Italy’s Florence is a place where it is a must that one walk with the head thrown back. And it isn’t just about architecture – for the sake of cosmic violet sunset it is worth to see skies of Tuscany at least once in a lifetime. But that’s not all. Annually on September 6-7 fabulous Paper Lantern Festival or Festa della Rificolona takes place there.
The tradition to set all kinds of lit paper lanterns flying over the city on the eve of the Nativity of Theotokos originated as far back as in 17th century. However it isn’t unimpeachably clear where the roots of the performance lie. Two versions exist, both claiming to have ‘official’ status.
According to the first one, countrymen from adjacent Italian villages used to come to Florence to honor and humor the Mother of God. Combining pleasant and useful, they used to arrange a large market nearby Santissima Annunziata church where the solemn service was customary held. Urban community, especially women, used to point out with irony countrymen’s strive to put on their best outfits that were oftentimes out of fashion, so among themselves they used to call out-of-town visitors in no other way but ‘Rificolona’ – ‘mummers’ and ‘gaudies’. Because folk festival used to end with processions and round dances that had paper lantern with lighted candles in the lead, the festive weekend as a whole couldn’t have been called differently.
Another version suggests that although Italians favor Virgin Mary, they started gathering and ‘light things up’ in Tuscany’s main city because of the triumphant conquest of the neighboring Sienna by Florentine soldiers in 1555. It were lanterns affixed to weapons that military men used to light their way when they were coming back to their native city.
Over four centuries the celebration hasn’t transformed much: paper lanterns, market with delights from villages, eternal competition of urban community versus countrymen – all these things still happen to be there. Only guests from other countries started coming, too.
With hundreds of years going by, the event became famous far beyond Italy. Therefore – if you don’t know yet where and what to experience on an autumn weekend – recall Florence, because it is shining for real. To see the exact way it does, check our gallery.
Outlook often tells about the kitchens of the peoples around the world, but when it comes to Italy, writing about the country should be a crime. Each of its twenty regions has its own culinary world with the subtleties and specialties. Let the title of gastronomic capital of Italy be Bologna, its official capital - Rome, too, has something to boast about. We are telling you what is remarkable about Roman cuisine and what dishes are worth trying in the Eternal City.
Ancient Rome, full of beauty and attractions, welcomes more than 30 million tourists annually. To see with your own eyes the Coliseum, to put your hand in the Mouth of Truth and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain is the dream of any traveler. But few people know that just 30 kilometers from the capital there is not less attractive and not yet occupied by tourists Ostia...
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
When planning a trip to Ligurian coast, even do not hope that within several days you will manage to explore the length and breadth of it. So you would only irritate your craving for travelling. Each ingredient of Liguria coast can only be savoured forgetting about the existence of the rest of the world. The port city of Genoa (Italian: Genova) is the chief city of the Liguria region.
The old village, which was once located in the territory of modern Alberobello has been destroyed and re-built at least a hundred times. And it's not about conquests and raids of warlike aliens. No, it was deliberately destroyed by its inhabitants. Do you know the reason?
We are infinitely grateful to all of you - our guests - for sharing this holiday with us! We express special gratitude to all embassies-participants, diasporas, artists, craftsmen, volunteers. Without you, this holiday would not be so bright and memorable. Today we offer you a colorful video that will take you back to the atmosphere of our unforgettable holiday.
Looking through thousands of photos capturing the bright emotions of our guests, again and again we recall that day, filled with vivid colours, pleasant meetings and merry laughter. Today, together with you, we would like once again recall the OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL 2017.
Perhaps, nothing could make the event organizer happier than thousands of radiant smiles of the festival visitors. As you know, out events always cause big interest, but we could not expect for such a number of people who wanted to celebrate the festival with us. It inspires and encourages to expand the scale and square every time.
Today Outlook travels along the cities and countries that are considered as the most interesting from the point of view of geography and administrative management. Moreover, they are enclaves as they are located within the territories of other states.
Two “armies” on the warpath are dressed in traditional uniforms – white shirts – look at each other menacingly, their weapons standby… The fight begins and the whiteness of outfits gets mixed with maroon – thanks God, it isn’t blood but nice Spanish wine! Today in one of Spanish provinces annual Battle of Wine is held.
Restaurateur Olga Korkunda shares with readers OUTLOOK Interesting facts about one of the Italian city, the area on the shores of Lake Garda. What to try, where to visit and how to have fun - in our new material!
During the days of the famous Carnival, romantic Venice gets rebirth. Its streets are shining with premonition of holiday, and all the eyes show a whole range of joyful emotions: from euphoria to the familiar thought "Is this happening to me?" Noteworthy, that according to estimates of very punctual travellers, more than half a million tourists come to event.
Try to guess name of this city and its location: the Croats and the Slovenes are scurrying here and there, they drink beer no worse than regular customers of the best Austrian breweries and combine it with snack of pasta and local seafood. You are unlikely to grasp immediately what it is all about, but we unveil it for you as our today story is about the Italian city of Trieste.
Ice and snow has long been used by artists to create different figures and objects, and only 1960, this age-old skill became a new trend of a land art! The largest number of winter artworks is created during special festivals about which we will tell our readers.
Incredible in its texture, orange-red medieval architecture, majestic gallery-streets instead of usual pavements that allow having pedestrian walks in any weather and also a title of culinary capital of Italy – aren’t these reasons alone enough to have a trip to Bologna? Outlook believes that they are so we tell how and on what to spend your hypothetical 10 dollars in this cozy city.
It isn’t hard at all to make world around better and brighter. All you need is to have a sincere desire and to find like-minded people for help. OUTLOOK was created three years ago as a project both about and for the world and OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL, founded by our team, became a graphic example of how ideas of good are put into practice.
It isn’t hard at all to make world around better and brighter. All you need is to have a sincere desire and to find like-minded people for help. OUTLOOK was created three years ago as a project both about and for the world and OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL, founded by our team, became a graphic example of how ideas of good are put into practice. We publish next part of a photo report from OWCF 2016 to bring up in memory pictures from the most multicultural festival of our country.
Thank to OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL for nearly entire day of June 18 Column Hall of Kyiv City State Administration transformed into an international platform or maybe even some sort of large-scale transportation hub where one could easily exchange tickets with representatives of other countries and travel to explore their homelands instantly.
Human history remembers Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki. The list goes on and it includes Pompeii where residents turned into stoned monuments against their will. Located near modern Naples, the city with views of Mount Vesuvius was one of the most developed cities not only in the Roman Empire, but also in Europe. Once thriving community it flourished in many spheres: painting...
On the 18-th of June, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Hall of Columns of Kyiv City State Administration (Khreshchatyk Street, 36) the third annual festival of international cultures OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL will take place.