Uncovering Italy’s Superlatives in people, places and things

Anno Bisestile: The ‘Leap Year’ explained

Is it really gloom and doom this year?

Gregorian Calendar

Anno Bisestile: Tracing historical origins

The first page of the papal bull "Inter Gravissimas" by which Pope Gregory XIII introduced his calendar.
Portrait of Pope Gregory XIII by Lavinia Fontana
Feralia, ancient Rome tradidion
Feralia represented the conclusion of the holidays dedicated to the dead. Credit to roma.com

Silly superstitions or something more?

Italian superstitions, Supplemento al dizionario Italiano
Gesture of adjuration. The hand is facing downwards, as if to cast the curse on the ground.
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