are all very talented and creative cooks.  I spent a lot of time with my Nonna Consolina who made some spectacular dishes such[...]

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Slow Down and Relieve Stress Like an Italian

Posted  May 12, 2015  by  Matt Platania

I look forward to going to Italy for many reasons. One of which is that I can truly slow down there. I am fortunate to be able to go to Italy and integrate myself into my relatives’ and friends’ daily life. When I visit my Zia Giovanna in Sicily, I am immediately thrown into her[...]

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