Category: Understanding the Culture & Customs of Italy

Customs and traditions are an important part of the Italian culture, which is why you can get a great cup of coffee anywhere, or there is a picture of a saint on your rental car. Many of Italy’s traditions are food-related, but there is also social etiquette to be followed and superstition to be reckoned with, so to avoid a brutta figura (looking like a fool) it’s a good idea to know more about protocol and culture in Italy.

Easter Processions in Italy – A Running Madonna in Sulmona and a Kissing Madonna in Modica at Easter Celebrations in Abruzzo and Sicily

Posted In: Interesting Festivals & Events in Italy, Provocative People & Cool Places in Italy, Understanding the Culture & Customs of Italy

The Madonna in Italy may not sing and dance, but on Easter Sunday she runs across the piazza in Sulmona, while in the town of Modica, the Easter Madonna is known for her kisses. Follow these fascinating Easter celebrations in Italy, during processions in Abruzzo and Sicily.

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Horses Decorated with Flowers at the Cavalcata di San Giuseppe Festival – Celebrate St. Joseph in Sicily

Posted In: Interesting Festivals & Events in Italy, Stories of Life in Tuscany & Sicily, Understanding the Culture & Customs of Italy

Horses decked out in elaborate flower-laden cloaks and headdresses, with necklaces of jangling bells, are the centerpiece for the sumptuous Cavalcata di San Giuseppe celebration in the town of Scicli in Sicily. The Festival of St. Joseph becomes a theatrical event during this unusual festa.

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