Posts Tagged “Italy”

Why Is It Called A Piano?

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Piano Keys

FACT OF THE DAY: The piano was invented in Italy in the early 1700’s by Bartolomeo Cristofori. The original name for this new instrument was “piano et forte”, which means ‘soft and loud’. Cristofori then shortened it to piano.

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Rome, Italy – First to 1 Million

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Rome, Italy

FACT OF THE DAY: Currently there are over 300 cities throughout the world that boast a population of 1 million or more. The first city EVER to reach the 1 million mark was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.

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Lucky Red Underwear

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Red Santa boxers and hat

5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!!! Did you know that in Italy, it is tradition to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve? In a ritual that goes back to medieval times, it is believed the wearing red underwear as you welcome in the new year will bring you good luck throughout it.

It is interesting to note that while nowadays the color red is more often associated with love, passion, and happiness, there was a time when it was more associated with the devil, witchcraft, and blood.

 

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