Some time ago, we started to introduce 2 of the 9 “Castles” of Arcevia, Caudino and Nidastore. Since Christmas season has already started, we would like to talk about another of these “castles”: Castiglioni. This hamlet gives, indeed, its best with “Presepe dei Presepi” festivals; a display of nativity scenes all around the old village…
Have you ever met la Befana? Well, neither have I, but I’ve always prepared a very delicious breakfast for her since I was a little girl. The legend of la Befana goes back in time, and is closely related to the story of the Three Kings, who come every year on the 6th January to..
Christmas in Italy is always a bit of a battle. There are the panettone vs. pandoro teams, and the albero vs. presepe ones. Whereas I have not made my mind on the first struggle yet, I was born in a family where the presepe has always been (and will always be) the only and one..
Every important tradition in Le Marche has its special meal associated. And here’s the Christmas one! This is more than typical, as it is only baked in a small area around Apiro and Cingoli: cavallucci. This name means small horses in Italian, but, to be honest, I can hardly see the resemblance of a horse..
Two posts ago I started the tradition to quote a Christmas Carol in order to give a hint on the current topic of the newest post. This time the hint would be: And a candle in the window, a flame against the night There’s a candle in the window, it’s like God’s perfect light Candele..
Among all the Christmas traditions some of them may be in common with many other regions and, more generally speaking, with the entire Italian peninsula. However le Marche can boast one Christmas tradition that is uniquely ours: I focarò (bonfire) della Venuta (arrival). December, 10th marks the day of Our Madonna of Loreto, which celebrates..