By Allison Boyd, MA 2013-14
Every September 7th, on the eve of the Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, Florence celebrates the Festa della Rificolona, or the lantern festival. Since Mary is the Patron Saint of the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore (better known as the Duomo), this is one of the most important feast days in Florence, and the lantern festival is the kick-off event.
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Picture it – you’re a Marist Italy student, out for a jog with a friend. The two of you get to talking, and suddenly you both realize you’re hungry. Your friend mentions words that you don’t normally hear in Florence: hamburgers and food truck. You are confused. But starving. Trusting your friend’s opinions on food, you let her lead you to the La Toraia food … Continue reading La Toraia