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The Italian Tooth Mouse

I don’t know about you but I like odd holidays, like today’s Tooth Fairy Day, which is celebrated on both February 28 and August 22. Although here in Italy, we’d have to call it Tooth Topolino Day, in honor of Italy’s very own tooth mouse! 

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Happy Ferragosto!

What better way to wind up the hottest part of summer than with a Ferragosto post, right?  Yet I can hear you asking, “Ferragosto? What in the world is it?”  Well, it literally means “August vacation or holiday” And it’s the day (on August 15) officially celebrating the summer vacation from work.

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Old-Time Italy and the Donkey

This old picture of women returning from the fields may not be of the greatest quality. But it really captures what small town southern life was once like in Italy, where the donkey reigned supreme. Even long after the first few cars started appearing, many continued to rely on the humble asino as their main mode of transport.

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Castle in Vasto

You’ll find castles in many Italian towns, both large and small, like this Palazzo d’Avolos in Vasto, Abruzzo, once the residence of the marquises of Vasto. Located on a large terrace right along the sea coast. It’s enclosed garden with a beautiful pergola covered in grape vines and benches covered with majolica tiles presents a breathtaking panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea.

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Italian Worm Cheese and Culture Shock

We have a saying in Italian. Non c’è niente di nuovo sotto il sole. (There is nothing new under the sun.) And yes, I know it’s from the Bible. But I also know that King Solomon, who wrote that, didn’t live in a foreign land. Otherwise, I wonder if he might not have changed it to: “There is something new under the sun. Every day, and in countless ways!” 

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A Tuscan Walkway

Because many, indeed most, Italian towns and cities are ancient, they are full of interesting features. Tunnel walkways, old city walls, narrow little alleys, and surprisingly wide but hidden courtyards. While Italy is a land of many museums, just strolling around Italian towns provides its own cultural and artistic tours, complete with bits of history!

Image is my own.