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this website, Italian pride, or just to say "buon giorno."
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or post a note in the Italian
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We will do our best to answer your quesions. Here are some of our
I would like to know the meaning of the 3 Jordon Almonds that were
once so popular to hand out at weddings as favors. What exactly
is the Italian Tradition on this. I think the actual meaning of
the three: is Health, Wealth & Happiness.
My brother is getting married soon and I would like to make the
favors for him. Being of Italian blood ourselves I thought it would
be something different to enclose the meaning or tradition of these
I'll be waiting for you response soon.
According to www.thenutfactory.com
At an ITALIAN WEDDING, five almonds signify five wishes for the
bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.
These almonds decorate each place setting as favors, tucked into
pretty boxes or decorative bags called "bomboniere". The
pretty packages are often personalized with the couple's names and
the wedding date.
Hope that helps
I had a question about Italian education.... is it valued? Who can
get an education? Is it free? what is a typical school day like?
And do they have the same grades as we do in the US?
Thank you for your question! This link from the Italian Cultural
Institute of Washington DC will lead you to a complete overview
of the entire Italian education system:
Also, you may be interested in learning about a famous Italian educator
by the name of Maria Montessori, whose ideas revolutionized how
children are taught around the world. She is one of the chapters
in our book, Italian Pride, which we have available on the web here:
Is it an italian tradition to bring wine, and bread to a
house warming party? I have heard that its meaning is for the recipient
not to ever go hungry or thirsty. Is this in fact true?
In some parts of Italy, housewarming guests bring a bottle of wine
to ensure the host never goes thirsty, bread so they never go hungry,
and salt to mend all wounds. (Sometimes a broom is also offered
so the house will always be clean!)
Bringing wine, salt and bread also fits perfectly into the Italian
model of "Convivio," which also happens to be Reason Number
Five in our book, Italian Pride, which you can read here:
Hope this helps.
I would like to know wher i could get a book or ideas how to do
my kitchen in all italian style. Every web site I go to don't have
any thing on your designs. I'm a little italian not much but my
cousin was and I love your colors and art. Could you please help
me? Thank you.
Try this link: http://www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/DAC-ART/italian-kitchen-design.html
I would like to know the history behind the song "Eva
I think you mean "Ave Maria," the Giulio Cassini classic
recently re-popularized.by Andre Bocelli and others. According to
Disc Imports Limited:"Giulio
Caccini's 'Ave Maria' was never 'lost' but it was unknown to most
music lovers in the Twentieth Century. In the last decade
of the 20th Century it achieved remarkable popularity, and versions
were recorded in the 1990s by Lesley Garrett, Charlotte Church and,
arranged for a Cello soloist, by Julian Lloyd-Webber . Andrea Bocelli
and Sumi Jo have also recently recorded new arrangements.
"Giulio Cassini was born around 1545 in Rome (or Tivoli?)
and died in 1618 in Florence. He was a member of the Camerata
- a group of nobles and musicians who met to discuss science, drama
and music, and was particularly involved in the attempts to add
music to ancient Greek drama, which led to Opera. Caccini
himself is often credited with the invention of the recitative style
of singing so essential to early music dramas. His "Euridice"
was not the first opera performed - that credit usually goes to
an opera of the same name by Peri, but it was probably the first
to have been written.
"Caccini's most famous work prior to this decade was the song
'Amarilli mia bell'" - it is still (at the time of writing)
his most recorded work. This came from a collection of songs
and madrigals called Le nuove musiche which also contained an
essay on the composition and singing techniques for the new styles
The"Ave Maria" as most of us know it today may not be
100% authentic, but to the best of my knowledge the authorship of
the original is undisputed, and printed versions have been available
before, including one from Schott."
If you would like to buy a CD of Ave Maria, click here: Ave
Maria on CD
I am an artist who was in Rome a few years ago. I have since
done a painting of the Bocca della verita, and my understanding
of its legend is that if anyone puts his hand in the mouth of the
stone, if he is a liar, the stone will not release his hand.
I need to verify this legend before I submit this painting.
Can you help me or direct me? Thanks so much.
Thank you for your email. There are many legends surrounding this
famous symbol of Rome, and Roma2000.it
confirms your legend at:
"According to popular belief it was said that any one putting
his hand in this mouth and swearing falsely, could not withdraw
Additionally, you can learn more about the Bocca at the official
Hope this helps!
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