Siena Palio

Extra Palio in Siena Will Commemorate 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI

An Extra Palio – Palio Straordinario – will be run in Siena on 20 October 2018.

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Funghi Porcini

Porcini Mushrooms: How Italians Ease Into Autumn

Some time between beach season and boot season, porcini mushrooms begin to arrive in the market, at road stands, and on menus. Though they are available almost year round, porcini are one of the true harbingers of autumn in Italy, their nutty flavor and mossy smell pulling diners away from the beach and into the cozy embrace of the woods.

What’s On in Italy: July

July is the time for music, and there are tons of festivals throughout Italy this month to keep all kinds of music lovers happy. Some of the best are highlighted below. There are also a few big feast days/events celebrated…

What’s On in Italy: June

June is the month when Italy explodes with festivals, concerts, sagre, and more as summer gets underway. Starting it all off is Republic Day on June 2. Look for a military parade and a tricolore flyover of military jets in…

Mimosas for sale for International Women's Day (La Festa delle Donne)

La Festa Delle Donne – International Women’s Day in Italy

Italy celebrates International Women’s Day – La Festa delle Donne – with mimosas and a free museum day.

She Wolf in the Capitoline Museums

Natale di Roma: Rome Celebrates Its Birthday

This post is about the birth of Rome, not about the birth of Christ. Both occasions use the word “Natale” in Italian. For posts about Christmas in Rome and Italy, click here. Most city foundation stories are pretty straightforward. But…

Cortili Aperti – Italy’s Open Courtyards

For 17 years, ADSI, the Historic Home Association of Italy, has been working in conjunction with the owners of the country’s estates and villas to bring a program called Cortili Aperti, or “Open Courtyards,” to the public. The 2011 edition…