Saint Lucy and the Castaldo

On the eve of December 13th, all the children in Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and other, more limited areas of Northern Italy go to bed with great trepidation, waiting for the arrival of St. Lucy. Some try to stay awake until the morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of her, as she comes to their …

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The Castaldo

The history of our family reveals a strong bond with a bygone job: that of the castaldo. Our society was for thousands of years a rural one. Back in 1951, when the Turri oil mill was established, over 50% of the Italian population worked the land. Now the percentage is much lower, but before the …

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Easter eggs

The Eastertide season has finally arrived, and with it, Easter eggs in every form and shape,

Supra lacum circa wardam

Since the dawn of time, the environs of Lake Garda have been inhabited by many different tribes and populations. In ancient Roman times it was called the lake Benacus, a name of Celtic origin meaning ‘horn’, on account of its shape. Other more extravagant theories for the name Benacus suggest that it comes from the …

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