Why do Italians Eat Lentils on New Year’s Eve?

Why do Italians Eat Lentils on New Year’s Eve?

It’s an Italian tradition to eat lentils just after the stroke of midnight on Dec 31st. Go to any supermarket in Italy on Dec 31st and the shelf of lentils will be empty. They are sold out and not eve...

Italian Style Christmas

Italian Style Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And although you may be far from home, make the most of the season with our tips on how to celebrate an Italian Style Christmas. Your beginner’s kit should...

Christmas Cake: An English Tradition

Christmas Cake: An English Tradition

Christmas cake is an English tradition that began as plum porridge. People ate the porridge on Christmas Eve, using it to line their stomachs after a day of fasting. Soon dried fruit, spices and honey...

Top 10 Mercatini di Natale in Italy

Top 10 Mercatini di Natale in Italy

It’s the holiday season and that means its time for the Mercatini di Natale or Christmas markets! This tradition, hailing from Germany where they are called Christkindlmarkt has over the years made it...

Have you met the Befana?

Have you met the Befana?

In Italy, January means epiphany and that means the Befana! (be’fa:na) which usually marks the end of the Christmas season. The Befana is a character from local folklore who makes her appearance durin...

Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

The holiday season has begun, dear ones. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, and for those of us living in Milan, we’re going to have holidays again in a few days (S. Ambrogio) and then… Christmas t...

Dressing for the Holidays

Dressing for the Holidays

December is a very social month. You may have the perfect outfit for Christmas day, however it won’t do to re-use the same outfit for New Year’s Eve which will require something even more spectacular....

New Year’s Message from Simone Desmarchelier Australian Consul General in Milan

New Year’s Message from Simone Desmarchelier Australian Consul General in Milan

Dear Easy Milano readers Buon anno! Happy New Year! Thank you to Easy Milano for offering the Australian Consulate General the opportunity to pass on our best wishes for a happy, safe and healthy 2015...

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