Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Christmas Trees in Italy By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com   The world’s largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy ‘s Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of … Continue reading

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Il Panettone  By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com As an Italian or Italian American, you can’t celebrate Christmas without sharing a Panettone with your family and friends. Whether you choose to eat it at the end of  “il Cenone di Natale,” with … Continue reading

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“Il Presepe”  By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com On December 8th we celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Vatican ushered in the “Year of the Jubilee.”  For the Italians, it was the start of a joyous Christmas season. The main … Continue reading

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Did you know… By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Ricotta cheese is not a cheese at all. It’s a creamy curd cooked twice. Ricotta literally translates to “re-cooked.” Similarly, the Italian biscotti are small pastries “cooked twice.” Gelato has a much lower fat content than ice cream. It … Continue reading

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“The Zampognari” By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Italy officially prepares for il Santo Natale. In most of Southern Italy, it is quite common to see the zampognari playing Christmas carols in grottoes, … Continue reading

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