ITALIAN TEA WINS CHINESE AWARD

 

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Italian tea grown in Verbania (Piedmont) scooped the Gold Award for international black tea at the International Black Tea Tasting Competition (December 2019), organized by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, against fiece competition from growers in India, Kenya, Korea, Thailand, Malesia, Turkey, Nepal and Vietnam.



18 Jan 2020 More

SPECTACULAR OFFIDA CARNIVAL

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One of Italy's most traditional and spectacular Carnivals sparks off on the 17 January, the Feast Day of St. Antonio the Abbot at the historic town of Offida (Marche) and carries on till the Grand Finale on Shrove Tuesday, 25th February 2020.

The culmination of the festivities is concentrated on the last weekend (Friday 21st Tuesday 25th) leading up to Shrove Tuesday, the eve of the start of Lent. On Friday 21st visitors can watch the ancient procession of the “Lu Bov Fint” (Fake Ox), a dummy bull made of metal and wood, that is carried all round the town and then subjected to an imitation “baiting”, while Shrove Tuesday brings Carnival jollity to an end with the “Vlurd”, a procession of over a hundred towering flaming torches that ends in the central piazza with a giant bonfire.

The fun does not end there, however. In mid-Lent there is a night-long party, known as the “M'rett” (eye mask in local dialect), which awards prizes to the best costumed groups in the lavishly decorated 19th century Golden Snake Theatre (so-named after a local legend).

Offida is a beautifully preserved medieval town, full of historic buildings, including the fascinating gothic Santa Maria della Rocca. The town has a six-century-long tradition in lacemaking that is still carried on today. The town's Lace Museum contains beautiful examples of the art including a handmade dress made by the Offida lacemakers and worn by model Naomi Campbell in a fashion show in London in 1997.

 

Info: Tel. +39.0736.88871/3343698314                    www.offida.it  

14 Jan 2020 More

ROSES FOR RAPHAEL

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Visitors to Rome can look out for the red rose laid on Raphael's tomb in the Pantheon during 2020, the 500th  anniversary of the death of the great Renaissance artist.  Each day this year, representatives of the Italian Cultural Ministry will pay a floral tribute to the “Divine Painter”, who died prematurely at the age of thirty-seven.

Raphael died in Rome on the 6th April 1520. He expressly wished to be buried in the Pantheon, (the collective Temple of the pagan Roman gods) which had been converted into a Christian church in the 7th century with the name of St. Mary of the Martyrs.

10 Jan 2020 More

THE BOOKS LEONARDO READ

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As we move gradually into the 2020 celebrations for Raphael's quincentenary, Leonardo da Vinci fans can still catch the exhibition “Leonardo e I suoi Libri” (Leonardo and his Books), held in the historic Biblioteca dell'Accademia Nazionale dei Linceie e Corsiniana situated in the grounds of the Villa Farnesina, Rome.





06 Jan 2020 More

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