Christmas Crackers in Tuscany

What are these??? Photo Jenny Mead

Although we have just spent our fourth Christmas in Barga, it was our first Italian one. We were invited to join our good friends, Alberta and Giuliano, plus members of their extended family; an invitation we accepted with alacrity. We also used this opportunity to introduce our Italian friends to that most traditional of English […]

Merry Christmas from Italy Chronicles!

Merry Christmas from Italy Chronicles

To those of you who celebrate it, all the best for Christmas and the New Year from Italy Chronicles! Many thanks for reading and commenting. PS Italy Chronicles will probably fall a little silent over the Christmas period – but will be back firing on all cylinders in the New Year! Cheers everyone! Alex Roe […]

Christmas is Coming to Barga: The Living Nativity

The Nativity

Since moving to Barga three years ago, I have rediscovered a love for Christmas so, needless to say, I’m beginning to get excited.  Here in Tuscany, the decorations are up, the tree is looking very smart and sparkly and the presents are all wrapped. For us, the festivities really start on the evening of the […]

Merry Christmas 2012!

Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it!  A Happy New Year too! Many thanks for reading and for all the comments, Twitter chats and general banter. The photo, by me, is of the Christmas tree in Milan’s Piazza Duomo – the spectacular cathedral of Milan is in the background.  It was a lovely evening too. If […]

Italian Christmas Song Babbo Baby Sung by Mad Italian Djs and Irene Grandi

Radio DJs, regardless of nationality, seem to be an extrovert, if generally invisible bunch. This loopy bunch of Italian DJs from the appropriately named RadioDeeJay station got together to record what could turn out to be sleeper Christmas hit in Italy – Babbo Baby.  There’s also the original, but less loopy version of the same track by Italian […]

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas – Sung in Italian

The Christmas classic I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas has been covered by a few Italian singers over the years. While some Italian artists have stuck with the English version a few others, such as Irene Grandi have translated the lyrics into Italian for their fans. Bing Crosby’s version is the best selling single of all […]

Discover the Christmas Cake of Abruzzo – Parrozzo

Italy’s cuisine never ceases to amaze me!  Christmas, as you will know and if you celebrate it, is coming.  This means that out come all the Christmas favorites, and in Italy just about every single one of Italy’s twenty regions has its favorites. Take, for example, Abruzzo which has its very own Christmas cake.  The […]

More Splendid Christmas Lights In Rome

Xmas Lights in Rome

After my Splendid Christmas lights in Rome post, another hotel in Rome, Hotel Kent, tweeted me more Christmas photos.  I liked their photos too, so I tweeted the Hotel Kent a request for permission to publish them.  Luckily, they said yes. It seems that Rome’s hoteliers are out and about this Christmas snapping away at […]

Splendid Christmas Lights in Rome

A Rome Christmas Tree

Via a Tweet from hotel in Rome Autohotel, I shuffled off, virtually, to Facebook to see some photographs of Rome’s Christmas lights. I liked the festive photos of Rome so much, I asked if I could pop a few of them here.  The Autohotel people said yes, which was nice of them, so here they […]