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Her name is Befana, she is a witch, rides on her broom and she is ugly. But the Befana usually smiles and brings presents to the kids if they have been nice. Naughty kids only get a lump of coal. This strange Italian tradition takes place on January 6th. The Befana is a mixture between Helloween, Christmas and the Magi. January 6th is the day when according to Christian tradition the Magi – the three kings – brought their presents to Jesus. The origin of the Befana is definitely not Christian, maybe Roman. An old tradition to greet the new year.

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  No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy. This is because the Italian peninsula stands on a fault line. Three major volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvius) have erupted in the last hundred years.

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“Boh, I have no idea”. We live in confusing times, when in doubt, just say #boh.

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"What are you looking for with all that #ravanare?” 

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