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CULTURE

  • Many towns have fun annual festivals (a festa, sagra or, in the case of medieval festivals, palio).  Festivals normally occur in summer/fall and often revolve around a theme (handcrafts, saints, or local foods like truffles or olives).

  • Many towns and villages also have weekly markets, which can include (fresh!!) food,                                              clothing, accoutrements and more! 

  • Specialty markets (antiques, furniture, etc.) occur less frequently (every month or so).                                              Keep an ear to the ground!

  • Day-month-year:  In most of Europe, the month appears AFTER the day,                                                                        e.g. 07-11-18 stands for November 7, 2018. 

  • Italians also use military time (24-hour format), e.g. 18h00 is 6pm! (One easy trick to convert: subtract 12!)

  • Italy has a slew of holidays: 01JAN, 06JAN, Easter Sunday & Monday, 25APR, 01MAY, 02JUN, 15AUG, 01NOV, 08DEC, 25DEC & 26DEC. 

  • Towns and cities also celebrate their patron Saint’s Day, e.g. 24JUN in Florence, 29JUN in Rome.

  • Italy uses the metric system, so you’d do well to start converting! A few conversions to learn:

    • 1 centimeter ≈ ½ inch

    • 1 meter ≈ 39 inches

    • 1 kilometer ≈.62 miles

    • 20⁰ Celsius ≈ 70⁰ Fahrenheit

    • 100 Grams ≈ 3 ounces

    • 1 Kilo ≈ 2.2 pounds

    • 1 Liter ≈ Quart.