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The 1st May Concert in Rome

concertoLabour Day is one of the most celebrated annual holidays in the world. It was established to honour the workers who fought for the rights that we today consider obvious and guaranteed, at least in the major part of western countries. The tradition in Rome is the “Concerto del 1° Maggio” which happens every year since 1990 and that we suggest you to see at least once in your life. Organized by the biggest Italian trade unions (CGIL, CISL e UIL) along with Roma’s municipality, it takes place in piazza San Giovanni.

During this day, the “eternal city” doesn’t look that old. The 1st May Concert is indeed mostly intended for young people which participate in many (between 600.000 and 800.000 each year). The concert is free, that’s why everybody can join the crowd staying there from the afternoon until late at night.

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Mostra dell’Artigianato in Florence

fiera-dell'artigianatoIn our modern western societies, craft industry still holds a strong place as a symbol of humanity and tradition. We can particularly notice this through the success obtained by craft fairs in whole Europe. Florence is lucky to host each year in April an important event of this kind: the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato.

The 78th edition is happening this year with Iran as the Country Guest of Honor. With 55.000 sq.m, the Fortezza da Basso welcomes 800 exhibitors coming from 55 countries and from each region of Italy. Around 140.000 visitors are expected and, if you are one of them, you will have the opportunity to see and buy culinary specialties, clothes, jewels, furniture, decorative or useful items from every part of the world. China, Vietnam, Japan, Morocco or India are some of the numerous represented countries.

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A Day in Pisa

Torre-di-Pisa1The city of Pisa is mostly famous because of its Leaning Tower, but they are other things to see in this antic Maritime Republic. In the following lines we propose you a tour to visit in one day the longtime rival of Florence.

Few people know that the famous Tower, which construction began in 1173, was aimed to be the campanile (a freestanding bell tower) of the adjacent Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta. It began to tilt while it wasn’t even finished because of the sandy soil making its base unstable. These edifices situated on the Piazza del Duomo (renamed Piazza dei Miracoli by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio) together with the Baptistery and the Camposanto (a 1278-cemetery) are unfortunately among the last medieval monuments of Pisa. Indeed, the city suffered a lot from the Allied and German bombings at the end of World War Two.

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Culinary and wine tours in Piedmont

bagna-cauda0Second biggest region of Italy, the Piedmont is especially known for its industrial tradition, its mountains and for the Juventus F.C. On the contrary, its cooking is not so noted, at least not as its wines. We would like to invite you into a culinary and wine tour where you’ll discover delicious dishes to taste along with famous wines from Piedmont which all have a DOCG or DOC label guaranteeing their origin.

What we’re proposing you is a real Piedmont tour with suggestions about different dishes according to the area.

In Turin, cooking has its origins in the countryside tradition. It became more elaborate in time with the Duchy of Savoy court exigences and its will to imitate Paris’ cooking.  The great immigrations from the South during the 60′ also influenced it and are nowadays entirely part of the Turin cooking.

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Design Week in Milan

Salone-del-mobileMilan’s passion for design is famous as it is the second tradition of the city after fashion. Like each year in April, Lombardy’s capital is looking forward to the tens of thousands Italians and foreigners coming to visit the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (the most important event of its kind in the world) but also all the other events spread in the different quarters of Milan during the Design Week.

The Salone del Mobile takes place in the Rho Fiera complex and is aimed for workers in the sector, except during the weekend when it’s also open to the public. If you’re going to be part of the 40.000 people visiting the 12 and 13 April, prepare to see furniture of each style (classic, modern, contemporary) coming from the whole world and aimed to each room thanks to the side exhibitions focusing on furnishing accessories, kitchen and bathroom.