Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is marketed as the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States and, in recent years, has established itself as one of the best-known shopping holidays in the world. In 2021 in the European Union, 61 percent of shoppers intended to make purchases online and in store during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, according to Statista, a German database company.

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Black Friday trends in Italy

Lasagna might not be the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about Thanksgiving side dishes, but on some Italian American tables, the baked pasta is a holiday staple.

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Is It Even Thanksgiving Without Lasagna?

There is a running joke in Italy that the region of Molise simply does not exist. One of Italy’s smallest, poorest, and arguably least known regions, Molise has always lived on the fringes of Italian consciousness. It is merely a blip in international circles. While travel writers obsess over the rest of Italy, this land of livestock and valleys, the proverbial Wild West of Italy, rarely even comes up in travel magazines. For the past few years, the idea of a nonexistent Molise has been immortalized through the banalest of things – a hashtag. The hashtag, #ilmolisenonesiste (Molise doesn’t exist), has been used more than 14,000 times on Instagram alone.

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Notes From a Forgotten Part of Italy

Thanksgiving is not a recognized holiday in Italy, nor is it celebrated by Italians in the country. Nonetheless, the holiday plays an obscure yet important role in the history of Italian immigration to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These early immigrants, despite pressures to discard the cooking of their home country, melded their culinary traditions with those of their host culture to forge something unique – Italian-American Thanksgiving.

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How Early Italian Immigrants to the United States Survived Culinary Assimilation

We love our cani (dogs) like members of our own family. Choosing the best breed or rescue dog for your household is an important decision. Here is a secret to picking the perfect pup…make it Italian!

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Italian Bracco, the Italian Pointer Dog

While many are aware of the United States’ internment of roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II, few know that more than 600,000 Italian-Americans were branded “enemy aliens” and similarly experienced restrictions of their freedoms during this dark period of American history. When the Japanese attacked the United States’ naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, many Americans, including President Franklin Roosevelt, were convinced that “fifth columnists” or “aliens” – particularly immigrants from Germany, Italy and Japan, aggressor countries referred to as the Axis powers during World War II – posed the greatest threat to U.S. national security.

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During World War II, Italian-Americans Were Perceived As A Threat to U.S. National Security

A touch of magic and the feeling of a fairytale is what every couple hopes for on their wedding day. The alluring nature, history, and beauty of Italy make it one of the dreamiest destinations to become partners for life. The history of weddings in Italy dates back to the Roman empire. It’s not surprising that weddings in Italy are rooted in tradition. Here are some Italian wedding traditions you will find at a typical Italian wedding and can incorporate into your own wedding celebration.

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Make these Italian Wedding Traditions part of your Special Day

Italy is known for being the birthplace of some of the most revered classic writers of all time – including Dante and Niccolò Machiavelli. However, Italy’s literary acclaim is not something of the country’s past. There is no shortage of contemporary Italian writers making their mark on history at home and abroad.

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10 Contemporary Italian Writers You Need to Read

Halloween is not celebrated in Italy as it is in the United States. The holiday is marked in the country and around Europe as Tutti I Santi, or All Saints Day, a Christian celebration that honors those who entered heaven as saints. However, the idea of Halloween is popular in the country, with supermarkets selling pumpkins and spooky decorations and bars and nightclubs hosting Halloween nights to mimic the ambiance found in the United States. Some markets and museums will also hold events for children to allow them to partake in dolcetto o scherzetto (trick or treating.)

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Celebrate an Italian Halloween with some of the country’s spookiest ghost stories

Save the ancient ruins for the daytime and take in the storied history of 5 of Rome’s spookiest places for an after-dark thrill.

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Rome After Dark: The Spookiest Places in Rome