Italian Christmas Traditions

Most countries and cultures have their own Christmas traditions and the Italians are no different. At this festive time of the year, most people in Italy get involved in the celebrations in one way or another. The history and culture of the Italians have led to them following many interesting and unique traditions during the holiday season. Many of these are now followed in other locations across the globe as Italians have emigrated and passed on their way of life in New communities. Here are some of the best Italian Christmas traditions.

Anise Cookies Recipe

Information: Yield: 3 dozen cookies ​ Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cups sugar 1 teaspoon anise extract 1 teaspoon lemon extract  3 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder (Yes, really. These guys will puff up. And they are supposed to be airy, almost like a biscuit, but not quite.) 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 eggs … Continue reading Anise Cookies Recipe

Italian Anisette “S” Cookies

Italian Anisette "S" Cookies When most Italians see Anisette cookies they think of their Nonnas in the kitchen baking these delicious cookies during the holidays. It is virtually impossible to have an Italian Christmas without these delicious Italian Anisette cookies ! The sweet anise extract in them gives them the taste of  black licorice, which is common is various Italian Christmas cookies. They are known for their soft and airy texture. Their icing and sprinkles add to the Christmas spirit!

Best Places for Golf in Italy

​Golf is not a sport for which Italy is typically associated. However, there are some fantastic golf courses across the country. In fact, Italy is one of the best places in the world for golf lovers. Each of the courses offers a different experience for golfing enthusiasts and a range of additional features, such as restaurants or accommodation at the course. Here are some of the best places to stay in Italy if you want golf to feature highly in your vacation itinerary.

The Aeolian Islands

​While mainland Italy is a diverse landscape with many beautiful places to visit, there are also many stunning islands along the coast of Italy. One group is the Aeolian Islands and this consists of seven separate islands; Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, and Vulcano. In addition to the main islands, there is also Basiluzzo which is a large rock rather than an island. The islands are located in the Tyrrhenian Sea approximately 60 kilometers west of Calabria and 25 kilometers north of Sicily. These islands are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.