What comes to mind when the city of Milan is brought up? Shopping? Fashion? Art? There is  no denying that Milan has amazing style and an abundance of magnificent artwork but the beauty of Milan doesn’t stop there. When the sunsets in Milan, there’s no need to be upset that the day has come to…

In the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, Venetians don their distinctive masks and celebrate like no other city on earth. During the city’s centuries-old celebration, Carnival, visitors will be treated to the finest earthly pleasures, including succulent food, exquisite music, and perhaps the promise of a romantic escapade…or two! It’s the masks, however, that…

If skiing is your thing, or even if you’re not quite there yet, consider the slopes of Italy for your next getaway. That boot-shaped peninsula on the Mediterranean has a plethora of world-class ski resorts scattered from the Alps to the Dolomites. All spaghetti legs? No worries. The only requirements on these slopes are a…

There is no more magical place to ring in the new year than in Venice, Italy. People from all over the world descend on the famous city to take in the splendor of the holiday season, culminating with a festive party on the last day of the year. With the city all aglow in lights,…

As Christmas approaches, churches all over the world put up outdoor Nativity scenes for their neighbors to enjoy, and to perhaps reflect on the meaning of this annual feast. As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. This visual lesson receives no greater attention than at Saint Peter’s Square in the…

The Feast of the Seven Fishes (Festa dei sette pesci) is an Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition that dates from the early 1900s. The custom is an adaptation of la vigilia (“the eve” or “the vigil”), a Christmas Eve celebration throughout Italy. Many Italians traditionally abstain from meat on Christmas Eve and the eves of other Christian holidays.…

Rome, Italy, is filled with ancient history, with ruins and structures dating back to Roman times sit around every corner luring one in. The Roman Forum, Colosseum, and the Pantheon are only a minuscule number of the attractions people venture to Rome to see; and they are hard to miss! Also it’s hard to miss…

Colors are the smiles of nature. Cinquette is a very happy place that is sure to make everyone that passes through leave filled with joy and positive energy! In honor of National Crayon Day (March 31st), check out these 10 facts about secret ingredients, fine art, and how to plan your next vacation around the…

Il cenone is the feast of thirteen dishes in the Italian Christmas lunch tradition. While this special tradition is centered around seafood, you likely won’t find this feast unaccompanied by the dessert bread, panettone. Panettone is extremely popular at the Christmas lunch. History of Panettone If you are invited to an Italian Christmas lunch you…

December in Italy is one of the most magical times of the year, it fills up with beautiful Christmas trees and glistening lights making you feel the Christmas atmosphere. Christmas in Italy is normally celebrated from December 8th (The Immaculate Conception) until January 6th (The day of Epiphany) which gives you a whole month to…