Ferragosto is a public holiday in Italy celebrated on 15 August. It has ancient origins with the Feriae Augusti, the festival of Emperor Augustus, who made the 1st of August a day of rest after weeks of hard work on the fields. The national holiday presents the opportunity for Italians to escape the heat – but not before one last hurrah. A national holiday to celebrate the start of the holidays - the Italians know how to enjoy themselves!
Guiseppe Verdi's Nabucco hosted on Rai3 by Luca Zingaretti. Even when watching it on TV and not live in the Arena di Verona, it takes you to the Arena to experience sensational settings and the drama of Verdi's opera (without commercial breaks). But beyond the artistic greatness of this opera, it is the political significance - given it later - that has decreed its long-lasting popularity. The parallelism between the opera and the Risorgimento movement is underpinned by the Va Pensiero anthem.
Is there anything better than spending a nice day on the beach in the company of a well-written Italian detective story? Some Italian authors have invented new central characters; others have given new life to investigators already adored by the general public. Whether Donato Carrisi's House of Voices or the lastest novel from Gianrico Carofiglio, The Measure of Time or even a revisit of Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano's conscience.
Il paradiso delle signore is an Italian period drama television series on RAI Italian television, and its highly anticipated 7th season is returning on 12 September. The series focuses on the lives of the owner and workers of a department store based in Milan. The long running drama and most popular series on Rai TV is about a poor girl from the South of Italy coming to Milan to escape an unfaithful fiancé and finds a job as a salesperson for a department store and enters the world of fashion.
Newspapers have crowned Limoncello Spritz as the summer drink of the year. The Limoncello Spritz is a delightful combination of limoncello, prosecco, and club soda that will transport you to an Italian lemon grove. Add some mint and lemon slices for color, and you've got a simple cocktail that is also easy on the eyes. The limoncello spritz originated in Italy, with limoncello itself coming from the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. It is oftentimes called the Amalfi Spritz because of this.
In the new book by Lorenza Scalisi - Tutti i piatti dei Presidenti she takes a behind the Scenes look of the Cuisine of the Quirinale (just published by L'ippocampo). She provides an overview of the different menus and dishes of all Italian Presidents. Thirty years of recipes, stories and anecdotes in the kitchens of Palazzo del Quirinale. A book planned and developed in conjunction with the chef of the Quirinale Cuisine Fabrizio Boca.
Claudio Baglioni will be in Rome over summer for concerts at the Baths of Caracalla on his "Dodici note" Tour - a new journey of art in art, which began at the Rome Opera House. It will be the first time ever that the summer season of the Opera di Roma at the Baths of Caracalla will host twelve consecutive evenings by the same artist - Claudio Baglioni. He is presenting a symphonic pop-rock concert, which combines the sounds of the great classical orchestra with a lyric choir and a big band.
A Concert tribute to Lucio Dalla was held at the Verona Arena on the 3rd June with many stars singing Dalla songs, including Marco Mengoni, Alessandra Amoroso, Giuliano Sangiorgi, Il Volo, Gigi D’Alessio, Marco Masini, Tosca, Ornella Vanoni and the Small Choir of the Antoniano. This thrilling event being presented at the Arena di Verona on Raiuno moderated by Carlo Conti and Fiorella Mannoia. Many anecdotes and memories were presented by the various big names of Italian music, and Dalla songs.
Commissario Montalbano: After the end of the series Mimì Augello did not remain idle. The commissario's faithful friend and colleague is played by the actor Cesare Bocci. He admits that the role of Mimi was a role of a lifetime. Twenty years dedicated to a project that has exceeded all his expectations.It gave him visibility beyond Italy. He took part in other very successful television dramas, such as Elisa di Rivombrosa, playing Doctor Ceppi. Or in Imma Tataranni - playing a charming criminal.
Eurovision's gourmet people are already on the march: as is the tradition in most of the countries participating in the festival, the event that this year will be held in Turin is also associated with some of the best cuisine's in Italy. Whether at home with friends or family, or going out to watch the Eurovision to make new acquaintances, feel part of a music world without borders . Here some suggestions for take-away food and a couple of restaurant options during the Eurovision Song Contest.