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The Italian Ferragosto

August 15th, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, tends to be a festivity across most European countries. But in Italy it’s a lot more than that. For Italians, August 15th marks the start of what is known as the Ferragosto, a celebration with years of tradition that combines the best of all summer festivities: music, food, outdoor activities, fireworks and much, much more. On the night of the 14th you’ll find bonfires on most beaches, groups of friends singing and waiting for the clock to strike midnight to go for a dip in the sea, fireworks that reflect on the surface of the water… and so, it’s inevitable to stay up until well into the am hours. The following day, Italian families share a big meal together, full of the traditional specialties of their local cuisine. One of the most typical recipes with a very long tradition in the area of Tuscany is roasted pigeon, and in the area of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano they prepare aniseed flavored sweets known as ciambelle. In fact, each city across bella Italia preserves its own traditions and events… so let’s explore some of them together! Milan Milan offers countless options when it comes to celebrating the Ferragosto. Starting with the night of the 14th, on the eve of the day, it’s customary to head to Sempione Park, where various types of events are usually held, and then on to Piazza Cannone, where many of the museums open their doors all night so we can admire their treasures. From the Archeological Museum to the Gallery of Modern Art, including museums of the likes...

The Grand Prix in Monza 2013

The beautiful city of Monza hosts every year the magnificent Italian Grand Prix, one of the oldest circuits in the formula 1. Famous for being one of the fastest and most dangerous in the world, the Monza circuit is part of Formula 1 since its inauguration in 1950 and, along with the British Grand Prix, attracts the most viewers from all around the world. Foto: Francesco Crippa Since its opening, the Monza circuit has been remodeled seven times. In this exciting Italian circuit, Formula 1 fans have been able to witness some of the best races of all time, as well as some of the most disastrous accidents seen in the sport of auto racing. Monza is a circuit known for its long straights and bends, where it is always possible to watch exciting races difficult to match anywhere else in the world. The total circuit length is 5793 km and there are 53 laps, which make a race of 307029 km to enjoy. The Italian Grand Prix is a circuit of great significance to the pilot Fernando Alonso, since it was there where he got his first pole position with Ferrari in 2010. Among the drivers competing for the world championship, only 3 have managed to win the Monza circuit: Sebastian Vettel (twice) Fernando Alonso (twice) and Lewis Hamilton (1 time). Last season, the British driver Lewis Hamilton showed the best of his abilities in the Italian Grand Prix, by winning the first place in Monza. Lewis led the race from start to finish, while defeating the favorites pilots Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso. The German Sebastian Vettel, the Spanish Fernando...

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