San Martino e Vino Nuovo

November 11 is the feast day of San Martino, from Tours, France. He gave away his wealth to the poor. He is often depicted on his horse, giving his half his cape to a homeless man. Venice celebrates this with a cookie. It’s a simple sugar cookie recipe, they have cookie cutters shaped like this…

December 13- Santa Lucia

One of my favorite things to do is to be in a place for a festival. Traveling around Italy these past 35 years, I have been lucky to attend a lot of festivals. Food is always a part of any festival in Italy, be it a state holiday or a church holiday. Today is the…

Candelora

February 2 is the Candelora festival. You don’t hear about it actually being celebrated much in Tuscany where I am, but rather used to know if winter is over. The roots of the festival go back to Roman times, the goddess Febris or the Etruscan god Februss, the month of February was time to purify…

December’s Holidays

December is filled with so many holidays that it is hard to make plans. The 8th is the Immaculate Conception, and has always been when the cities turn on their lights for the holidays and the Christmas Markets start. The city of Milano celebrates their patron saint, Sant’Ambrogio on the 7th, so they get an…

Tutti Santi e Defunti (Morti)

While the rest of the world is celebrating Halloween, Italy is commemorating their lost ones. November 1 is Ogni Santi, All Saint’s Day. November 2 is Commemerazione dei Defunti, or All Soul’s Day. As in many other Catholic communities, visiting your loved ones at the cemetery is expected. Most Italians live and die in the…