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Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle – An Italian Christmas Carol

Tu scendi dalle stelle (From Starry Skies Descending) is an Italian Christmas Carol written by St. Alphonsus Ligouri in 1732. It is a beloved carol sung by many families on Christmas Eve, including ours. It was my father’s favorite carol … Continue reading

To Tour Or Not To Tour? That Is A Common Question

So many people traveling to Italy say they don’t want to be restricted by tours and want to do their own.  That sounds like a great idea until one realizes if you don’t book a group tour or hire a … Continue reading

Christmas in Rome

“O Christmas Trees” ‘O Christmas Tree” is a well-known Christmas carol, but in Rome, all of Italy actually, it should be “O Christmas trees” as in plural, and in abundance as they’re everywhere along with the beautiful nativity scenes.  Rome … Continue reading

Gelato: Insider Tip on Italy’s Delightful Frozen Dessert

Ciao Amici.  A stop to the gelato shop is a must for visitors to Italy. Dazzled by the beautiful displays of Italy’s favorite frozen dessert, many people don’t know the differences between the ice cream Americans are used to eating … Continue reading

Meet The Real Santa Claus: St. Nicholas

I’m a big fan of St. Nick.  And no, I’m not talking about the red, chubby Santa Claus; the over commercialized version we see everywhere at this time of year. I’m referring to the real St. Nicholas; the one who … Continue reading