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CULTURE AND TRADITIONS

Italy has a rich culture and history, and tradition is generally very important to the Italian people. Their cultural  heritage runs from art, architecture and opera music, to folk music, popular customs and street performances.
If you want to get married in Italy, you might be interested in finding out about Italian culture and traditions, whether these be connected to weddings in Italy or not. You might want to know about traditions in the area you are visiting or for the time of year you are going. If that is the case, read on!

Carnevale di VeneziaCarnevale in Italy takes place on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and Lent each year, although the festivities often start earlier - and why not?
Although ”Carnevale” is connected with Christianity, and more specifically with Catholicism, it actually has far more ancient origins, as it is believed to go back to pagan times where it was used as an opportunity to forget social rules and hierarchies and to have fun, play tricks and laugh.

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Valentine's day in ItalyYou will not be surprised to discover that Valentine’s day, the day celebrated all over the Western world as a day for love and romance, originated in Italy. What may surprise you more however, is how little the Italians make of it - at least on the surface.
There are many legends surrounding the origins of Valentine’s day, but the general consensus tends to be that the original Saint Valentine was a Roman priest executed for marrying couples in secret and against the orders of the Emperor.

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espresso coffeeDo you love coffee? The Italians certainly do. One of the images that most often springs to mind when one thinks of Italy is that of an elegant man or woman standing at a bar sipping a tiny espresso and watching the world go by.
In Italy, coffee is a source of intense national pride
and the Italians take it very seriously, boycotting places which do not serve good coffee, and generally snubbing after dinner coffee in restaurants to visit a favourite bar.
So how did a beverage that did not actually originate in Italy become a symbol of the Italian lifestyle?

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pullecenellaTheatre is very important to the Neapolitan people and is an integral part of the culture of the city, with figures from popular theatre popping up in stories, songs and performances on a regular basis.
It is a fascinating cultural phenomenon combining comedy and tragedy, masks and costumes, history and fantasy.
So if you are interested in theatre, then not only will you find Naples interesting to visit, but you might consider integrating it into your wedding, or even using it as part of your wedding reception.

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wedding-favoursIn Italy you cannot go to an important event without coming away with a small keepsake.
At events such as graduation parties, christenings, anniversaries, engagement parties and, of course, weddings.
These small, decorative bags and boxes, that we in the English speaking world know as wedding favours, are called bomboniere.

 

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