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 and enjoy listening to music and reading poetry. Later they…

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. During the Renaissance, a small…

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 of Gallina. Later that night, while everyone slept,…