NAPLES HOSPITAL SURPRISING CALENDAR

 The Pascal Institute of Naples, specialising in cancer research, has launched an unorthodox fund-raising calendar involving its doctors and specialists, who appear on its pages posing as magicians and fortune-tellers.

08 Jan 2009 More

BEFANA HAS A HOME

 

Epiphany (6th January) is traditionally the day when Italian children receive gifts from a kindly old witch known as the Befana (a corruption of the word “Epifania”).

04 Jan 2009 More

                                

                BUON  NATALE  E  FELICE  ANNO  NUOVO

               MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

       For the past four Christmasses, the “Wishing Tree” has greeted passengers and visitors to Rome’s Termini Station. The tree started off as an ordinary Xmas Tree ¿½ one of several that decorate the foyer and entrance hall of the city’s main railway station, but then, quite spontaneously, people began to pin scribbled notes on to the lower branches. First, it was mainly children, with their lists of wishes for “Babbo Natale” (Santa Claus), but now the tree is submerged with the hopes and wishes of passengers of all ages and nationalities. Some are from students begging Babbo Natale to help them pass their exams or to find a job, while lovelorn teenagers pray for divine intercession to “make Roberto notice me” or “convince Giulia to come back to me”. Others, on a more serious note, beg for good health or to be healed from an illness. A grandmother prays that “her grandchildren will always be safe and well” and there is even someone who hopes for “a good government”.The “Wishing Tree” seemed to us an appropriate symbol to convey our personal wishes to all our readers for good health, tranquillity and prosperity  - in short, every conceivable good thing ¿½ for this Christmas and the coming New Year.Signed: Julia Davidson, Margaret Stenhouse,        Harry Reid, Antonio Rigillo and all our editorial staff.

 

 

 

     MERRY CHRIS

 AND                       

20 Dec 2008

DONNA FUGATA SAVES HISTORIC GARDEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0ne of the few remaining examples of the unique circular walled gardens of the Sicilian island of Pantelleria has been saved for posterity by Donna Fugata, one of Sicily’s top winegrowers.

20 Dec 2008 More

ALTA BADIA CHEF'S CUP

 

Gourmets will have their little corner of heaven in the Italian Alps this January, when the 2009 edition of the Chef’s Cup Sudtirol takes place at the resort town of Alta Badia, near Bolzano.

 

17 Dec 2008 More

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