It’s Not Christmas in Italy Until . . .

Every country has certain rituals and traditions that give meaning to the 1950’s classic holiday song “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. For most it probably has to do with putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. In Italy setting up il presepe is what creates that Christmas feeling. Il presepe (presepio) is …

Invoke an Italian Saint

The landscape of Italy has always been populated by saints, sinners, pilgrims and kings. There is an evocative backstory of the spiritual and profane that can be found in almost every village and town in Italy. Roman roads, Renaissance cathedrals, monasteries and medieval castles were once the way of the pilgrim whose fate was determined …

The Land of the Fox, Squirrel, Badger and Dormouse

The rocks and woods of Italy’s Valle Santa di Rieti are filled with natural beauty.  The ancient forests, deep rivers and springs create a fertile plain with an abundance of wildlife living in such harmony with nature that it inspired St. Francis of Assisi to write the “Canticle of Creatures” one of the world’s most …

It’s Not Christmas in Italy until . . .

Every country has certain rituals and traditions that give meaning to the 1950’s classic holiday song “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. For most it probably has to do with putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. In Italy setting up il presepe is what creates that Christmas feeling. Il presepe (presepio) is the Italian Christmas crèche or nativity …