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The Lure of Italy: Where is the best place to live?

The Lure of Italy: Where is the best place to live?

The almost definitive guide to where to live in Italy. The lure of Italy is indisputable. History, culture, culinary tradition, stunning landscapes… and naturally so many beautiful people. You’re smitten, what’s not to like? A great dilemma for many considering a move to Italy is finding the right answer to “where is the best place in Italy to live”. Ask the question on Quora or Facebook and five ... »

Italian Style Christmas

Italian Style Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And although you may be far from home, make the most of the season with our tips on how to celebrate an Italian Style Christmas. Your beginner’s kit should include first and foremost a Nativity Scene or presepe. These are essential during the holiday season and in Italy they have historical significance. Since the times of the Etruscans people have wors... »

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Your Daily Habits

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Your Daily Habits

Here we go again…the holidays!  For some, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us, it’s more of a mixed bag: stress, added expenses, family (with all the good and all the challenges), travel, illness, and of course, food, fun and festivities.  There’s nothing new in being more frazzled at this time of year, but wouldn’t it be nice to feel less f... »

Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Thanksgiving Day or Jour de l’action de grace is an annual Canadian holiday on the second Monday in October. It has been officially celebrated since November 6, 1879, when Parliament declared a national day of Thanksgiving. Celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving Day with this delicious recipe. Serves 2 to 4 as a main dish. Ingredients: 1 2 half- to 3-lb. pumpkin Salt and freshly ground pepper 115 gr ... »

Happy Thanksgiving from Canadian Ambassador Peter McGovern

Happy Thanksgiving from Canadian Ambassador Peter McGovern

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians and Friends of Canada in Italy! As summer time is fading, we are ready to get into a Fall rich in events with renewed enthusiasm. These months, Canada is in the spotlight of Italy’s cultural scene: musicians, dancers, authors and playwrights are drawing the media’s attention on Canada’s great cultural and artistic potential. What a pleasure to see that cultu... »

July 4th message from Amb. Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

July 4th message from Amb. Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

Dear Friends, It’s my pleasure, on behalf of the whole U.S. Consulate General in Milan, to once again wish my fellow Americans a Happy Independence Day – and a happy 240th birthday to the United States of America! It has been quite a busy year.  12 months ago we were experiencing the incredible Expo Milano.  By October 31, when the gates of Expo closed, the USA Pavilion had welcomed an astou... »

48 Hours in Rome

48 Hours in Rome

Day 1 Rome is truly one of a kind. It is filled with incredible buildings and architecture, ancient ruins from the great Roman Empire, and some of the most important religious landmarks in the world. The most difficult part about a trip to Rome is narrowing down a list of the best things to see in a weekend because there are just so many, but this trip is a compilation of as many amazing sites as ... »

Happy Waitangi Day from the New Zealand Consulate General

Happy Waitangi Day from the New Zealand Consulate General

On February 6 each year New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day. This national holiday marks the signing of what is regarded as New Zealand’s founding document, a treaty signed on February 6 1840 between the then Queen of England Victoria, and the chiefs of most of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori tribes. This holiday is at the height of summer on the other side of the world, where it is a g... »

Have you met the Befana?

Have you met the Befana?

In Italy, January means epiphany and that means the Befana! (be’fa:na) which usually marks the end of the Christmas season. The Befana is a character from local folklore who makes her appearance during the feast of Epiphany on January 6th. In fact the name Befana comes from the word epifania, the Italian name for the religious festival of the Epiphany, a Greek word which means revelation, manifest... »

Holiday blues

Holiday blues

The holiday season has begun, dear ones. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, and for those of us living in Milan, we’re going to have holidays again in a few days (S. Ambrogio) and then… Christmas time. When December kicks in we all feel like Christmas is here and the whole month is all about that. But. Holidays can bring up a lot of big emotions. Spending a lot of time with families, which is u... »

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