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10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on November 3rd, 2015

Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, the avant-garde of the ’900 are all in Genoa for an exhibition event hosted at Palazzo Ducale. From the impressionists to Picasso, the exhibition consists of 52 masterpieces coming from the Detroit Institute of Arts which will remain in the city until next 10th April 2016.

A perfect opportunity to spend a weekend in Genoa: walk along the medieval center, visit the Palazzi Rolli (the aristocratic buildings of the city), stop to eat pasta with pesto, chicken and tripe.

10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on October 26th, 2015


Saturday night in the museum

The most beautiful museums in the city are open until 11 pm on Saturday night: Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, Medici Chapels and Bargello Museum. In addition to those, for a perfect weekend art lover, there is the exhibition Divine beauty between Van Gogh, Chagall and Fontana, hosted in Palazzo Strozzi and dedicated to the relationship between art and sacred in mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century.

Art exhibition in Florence, the Divine Beauty

Halloween in Italy: the most beautiful rituals

posted by Home In Italy on October 23rd, 2015

Article from La Stampa newspaper – weekend

From the Piedimont costumes to the pumpkins of Friuli, from the Monsters’ show in Perugia to the fair in Sicily: up and down Italy to find zombies and legends. Many are the events for the Halloween night in Italy.

In Ampezzo, in the province of Udine, there is the commemoration of the Celtic New Year, when it was believed that on the night of the 31st October, the dead people would return accompanied by elves and goblins to visit the places they had lived. This is called the “Fiesta dalis muars”, meaning pumpkins feast, and takes place at sunset in the hystorical center of Ampezzo, lighted by torches, fires and fabulous light shows.

celebrating Halloween in Italy

In Umbria, do not miss the extraordinary event in Città di Castello, called La Notte del Grande Cocomero (literally “the night of the big watermelon”), with the traditional “trick or treat”, the themed aperitifs, the street artists exhibitions, live concerts and the Monters’ show, not only for youngers.

Let’s go to Sardina, where Halloween is called Animeddas (in the South of the island) and Su Mortu Mortu (in the north). There is the tradition to commemorate the faithful departed with the preparation of a dinner with handmade maccheroni, a glass of wine and a jug of water to be left on the table without cutlery but with a little oil light: the faithful departed visiting the house have the possibility to eat and drink all night long. The night of Halloween, following the Anglosaxon tradition, the children go from house to house for the trick or treat.

decoration for halloween

In Sicily, the is the habit to give presents to the children the morning of the 2nd November. In the past, parents used to go to the street markets after dinner to buy small presents for the children. Today, there is still the traditional Fiera dei Morti (“faithful departed fair”) and some parents still use to buy little surprises for their children.

The street market in Catania

10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on October 23rd, 2015

The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare has found evidence in Verona, where fantasy is mixed to legend and reality. If in 2014 nearly 300.000 messages of love have been left on Juliet’s home, it is not because that balcony represents one of the most beautiful love story ever, but because Verona is a city that makes everyone feel more in love.

The hose of Juliet in Verona

To reach Verona city center, enter the two gates in Piazza Bra, walk along the Arena and stop in the restaurant of Liston for a romantic dinner.
Not to miss: the art exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka, in the AMO – Arena Opera Museum -, Palazzo Forti
Not to miss in Verona: the art exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka