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A Lesson from a Shepherd Boy By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com While my children were growing up, they had to “endure” a yearly trip to Italy to visit their grandparents and other family members. Often, they complained that their friends were … Continue reading

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Why is the Italian language so difficult to preserve? By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com A recent BBC article claims that almost 8,000 universities in non-English speaking countries are offering programs entirely in English. Bachelors and Master degrees are chosen by over … Continue reading

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A Big Cover-up By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Over 47 Million tourists visit Italy every year. People flock to Italy to appreciate its history, poetry, music, lifestyle and art. They particularly appreciate the magnificent artworks in museums, churches, private collections and all … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com When traveling abroad always keep in mind that the locals do their utmost to communicate with the visitors. However, at times their literal translations distort the intended meaning. Here are some signs translated … Continue reading

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A moment in history… By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Italian economy was booming with a growth rate of around 6.2% per year.  Today, many look back and wish they could enjoy such a … Continue reading

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Italian Proverbs for the New Year By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Italian parents and grandparents were always there to guide us. Inevitably they always summed up their philosophy of life with a good Italian proverb.  Here are the top Italian proverbs … Continue reading

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“Big Cheese” or “Big Wheel” By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Are you the “Big Cheese” or the “Big Wheel” among your business friends? The terms “Big Cheese” and “Big Wheel” come from the Medieval times and were terms of respect for those who … Continue reading

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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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