Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's carnival time!

Carnival or Carnevale is currently in full swing in Italy. Adults and children alike are dressing up in costumes and enjoying the numerous sweet culinary delights and celebrations throughout the country.

Venice has one of the most famous carnivals in the world and draws thousands of tourists each year to join in the city's festivities and show off elaborate costumes and masks. 

image source Davide78via flickr.com 

Celebrations aren't limited to the larger cities though. Even the smaller towns and villages have organized festivities including floats, fancy dress contests, concerts and other activities.

Frappe, as they are known in Rome (they also go by different names depending on the region of Italy) are a typical carnival food. These crispy, sweet treats are one of the popular traditions of this period.

Image source Scissor.Studio via flickr.com  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Italy: The winter wonderland

Over the past week Italy has been immersed in snow. Although this is a fairly common event in the northern part of the country, it has taken other regions by surprise and caused various problems especially in major cities like Rome. In fact, Romans haven't seen snow like this since 1985.

Schools have been closed (although it is said that they will be reopening later this week), Doctors and nurses have been sleeping at the hospitals and unfortunately several deaths have been registered caused by the cold weather.

A few photo's of the snow covered capital.

The snow definitely gives Rome a completely different look than the usual.


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