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Italian tradition: The Mimosa for Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!


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Strega Nona


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King Laurin

The Legend of King Laurin

The legend takes us back to times past. According to the legend, Laurin reigned over a diligent nation of dwarves. Deep in the Dolomites, they searched and dug for crystals, silver and gold. But not only treasures, also magic from another world came to the fore. A belt which bestowed the strength of 12 men upon its wearer, and a magic cap which made its wearer invisible.

Soon, fate would give our little King the opportunity to utilize both. Similde, the beautiful daughter of the King on the Etsch, is to be married. Her father invites all suitors to his court, only Laurin is left uninformed. Insulted and hurt, he vows to attend the party as an invisible guest. Gripped by the beauty of the King’s daughter, he kidnaps her to his craggy empire at the Rose Garden.

Dietrich von Bern, honorable Prince of Langobard, and other courageous soldiers suspected what happened. They followed Laurin and confronted him. Despite his magic belt, the little dwarf is threatened with defeat. But then he puts on his magic cap and disappears toward the Rose Garden – and into his own doom, for, although invisible, he comes into contact with the beautiful roses. The noblemen capture him and destroy his magic. Enraged, the Dwarf King curses the beautiful, thorny flowers. No one is to ever see the Rose Garden again, whether by day or night. But dusk ignores the little ruler. And to this day, the Rose Garden blossoms in all its glory everyday at sunset.


August 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Orani: My Father’s Village

Orani My Father's VillageOrani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola

Intriguing pictures full of small details bring alive the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of a small Sardinian town in the 1950s.


March 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

I Wish, I Wish


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La Befana vien di notte


La Befana vien di notte
con le scarpe tutte rotte
col vestito alla “romana”
viva viva la Befana!

Porta cenere e carboni
ai bambini cattivoni
ai bambini belli e buoni
porta chicchi e tanti doni!

.en translation

The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all broken
With a dress in Roman style
Up, up with the Befana!

She brings ashes and coal
To bad nasty children
To the nice good child
She brings candies and many gifts!


La Befana vien di notte
con le scarpe tutte rotte
con le toppe alla sottana
Viva, viva la Befana!

.en translation

La Befana comes in the night
With shoes completely broken
With her skirt all in tatters
Hurray, Hurray, La Befana!

La Befana

La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito alla romana
Viva, Viva La Befana!

.en translation

The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all tattered and torn
She comes dressed in the Roman way
Long life to the Befana!

Another version by Giovanni Pascoli:

Viene, viene la Befana
Vien dai monti a notte fonda
Come è stanca! la circonda
Neve e gelo e tramontana!
Viene, viene la Befana

.en translation

Here comes, here comes the Befana
She comes from the mountains in the deep of the night
Look how tired she is! All wrapped up
In snow and frost and the north wind!
Here comes, here comes the Befana!

January 5, 2013 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

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