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Italian Steamship Line 1930s Luggage Label Guaranteed Original No Reserve
italian steamship line 1930s luggage label guaranteed original no reserve
Rare Richard Genori Italia Luigi Radif Steamship Cup  Saucer Italian Line
rare richard genori italia luigi radif steamship cup saucer italian line
Old Vintage 1935 Italian Steamship VULCANIA Music PROGRAM
old vintage 1935 italian steamship vulcania music program
Old Vintage 1929 Italian Steamship HELOUAN Concert Program
old vintage 1929 italian steamship helouan concert program
Old Vintage 1925 Italian Steamship COLOMBO Farewell Dinner MENU
old vintage 1925 italian steamship colombo farewell dinner menu
Old Vintage 1935 Italian Steamship OCEANIA Music PROGRAM
old vintage 1935 italian steamship oceania music program
1932 augustus italian line cruise steamship lido deck sport travel f72
Vintage ITALIAN LINE Italia Steamship Logo Ginori Dish
vintage italian line italia steamship logo ginori dish
Great Graphic Steamship Italian Line Wanted Not Wanted
great graphic steamship italian line wanted not wanted
Old Vintage 1936 SATURNIA Italian Steamship DECK PLANS Cosulich Line
old vintage 1936 saturnia italian steamship deck plans cosulich line
1959 italian line steamship menu luncheon club italian festival hotel bradford
1938 Italian Steamship Lines Richard Ginori Lloyd Triestino China Luncheon Plate
1938 italian steamship lines richard ginori lloyd triestino china luncheon plate
1939 Italian Steamship Lines Richard Ginori Lloyd Triestino China Dinner Plate
1939 italian steamship lines richard ginori lloyd triestino china dinner plate
1938 italian line mediterranean cruise steamship sexy travel old f60
1934 mv saturnia passengers list cosulich line steamship italian ocean liner
Steamship Menu SS Cristoforo Colombo Italian Line Mar 29 1971 L149
steamship menu ss cristoforo colombo italian line mar 29 1971 l149
Old 1959 ITALIAN Line Steamship Brochure 1960 RATES Mediterranean
old 1959 italian line steamship brochure 1960 rates mediterranean
Vintage postcard Italian HOME STEAMSHIP LINE SS DORIC Panama regist 1978 unused
vintage postcard italian home steamship line ss doric panama regist 1978 unused
Vintage Italian steamship travel souvenir CONTE BIANCAMANO SHIPBOARD MENU 1950
vintage italian steamship travel souvenir conte biancamano shipboard menu 1950
italian steamship line great old tourist class luggage label c 1930
stiva italian steamship co to genova italy scarce luggage label c 1920
1935 Italian Line Ocean Liner Cruise Steamship travel art Vtg Print Ad
1935 italian line ocean liner cruise steamship travel art vtg print ad
Steamship Italian Line 1957 Brochure Rates Mediterranean  Europe
steamship italian line 1957 brochure rates mediterranean europe
Large 1940s Italian Steamship Line Luggage Label
large 1940s italian steamship line luggage label
1920s Italian Ocean Liner Advertising Poster Steamship NGI Roma Mediterranean
1920s italian ocean liner advertising poster steamship ngi roma mediterranean
Italian Line Steamship Leonardo Da Vinci Deck Plan 1966
italian line steamship leonardo da vinci deck plan 1966
Italian Line Steamship Cristoforo Columbo Deck Plan 1968
italian line steamship cristoforo columbo deck plan 1968
Midcentury ITALIAN LINE Freeform Ashtray Italia Navigazione Steamship Liner 2
midcentury italian line freeform ashtray italia navigazione steamship liner 2

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Wreck of the Italian steamship Ausonia by Josep Mª Castellví

During Il Carnevale, which starts the day after the Feast of Saint Agatha on February 4th and ends the day before Ash Wednesday, kids and adults dress up in costume. Kids go from house to house, like they do on Halloween here in the States, to get treats and to throw confetti (i coriandoli). Grownups attend lavish masquerade balls, or house parties if the money is tight. This tradition , which started during the late Medieval Times masquerade balls, was later enriched by La Commedia Dell'Arte because of its popular and funny characters like Arlecchino, Pantalone, Dottore, Capitano, Colombina e Mirandolina. La Commedia is comedy shows performed for free at the town square during the seventeen century and even nowadays during festivals. La Commedia is often impromptu and has themes like the lord of the house wooing and pestering the maid.

Venice and Viareggio are known for their fantastic celebration of Il Carnevale, taken even to the streets. Treats like strufoli and zeppole (pastries) , and castagne (roasted chestnuts) are enjoyed by everyone. The mood is A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale (At Carnival time every practical joke is fine). Il Carnivale is the highlights of winter fun, besides skiing on the sharp Italian mountains like the Alps and the Apennines.

Spring, summer and fall make the evenings enchanting with house parties on the terrace under a smiling moon where music to dance to, finger food and pastry to please the ear and palate. Common pastries are cannoli, granita (Italian ice), briosche (Italian croissants). Common drinks are Campari or Cynar on ice. If you like serious liquor, have a Grappa or Strega. House parties are a great means for students to socialize, make friends and find a sweetheart.

Ferragosto is a month long summer celebration.

Italians take all month of August off. People who live in the mountains go to the seashore. People who live by the beach go to the country side. City folks prefer the islands of Sicily, Sardinia or smaller islands like Capri, Alba, and the Aeolian islands. Everyone loves and visits the major cities of Venice, Milan, Florence, Naples, and Rome for their history, art and fine cuisine.

During Ferragosto, Italy becomes the Garden of Eden where fruits and vegetables are everywhere: on every street stands and al mercato (outdoor market): delicious watermelons, sweet grapes, apricots, plums and peaches, all kind of tomatoes, oranges, tangerines, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchini, and squash. Italy is also the land of picturesque vineyards and olive trees. The Virgin Mary is honored during Ferragosto in the Feast of the Ascension on August 15. Of course when it's so hot, Italians like to take an afternoon nap.

As saying goes "When an Italian sleeps alone, he or she sleeps with the angels; when the Italian doesn't sleep alone, the angels look the other way." This is romance Italian style! Of course, the only reason Italians may take an afternoon nap is because they work from 8:00am to noon, go home for four hours to eat and enjoy romance then back to work at 4:00pm until 8:00pm. The evening is to have supper with the family then go out and socialize with friends at the bar. A bar in Italy is also an ice cream parlor, coffee house and pastry shop.

The fall is for wine making. Even though machinery have taken over, grape stomping is still going on at least for entertainment and to keep the tradition. The vineyard owner invites family, neighbors, and friends who hand pick ripe grapes; then grape stomping starts. The midday meal at grape harvest usually consists of spaghetti with marinara sauce, stockfish alla cacciatore, seasonal fruits, popular Italian cheeses and, of course, the prior season's wine. A beautiful tradition is the guests make toasts in rhyme while enjoying the meal. One guest toasts "To wine-making, to health and prosperity!" Going around the table another say "May the white wine have perfect clarity!", and another guest may continue with "The meal is delicious in true sincerity." Jokes and pranks add to the joyful event. Guys woo the present girls by making poetic toasts and by trying to get the girls drunk. All at the table joke, tease each other while older folks remember "the good old days". The fun is real and wine is made. Viva l'Italia!

Most holidays are the same like in America and in Europe: Christmas Eve/Day, Easter and New Year Eve/Day; others are unique to Italy and to Italy's neighboring countries, like La Festa della Befana. La Befana is a good witch who brings presents to kids on the Epiphany Eve. Another holiday is Easter Monday, which Italians take very seriously. Easter Monday excursions to the country side and stopping at a local trattoria (a diner) for a fine meal or alla salumeria (a deli) for sandwiches are quite refreshing and very welcome after the forty days of Lent, the season for penitence and introspection.

Other popular religious Italian holidays are La Festa di San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph's Day) on March 19, Il Giono di Tutti i Santi (All Saints Day) November 1, Il Giorno dei Morti (All Souls Day) November 2, and L'Immacolata Concezione (the Immaculate Conception) on December 8 .

I must confess I am partial to Saint Joseph's Day, a popular Southern Italy holiday with a unique dinner (pranzo) menu: peachicks and rise soup, baccala (stockfish), fried calamari, stuffed artichokes, broccoli of rabe in garlic sauce, rise balls, and zeppole for dessert. Because Saint Joseph's takes place during Lent there are no meat dishes at the table where nineteen guests are invited and seated (19 because of March 19). The hosts and the guests recite a brief thanksgiving prayer before and several times during dinner: "Questa casa consolata sia con Gesu', Giuseppe e Maria!" (Let this house find always comfort in Jesus, Joseph and Mary!).

Italian baby naming conventions are quite simple: the first boy is named after his paternal grandfather, the second after his maternal grandfather; the first girl after her paternal grandmother, the second after her maternal grandmother; subsequent offsprings are named after a favorite uncle, aunt or very close family friend. In my case, I was named Joseph after my paternal grandfather. Italians celebrate also name days, besides birthdays.

The flavors of the Italian cuisine suit every palate. Northern dishes like risotto, osso buco, gnocchi, spaghetti with pesto sauce, and southern dishes like lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, baked ziti, stuffed shells, and pasta with marinara sauce are only a few. The list is far too long to be even mentioned here. What about pizza? Regular, Sicilian or spingioni. I knew I was going to catch you on this one! Ah, ah! Spingioni is a pizza made on the eve of major holidays when abstinence from meat is traditionally required: Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and Good Friday. The pizza is topped with tomato sauce, sliced onions and peppers (previously sautéed in olive oil and butter), breadcrumbs seasoned with parmesan cheese, oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary and olive oil. The pizza is baked while it is pressed down by a skilled, which is removed a few minutes before the pizza is ready, to have a crispy top.

Italian is the language of poets: Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, and Giovanni Boccaccio. It's the language of artists: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raffaello Sanzio. Italians celebrate their patriots in Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini, composers in Giuseppe Verdi and Gioachino Rossini, and in inventors like Guglielmo Marconi. What about love, passion and pure lust? Visit Verona and admire Juliet's balcony climbed by Romeo every night so he could be with his Juliet.

Like people of any nationality, Italians are proud of their heritage: they treasure it, they love it, and they perpetuate it. Beliefs, customs, history, culture, religion, arts and teachings make people who they are. They define and shape the individual in the continuity of history and civilization, and in the eternal flux of progress which makes the human soul reach beyond the heavens to touch the hand of God.

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