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Italy’s Christmas Witch: The Befana Tradition

Perhaps one of the most beloved characters in Italian folklore – at least among children – is that of Befana. Although her origins are not always clear, Befana has now become popular nationwide in Italy, serving as a representation of … 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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