CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH LENTILS, POMEGRANATE AND RED UNDERWEAR

To welcome the New Year, Italians all have their own regional traditions. However, here are three customs that are mostly shared across the peninsula and the islands:

Lentils are known since ancient times for their great nutritional value and are associated with coins because of their shape. For Italians eating lentils on the last day of the year means having a year of abundance, money and economic rewards. Traditionally lentils are served with cotechino (pork sausage) or zampone (stuffed pork knuckle). The fatty and nutritious pork meat equally stands for abundance and prosperity.

Another custom is to eat pomegranate the last night of the year as a symbol of fidelity and fertility. Eating this delicious fruit together with your partner, boyfriend or husband is a sign of devotion and prosperity.

Following the color of pomegranate seeds, it is believed that wearing red underwear on December 31 will bring love and luck in the New Year. Yet the custom is that it has to be thrown away the next day.

What is the New Year tradition in your country?

Photo and recipe for cotechino and lentils: http://www.dissapore.com/grande-notizia/ricetta-cotechino-e-lenticchie/

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GET A HOMEMADE PANETTONE FOR CHRISTMAS!

With an impressive history going back to 1967, the Forneria di Pula prepares a wide choice of panettoni with ingredients of the highest quality. They don’t use dyes nor preservatives and let the sweet bread cool down slowly in order to preserve the aromas and keep the balance of flavors to high levels.

If you are in the region, please visit this wonderful bakery in Pula! Not only you will get the freshest and most natural Christmas product you can get, but you will also help support the local artisans.

Address: Strada Statale 195 Km 28,500, 09010 Pula (CA), Italy
Website: http://www.laforneria.it/

Photo credit: http://www.laforneria.it/
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AN INVIGORATING STROLL BY THE BEACH … and more

In the last few days snow has arrived in European…. Just on time for the advent as beautiful winter landscapes are taking shape and the first snowmen are being built. But what if the return of the cold makes you dream of pristine beaches and sunny days instead?

The desire of a sunny break could lead you straight to South Sardinia where nature awakes early March already. Carpets of flowers cover the plains, flamingos and other birds meet for their yearly reunion and the beaches are all yours to enjoy.

A delight for all sun seekers and nature lovers! For a private and comfortable accommodation check out our stylish Villetta Chillout near Chia and the beach. No matter the season, life in Sardinia is so much better!

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN ITALY – HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY?

In Italy the Christmas celebration officially starts on December 8 and lasts until January 6. One of the most important Christmas tradition is the Nativity crib scene. On December 8 most Italian families put out a crib in their homes, which is usually handed down from generation to generation. The figure of the baby Jesus is put into the crib only in the evening of December 24.

In the week before Christmas children go from house to house dressed as shepherds, playing pipes, singing and reciting Christmas poems. They are given money to buy presents.

On Christmas Eve catholic families eat a meatless dinner, usually consisting of fish or seafood. In southern Italy the traditional Christmas Eve dish is Capitone, a big female eel, roasted, baked or fried. Dinner is traditionally followed by a living nativity scene and the midnight mass. When people return from Mass, they might have a slice of Italian Christmas cake called Panettone, which is like a dry fruity sponge cake!

The most significant meal of the festivities is the Christmas Day lunch, which can last for hours. For this occasion a large beautiful table is prepared to accommodate all the guests. The meal usually starts with a classic antipasto serving cuts of cured meat, garnished with olives and cheese. Then follows the pasta dish, traditionally pasta al forno (a kind of lasagne) or cannelloni, of which no Italian will refuse a second serving. Roasted veal, braised beef or roasted chicken with potatoes will be often served as a second dish. Finally, home-made cookies, the mandatory Panettone or Pandoro will be served at the end of this lively family event.

Children write letters to Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) asking for presents. But on Christmas day Babbo Natale might bring them only small gifts, as in Italy the main day for present giving is on Epiphany (January 6). In Epiphany night, La Befana, a kind old witch, will fill children’s stockings with sweets if they have been good or with coal if they have misbehaved.

In Italian Merry Christmas is BUON NATALE! How do you say in your country?

Here’s a recipe for panettone: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/863653/mini-panettone

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THE SANTAS ARE BACK!

Ten thousand steps of generosity for three Pink Points in Cagliari. This is the subtitle of the event that will take place this year in the beautiful beach front Poetto. The Santa Claus run is a solidarity race that aims to raise funds for the creation of three Pink Points for lactation of children in three city structures of the Health Protection Sardinia.

The sporting event is a non-competitive race, open to all without age limits. The participants will run along a path of about ten thousand steps, starting from the first stop at the Poetto. The turning point of the race is located at the Hippodrome, while the arrival will be located at the Lido of Cagliari beach club.

Photo: http://www.kalariseventi.com

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CALASETTA – THE BEACH AND THE SALT MARCHES

Watch this spectacular video of the salt marshes and La Salina beach of Calasetta, on the island of Sant’Antioco! And there is much more to see there …

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CHRISTMAS MARKET IN CAGLIARI

Besides the Christmas Fair which takes place every year near the harbor in Cagliari, this year the Christmas Market will take place from December 1st to January 6th, 09:30 – 22:00 h.

More than 40 booths will present their products in Piazza Yenne and in the pedestrian zone of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Folk groups will daily cross the city playing traditional Chrsitmas tunes with the Launeddas (Sardinian flutes) .

This is the perfect place if you are looking for Christmas trees, cribs, ornaments, accessories and handcrafts. You will also find the traditional fresh and dried flowers’ bouquets, poinsettias and seasonal greeting cards. Of course, Sardinian food and produces, from nougat to sebadas, cannot be missed here either. The sure place to find an original Christmas gift or souvenir to take home!

From 14 to 16 December visit the Santa Claus Village (Villaggio di Babbo Natale) which will be setup in the magical atmosphere of the Corte in Giorgino (Villa Ballero), Cagliari. For three days children and adults can live the magic of the most awaited festival of the year with the company of a full-time Santa Claus. Together with the Elves-Scouts, he will welcome everybody to take a picture with him. There will be many children activities such as many booths stands, songs, gospel choirs, music, merry-go-rounds, inflatables and many more.

Photo: http://sardegnainblog.it
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VISIT SARDINIA IN THE SPRING

In the island Spring starts in March and ends middle of May, when early summer begins. The fragrant herbs and aromatic Mediterranean plants are in full bloom and dress entire regions into a sea of colors.

Spring is the ideal time if you feel comfortable with mild temperatures, love the simple life on the beach with a well-filled picnic basket. And if it rains … well, make yourself comfortable under the covered terrace of your holiday home and enjoy an excellent bottle of local red wine!

Our Villetta Chillout is close to the marvelous beaches of Chia and many more natural attractions. If this sounds good to you, visit our website or contact me!

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Things to know about the Posidonia

In late autumn you may notice on the shore of the most beautiful Sardinian beaches an accumulation of brown leaves, which is caused by the Posidonia.

In fact the Posidonia is not a seaweed but a plant that forms large underwater meadows that are an important part of the ecosystem. It consists of roots, stem and leaves, which fall in autumn and are washed up to the nearby shoreline creating bulks or little brown balls.

These dead leaves can often bring discomfort because of the bad smell they emanate. However, they are essential because they protect the beach from the impact of the waves, thereby limiting its erosion. The Posidonia protects the beauty of our beaches, so protect it too!

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SAFFRON – THE SPICE BEYOND PRICE

The story goes that the saffron plant, originated in Greece, is the fruit of Crocus’ love for the nymph Smilax. As the gods were opposed to this love affair they transformed Crocus into a saffron plant and Smilax into a bindweed … Hermes, lovers’ adviser, used the plant as an aphrodisiac spice

The plant has arrived in Italy thanks to the Dominican priest Santucci. Today Sardinia and more precisely the villages of Villanovafranca, Turri and San Gavino produce yearly about 300 kg of high quality saffron with PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) recognition.

Why not not join the yearly Saffron Festival in San Gavino Monreale which take place at mid November? A very good way indeed for learning about and tasting this mystic spice!

For more information, check http://www.sangavinomonreale.net/2015/11/07/il-programma-della-sagra-dello-zafferano/.

Photo: San Gavino Montreale

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