#100ItalyFacts on Instagram, days 63-69

Hey guys,

I hope you enjoyed these last festivities! I surely did with tons of food and with the company of friends and family ๐Ÿ˜‰ I even visited my friends in South Tyrol and we played the tourists for few days, so it was all really great!

During these last days, I have written about Epiphany, the last festive day of the “Christmas period”, and about Carnival, the period of the year in which all the social rules are supposed to be reversed!

I hope you enjoy, see you this week with the first entry about Vicenza ๐Ÿ˜˜

#100ItalyFacts [day64]: there is some controversy about this topic, but according to several people, Fascist architecture was the last architectural "movement" in #Italy. ๐Ÿข๐Ÿซ During the Fascist era, the style was quite austere with elements that reminded the classical era, like the eagle and the Roman fasces (see the picture on the left) and few decorative elements like low relief and statues (on the right an allegory of the "vapour" outside the train station of Bolzano). You can see Fascist architecture mainly in post offices, stations and courthouses. #italian #whatitalyis #travel #traveltrip #travelgram #instatravel #blog #blogging #blogger #travelblog #architecture #italianarchitecture #travelblogger #italians #italianblogger #exploreitaly #explore #exploremore

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#100ItalyFacts [day66]: #sampietrini (literally "small St.Peters"?) form a kind of pavement that you find in historical city centers in #Italy. They are called like this because in the 16th century Pope Pius V wanted them to be used in St.Peter's square in the Vatican city. In the following centuries they were used to pave all the main streets of #Rome. ๐Ÿ›ฃ๐Ÿšธ Even though they are strong and they adapt easily to the irregularities of the ground, nowadays they are considered dangerous and slippery, and so they are only used in pedestrianised areas. They are hell for women who wear stilettos, though ๐Ÿ˜‚ #road #roads #streets #italian #italiancitycentres #cityscape #blog #blogging #blogger #travelblog #travelblogger #whatitalyis #italians #italianblogger #walking #walkingtour #tourism #wandering #touristy #exploreitaly #explore #exploremore

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#100ItalyFacts [day67]: in #Italy on Jan.6th we celebrate the #epiphany. We add the statuettes of the three kings in our presepe and kids go check the socks they put in front of the fireplace the night of the Epiphany Eve. The night between the 5th and the 6th, an old woman called #befana is supposed to fill kids'socks with: โœ” #candies if they are well-behaved;๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ โœ” #coal if they behaved badly.๐Ÿ˜ˆ The figure of the befana is a little bit controversial: kids obviously love her as she brings candies, grown-ups sort of despise her as she is the one who takes all the festivities away (epiphany is the last festive day after Christmas). For this reason in several Italian piazzas, a puppet representing the befana is burned at a stake ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ #fireplace #socks #epiphanyday #italiantradition #italianculture #italiancustoms #italians #whatitalyis #home #cultural #customs #italianblogger #blog #blogger #travelblog #travelblogger #learn #learnmore #discover #travel #travelgram #instatravel #blackandwhite

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#100ItalyFacts [day68]: with #epiphanyday it officially starts the period of #Carnevale which lasts until the so-called #FatTuesday, the day that precede the penitential season of Lent for Christians ๐ŸŽ‰ Carnevale typically requires people to wear masks and costumes, as to hide their true identity and pretend to be someone else. The most common masks are those belonging to #commediadellarte, like #Arlecchino (Harlequin), the servant with the chequered and colourful costume ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽญ๐Ÿƒ #carnival #italy #italiantraditions #italiancustoms #customs #colourpop #colours #colourful #italians #blog #blogger #italianblogger #travelblog #travelblogger #travel #travelgram #whatitalyis #instatravel #explore #discover #travelandlife #party #masquerade

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#100ItalyFacts [day69]: one of the most famous festivals related to #Carnival is the so-called "Battle of Oranges" that takes place in #Ivrea, #Piedmont. ๐ŸŠ It is the largest #foodfight in #Italy and it sort of represents a medieval battle with the #oranges that replace old weapons. ๐Ÿ—ก The battle consists of people on foot throwing oranges against people riding in carts. As you can imagine this battle is often contested for its violence ๐Ÿ˜ถ #carnevale #orange #fruit #whatitalyis #euapiedi #italians #italiancustoms #italiantradition #festival #italianfestival #blog #blogging #blogger #travelblogger #italianblogger #travelblog #travelfood #travel #travelgram #instatravel #tourism

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4 thoughts on “#100ItalyFacts on Instagram, days 63-69

  1. I always think those statues in Fascist architecture look like something that should be decorating a gay sauna. They’re so butch and sexual. I think Stazione Centrale in Milan has some similar giant men doing things with machines. Why are all those shoes up that tree? Is it something to do with drug dealing?? (probably not: in Dublin, trainers hanging from electric cables are supposed to show where you can buy drugs, or something….). I had no idea there was a battle with oranges in Piedmont! Like that tomato thing in Spain? I love oranges, I would be tempted to just eat them. I hate food fights: I think it’s because I am a repressed Brit…

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    1. Haha xD You’re right! I can’t remember now the statues in Stazione Centrale in Milan, but yeah, they are probably allegories of vapour and electricity…Fascism used to put them outside train stations.

      Originally “shoefiti” (shoe tossing) was used to indicate the drug dealing sites, but nowadays it is a common practice among skaters in order to “mark their territory”. The one I photographed is near what is supposed to be the best skatepark in Italy.

      Yeah, more or less..but I guess oranges hurt more than tomatoes :/ As an Italian I hate food fights for the food waste, haha.

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