Father’s Day-San Giuseppe

Most of the world is in a frenzy celebrating Saint Patrick’s day, which in Italy is mostly expats and students hanging out in the Irish pubs. But we all wait for San Giuseppe as it is always celebrated with food! Surprise. San Giuseppe ( Saint Joseph) is also Father’s day in Italy. Each region of…

Festa delle Donne- March 8

Today is all about celebrating women, you will see the lovely mimosa blossoms everywhere for sale or as gifts from shopkeepers. I have written about it on my blog. This year Italy decided to have a transportation strike! Another wonderful thing about living here… these one day strikes, to screw things up! Tonight many women…

Too many Saints!

I really didn’t want to post too often, but the holidays are just back to back right now. Some are just for fun, but some actually affect you daily life. If a town has a patron saint or two, like my village, things shut down. Today is Valentine’s day, which needs to introduction, although now…

Carnevale-Berlingaccio

One of the most colorful of all the holidays and perhaps wildest, is Carnevale. Each region has a different way of celebrating some more famous than others. Nearby in Tuscany, we have a huge parade in Viareggio, which I have attended and adored. Huge floats made from paper machè on large structures, often with moving…

Sant’Agata

Yes, winter has a lot of holidays that have wonderful celebrations. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that nothing is being done on the farms right now and it is dark and cold and people need to bring some joy into their lives? Also, not all Saint’s days are celebrated all over…