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PANETTONE and its legend

Once there was a poor baker's boy named Toni. On Christmas Eve he had worked hard to knead bread and buns. He was very tired, his back ached but his day was not over yet.

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8th December

The Immaculate Conception of Mary is a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, according to which the Virgin Mary was conceived without any stain of original sin. It is completely distinct from the Virginity of Mary and the virgin birth of Jesus, though it is a popular mistake to confuse them.

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Christmas is on the way

Christmas time starts in Italy on the 8th of December and ends with the Epiphany on the 6th January. In this period, just waiting for the Jesus's birth, markets are held showing numerous decorations, nativity figurines, sweets and gifts.

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15th August in Italy

Ferragosto is an Italian holiday celebrated on August 15. Originally, it may have related to a celebration of the middle of the summer and the end of the hard labour in the fields.

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TOSON D'ORO in Vasto 7th August 2016

30th Edtion, in the City of Vasto (CH):Toson d’Oro

It is the historical parade of the arrival in Vasto in 1723 of the Conestabile Sir Fabrizio Colonna to be given the necklace of the Toson d’Oro by the Marquis of Vasto Sir Cesare Michelangelo D’Avalos.

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Green Beans with Bacon

INGREDIENTS

** 1 pound fresh green beans, ends snipped off and discarded, extra long beans, cut in half if you want
** Salt
** 2-3 slices of bacon
** Black pepper
**1 lemon juice or cider or red wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

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Summer and fruit

Italians often ask for a MACEDONIA dessert at the end of their meal at Restaurant. MACEDONIA is what you say "fruit salad". With its 80% - 90% of water, 5% - 18% of carbohydrates, 2% of fibres it's one of the most hearty food, rich with vitamines and mineral salts.

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Will you have a coffee?

Please, will you have a ...

Caffè espresso = classical coffee - in small cup

Caffè in vetro = classical normal coffee - in small glass

Caffè ristretto = typical Italian very short "caffè espresso" - in small cup

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Peaches

Peach is the ideal fruit for the summer. It is a cool, refreshing and low calorie fruit, so it is perfect for those who want to keep in line. It is the fruit of the peach tree, Prunus persica, coming from China, where it is considered a symbol of immortality.

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8th May - Mother's Day in Italy

Mother's Day is an ancient celebration whose origins are pagan: they used to celebrate the prosperity and fertility and the transition from winter to summer. In 1914 in the United States it was established the Mother's Day, a national holiday to reflect on war.

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