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In this month’s bilingual feature Tom Alberto Bull reports on the way the name of the Mafi a has been used to promote goods and services


Useful Italian words and phrases to add to your vocabulary

Reo di aver fatto qualcosa

Guilty of having done something

Esporre in vetrina

To put on display (in the shop window)

Essere contrario a qualcosa

To be against something


To regret

A sua volta

In turn

Relativamente triviale

Relatively trivial

Portare l’attenzione sul

To draw attention to the


To catch on, become popular

Vestito di nero

Dressed in black

Persino (or ‘perfino’)


Un senso di amaro in bocca

A sour taste in the mouth


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About Italia!

Our first stop this month is Milan, where Christmas is celebrated in style with a wealth of events to get you in the holiday frame of mind. The festive mood continues up in Como and down south in Sorrento. We also take a look at nativity tableaux (presepi) in and around Naples, where this celebratory tradition is alive and well. If you’re also looking for features without a side order of yuletide cheer, you’ll love our action-packed story from the ski slopes of Courmayeur, and our fascinating voyage of discovery around the peaceful byways of Molise.