What is the Italian Holiday Ferragosto?

Buon Ferragosto! A popular greeting heard amongst Italians towards the end of summer. Ferragosto, technically August 15, is the official start to the Italian exodus out of the city to the clean, cool air of the mountains or to the sunny, playful costal beaches. It is a scared time, a time to spend with family and friends; to forget about work

The History of Valentine’s Day in Italy

The romantic Festival of Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Italy as it is in the United States, however the tradition of Valentine’s Day is a little different in Italy. History of Valentine’s Day in Italy Valentine’s Day was initially celebrated as a Spring Festival in Italy. Celebration for the day was held in the open air. Young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens

What is Majolica?

Majolica is glazed pottery often associated with certain regions of Italy, although it also is produced in other parts of the world. The name majolica was derived from Majorca, the port from which majolica originally was traded. Italian majolica and italian ceramics are world renowned because of their master craftsmanship and durability. Italy has a long-standing tradition in the production of ceramics and pottery dating back to the 13th century.

Learn How to Decorate your Home in Italian Style!

For many, choosing to decorate their home in Italian decor is a lifestyle choice.  We love to surround ourselves with the “essence” of Italian life. Family, friends, and that comfortable, lived in feel is what we look for when decorating a home with one of a kind italian pieces. The great thing about changing up the look and feel of

Finding Good Fortune in the Italian Ceramic Rooster!

The famous Italian ceramic Rooster Pitcher symbolizes “Good Fortune”. Italian tradition is to  give it as a housewarming or wedding gift, to protect from trespassers and dangers. The origin of the “Rooster Pitcher” dates back to the early Renaissance period in the Republic of Florence, Italy. During this time, one of the most powerful and leading landowning families, the Medici’s, held a feast in the nearby village

A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Murano Glass

Welcome to the world of Murano Glass collecting! Murano glass has a lot to offer the collector, a long lineage of artists dating back to the 12th century to the current maestri living and working in Murano, Venice. Where do I Start?  One of the best ways to learn about Murano Glass is to visit a collection or search the web,
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