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Museo del Costume Teatrale al Serrone

Discover Small museums: in Serrone Museum of Theatrical Costume

The museum of theatrical costume in the old town of Serrone is a small treasure-trove where the visitor can let imagination go free and ‘tread the boards’ identifying with the world of this or that character. Become a dancer, an eighteenth century Count, a nineteenth century gentleman or wear clothes…

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A treasure-trove of traditional poetry in Artena

A life given to traditional ageless poetry with alternate rhyme and to international poetry contests, 5 books penned, and a boundless love for Artena: this is Ezio Bruni – a man filled with poems in song. First things first: What is a poem in heroic verse with alternating rhyme? What…

best barber of the world Isola del Liri

Museum of the world's most interesting barber in Isola del Liri

Right in the center of Isola del Liri, in front of the imposing waterfall, in a late Neapolitan Baroque tenement you can find something unexpected: the world's most interesting barber! I do not know if Marco Sardellitti is the best barber in the world or not, but he certainly is…

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Talk to your pet on January 17, Feast day of Saint Anthony!

Blessing the Animals is one of the most engaging religious events in the calendar and takes place on January 17, the day of the death of Saint Anthony, one of the most interesting figures of the Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran Churches. Suddenly the churches are full of pets meowing, barking…

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Last Tango in Palace

Astor Piazzola, Marcantonio Colonna Palace, Paliano, Chamber Orchestra of Frosinone – what do they have in common? Tango in palace for our pleasure. Is it not a paradox that essentially sensuous music from the 20th century should vibrate the thick stone walls of a monument of renaissance or even earlier…

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Which witch is the Befana Witch?

What is it that attracts mothers in Italy to the spirit of the Christmas witch, the Befana witch? Why is it that so many mothers wrap themselves in a black shawl and, cackling at their offspring, present an image of an old hag, one whose femininity has been lost or…

Befana e la tradizione della Dea Diana

The origins of the Befana: a festival dedicated to nature

All parts of the cycle of nature and also the feast of January 6 were created to celebrate an important moment in the life of the plants. Although today we see only the Three Wise Men or Befana, it all begins many years before and is linked to the winter…

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Bagpipes at Caetani Castle in Trevi nel Lazio

My afternoon tour, with Giancarlo Flavi, on the second last day of the year, had us heading into the Simbruini mountains and the Regional Park, up from the Cesanese vineyards of Piglio, through the high plains of Arcinazzo to hear Scottish Bagpipes in Trevi nel Lazio, a Ciociarian town sitting…

Presepe del Serrone

Presepe of Serrone imagining Bethlehem

It is Thursday after Christmas on an early winter’s day in Serrone, in central Italy, with bright sunshine and a breeze blowing the leaves off the oak trees and spreading them in little swirls on the road. Our friend, Giancarlo Flavi, has drawn Claudia and myself from the quiet of…

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Jean Sibelius symphony of Finland

The first week of December has been a smorgasbord for readers of this blog who are lovers of classical romantic movement as we celebrated the singing majesty of Maria Callas and José Carreras. And now we enter the second week with one of the great romantic composers, Johan Julius Christian…

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