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

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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

ITALY'S INDUSTRIAL TOURISM

Italy is synonymous with the fine arts and its world-famous painting and sculpture galleries. Lesser well-known are the numerous museums dedicated to its rich industrial and crafts heritage. The Italian Touring Club has recently published a guide book entitled “Turismo Industriale in Italia”, listing a vast variety of museums large and small documenting this fundamental aspect of Italian life.

Some examples of places of interest include: the Galleria Ferrari, Maranello, near Modena, resplendent with its mythical racing car models, trophies and photographs, as well as the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum at Arese (Milan) exhibiting some of the company’s finest cars dating from 1910 to the present day, the Guglielmo Tabacchi Safila Gallery at Padua, specialised in examples of spectacles and optical instruments from the Middle Ages onwards, the shoe paradise of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Palazzo Spini Feroni, Florence, with over 10,000 pairs of shoes designed and produced by the celbrated footwear manufacturer and cocktail king Martini & Rossi’s Museum at Pessione di Chieri, near Turin.

Other industrial gems include the National Railway Museum (Naples), the Barilla pasta manufacturers historic archive (Parma), the Fiat Archive and Historical Centre (Turin), the Olivetti typewriter and calculator Historic Archive (Ivrea) and the Alessi Museum with a display of its innovative designs in household objects (Crusinallo di Omegna, near Verbania).   

For information: www.museimpresa.com

13 Dec 2008 More

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