In Italy, Christmas continues until 6 January which is a national holiday celebrated as the Feast of Epiphany across the country. It marks the end of the Christmas season and celebrated with the birth of baby Jesus to the Magi (known as the three wise men). However, since the fourth century the birth of Jesus was moved to 25 December as we know it today. Continue reading “La Bafana Giorno”
One way to escape into travel without leaving your country is to immerse yourself in an international movie festival. Over the past two weeks the Italian Film Festival provided that much needed escape to Bella Italia. Continue reading “Living Italian in Adelaide”
On a cold winter day, there is nothing more relaxing than to curl up with a good book and a hot chocolate (or glass of wine). For travellers, it is a chance to research and read about new destinations to explore. Continue reading “Five Books to Inspire Post Lockdown Travel”
It would seem that international travel is off the cards until at least next year. Yet it does not mean you cannot experience the world through other mediums. Films about travel are one such way of immersing yourself in another destination from the comfort of home. Continue reading “Five Movies to Inspire Post Lockdown Travel”
2020 – the beginning of not only a new year; but a new decade. As the fireworks settle over the city and transform into a new dawn, January 1 is the perfect moment to reflect on the year that was before moving into a new year of exciting challenges and changes. Continue reading “New Year. New Decade. New Life.”
There is no question about it. Rome is hot. Especially during summer. Rome also happens to be popular, busy and crowded as visitors from around the world descend on the Eternal City. So how does one try and keep cool when the heat rises?
Continue reading “Escape the Heat in Rome”
If you are going to learn another language, then it should be in the country of origin. I have wanted to learn Italian for a long time, ever since my first trip to Rome in 2001. I fell in love with the country, people, food, wine, culture and the Italian way of life.
Continue reading “Learning Italian in Italy”
Today is Valentine’s Day. A day when everyone declares their love for each other. However, they may not be thrilled to hear the origins of this day are not so romantic. February 14 was created in order to celebrate the life of St Valentine of Rome who was beheaded because of his controversial beliefs. Continue reading “The Dark Side of Valentine”
From the first time I visited Italy last decade, I fell in love with the country. The people, language, food, history and culture were etched into my mind forever. So it is little surprise I will head back there later this year. Continue reading “Busking in Rome”
I will always love this photo I took of the Pantheon in central Rome. During the day the piazza is hot and crowded. But when the sun goes down the city vibe makes Rome even more magical. Continue reading “Photo of the Month: Illuminations”