CURIOSITIES

CURIOSITIES

THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO: AN ITALIAN MAGIC

lisa 31. March 2022 Tags: , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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 Once upon a time there was a piece of wood.

Pinocchio Thus begins one of the most beloved fairy tales in the world: that of a wooden puppet who becomes a child.

After more than 100 years, the story of Pinocchio has become a timeless fairytale, captivating entire generations of children.

Everyone knows them but few know of their origins. This wonderful message of love, trust and hope was born in Italy, in Tuscany. Read More

5 CURIOSITIES ABOUT ITALY

lisa 16. January 2022 Tags: , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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Italy is a country rich in history, culture and curiosities.

(Here the links to the other curiosities:  5 CURIOSITIES and 5 CURIOSITIES).

Let’s find out today another 5. Five, like the 5 senses of ANYWAYS EXPERIENCES.

1. THE SMALLEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

Vatican City - Curiosities about ItalyWith an area of just 44 hectares, the Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world, both in terms of number of inhabitants and territorial extension.

The form of government is absolute monarchy. The head of state is the Supreme Pontiff, who has full legislative, executive and judicial powers.

In addition to the state’s own territory, Vatican jurisdiction also extends in a certain sense to some areas of Rome and outside Rome, which enjoy the right of “extraterritoriality”.

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2. THE SMALLEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD

Solo Per Due - Curiosities about ItalyThe smallest restaurant in the world “Solo per Due” (Just for Two) is located in Vacone, in the province of Rieti, in a small and charming village located 68 kilometers north of Rome.

The structure is set like a precious stone in a fascinating and glamorous context, which dates back to the last century. The restaurant has only one table available. It is designed for only two people who want to relive the ancient traditions of Sabine cuisine.

The menu is drawn up and agreed with the guests and everything is studied in detail.

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3. THE OLDEST TREE

Chestnut - Curiosities about ItalyThe „castagno dei cento cavalli“ (hundred horse chestnut tree) is a hymn to the power of nature. It is a majestic tree surrounded by stories, legends, magic. It is the only one of its oldest and largest species in the world and therefore included in the Guinness World Record list.

It is located in Sant’Alfio, on the eastern side of Etna in Sicily. Although there is no precise dating, according to experts it is between two thousand and four thousand years old.

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4. THE OLDEST UNIVERSITY

Books - Curiosities about ItalyFounded in 1088, the University of Bologna is the oldest in the world.

The first studies centered on law, later added logic, astronomy, medicine, philosophy, arithmetic, rhetoric, grammar and then theology, Greek and Hebrew.

The university’s fame made Bologna a destination for distinguished guests and scholars.

In Italy there are 13 other universities that are over 500 years old.

 

5. PASTA MY LOVE

Pasta - Curiosities about ItalyThere are over 300 types of pasta consumed in Italy. They are divided into dry and fresh pasta, short, fine, smooth and striped.

The countless varieties are distinguished by type of dough, size, surface and the possible presence of the filling.

It is a variety that testifies to the immense wealth of the Italian culinary heritage, able to combine history and innovation, tradition and creativity of one of the most loved and appreciated products in the world.

Some of them are produced only regionally. Others, despite being produced throughout Italy, are known by a different name from region to region.

The shape is not just the fruit of the imagination. The different formats are a matter of taste. The choice is also linked to the consistency and seasoning with which the pasta will be consumed.

 

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PANETTONE: THE ITALIAN TRADITION

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When you see it on the shelves of the shops you think immediately: “It’s Christmas now!”

Without it, it’s not Christmas at all in Italy! We are talking about the typical dessert of the Christmas holidays that accompanies every family, every dinner, every toast of good luck. The undisputed king of Christmas parties, il Panettone!

THE PANETTONE BETWEEN HISTORY AND LEGEND

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Together with Pandoro (its version without candied fruits), Panettone is the symbol of Christmas in Italy.

Its origin is shrouded in different stories and legends. Read More

“AT ST MARTIN EVERY MUST TURNS INTO WINE”

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In Italy, on November 11th, St Martin’s festival is celebrated, also known as the summer of San Martino – Estate di San Martino.

This anniversary combines the Christian liturgy with the rural tradition, the opening of new wine barrels and the enjoyment of good food.

This festival recalls the story of solidarity and charity of St Martin from Tours.
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OTHER 5 CURIOSITIES ABOUT ITALY

lisa 2. March 2021 Tags: , , , , , , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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Do you remember the “5 curiosities about Italy” in our first article?

  1. In Italy we find the only 3 volcanoes in all of Europe;
  2. the shortest river in the world is in the province of Verona;
  3. the name “Italy” comes from Calabria;
  4. the Republic of Venice is the one that lasted the longest and
  5. cats in Rome have special rights.

Now it goes on! The 20 regions in Italy still offer many curiosities and anecdotes.

As you already know, the number 5 is a special symbol for us.
It is the number of the 5 senses, the basis of our philosophy and our experiences at Bel Paese.

Now let’s discover 5 more curiosities about Italy together! Read More

IN BOCCA AL LUPO – GOOD LUCK

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Are you taking an exam? In bocca al lupo.
Do you have a sports competition? A medical exam?
Are you going to play the lottery? Or meeting your ex? Again: in bocca al lupo.

Whatever obstacle or challenge you’re facing, in Italy you will end up in the mouth of the wolf if you need luck!

The Italian phrase “In bocca al lupo” (literally translated: in the mouth of the wolf) is used in a superstitious sense to wish “good luck”.

But where does this saying we hear so often in Bel Paese come from? Read More

FERRAGOSTO IN ITALY: ORIGIN AND TRADITION

lisa 11. August 2020 Tags: , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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Ferragosto Day in Italy

Closed schools, empty cities, crowded beaches, shutters with the words “We are on vacation”: this is the typical scenario in August in Italy, a month of rest.

Everywhere in Italy, August is a vacation month and therefore also rich in “sagre”, village festivals.

The 15th of this month in particular, Ferragosto is celebrated, the summer festival par excellence. It is the only summer holiday in Italy and we like to spend it in company.

The most anticipated summer festival has its origins in the history of ancient Rome and is then intertwined with the Catholic tradition. Read More

THE NIGHT OF SAN LORENZO

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August 10th: the night of wishes

August 10th is the most fascinating night of the year: that of the shooting stars!

It is a special night full of dreams and wishes, in which thousands of people are waiting for the shooting stars looking up at the sky.

Bonfires are organized on the beach, people sing and play guitar, bathe at night and grill in the garden.

For the night of San Lorenzo everyone is looking for the perfect place away from the city lights. Read More

ITALIAN COFFEE AND NEAPOLITAN CUCCUMA

lisa 2. July 2020 Tags: , , , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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COFFEE IN ITALY

From north to south, from east to west, people in the world have something in common, that makes them feel at home wherever they are: coffee, or rather the tradition of coffee.

In fact, so widespread all over the world it is not everywhere just a drink.

In Italy coffee is a ritual that cannot be renounced.
It is a way of being, a tradition, a moment of pause, relaxation and reflection.

Let’s have a coffee” is nowadays a common invitation to spend enjoyable time with friends.

The Italian coffee history begins with the Neapolitan coffee machine up to the moka and espresso machine and has influenced the coffee traditions of many populations. Read More