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January 09, 2008


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Buon Anno to you, Simona.

I've always been fascinated by the way in which Italian children's stories and fairytales feature benevolent witches! Thank you for the introduction.

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Ciao Simona, buon anno!
"la befana vien di notte..." e' stata una delle prime filastrocche che ho insegnato al mio bambino :-)


Bentornata sul blog e buon anno anche a te! Ho degli splendidi ricordi di Piazza Navona quando ci andavo da bambina il giorno della Befana!!
Buon inizio d'anno! Alex


Buon Anno anche a te Simona!
Belli i racconti legati alla Befana...
Quanti ricordi teneri tornano alla mente...

ti abbraccio ^.^


The old crone and the lump of coal...seems many a Christian culture has them both.

How lovely that you spent part of your holidays in the Caymans. It must have been gorgeous. Happy New Year!


Happy New Year, Simona!
It is kind of you to mention my post on the old girl. I love her!
How adventurous you are going scuba diving. My husband is a dive master and is trying to get me interested, but I like my feet on the ground :)


Ciao cara Simona, ti faccio intanto i miei auguri per questo nuovo anno appena cominciato e spero di sentirci presto. Baci.


So good to have you back! Happy new year to you, too. I loved your story; I'd never heard about this holiday until reading your (and Maryann's) posts. Wonderful.

So strange, this "official" taking away and reinstating of the holiday!

All the best for 2008.


Simona, Maryann and you did a great job explaining la befana,thanks.


Hi Lucy, I also find the Befana an interesting character, as a benevolent witch.

Ciao Manuela. E come continua la tua versione?

Immagino, Alex. ci sei stata quest'anno?

Ciao Donatella. Per me la Befana e' sempre stata piu' interessante di Babbo Natale.

Hi Susan: it was very nice and very peaceful.

Wow Maryann, you should let yourself be convinced. Learning is a drag, but, as any diver will tell you, once you try you are hooked.

Ciao Francesca. Grazie degli auguri e a presto.

Hi Lisa. After two weeks of traveling, it feels good to be at home for a while. The Italian holiday calendar has none of the rational 'holidays on Monday' concept of the US one. Maybe one day I will write a post about it.

Thanks Marie: I am glad you enjoyed our stories.

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la versione che conosco io e' cosi':
"la befana vien di notte con le scarpe tutte rotte
col vestito alla romana
viva viva la befana!"



Thanks for sharing this with us! I'm glad you're back posting. ;-)



Ciao Simona, sul mio blog c'è un premio per te :)


Hi! my first time here...got here trough Susan's blog:) Happy New Year to you too!

I'm hosting a Game Night Party event on my blog and would like to invite you to send in a delicious entry if you can! (details on my blog) Hope to see you there!


Welcome home Simona, and happy new year. I love this story!


Un saluto dall'Italia a tutti!


Simona Carini

Ciao Manuela. Davvero io non mi ricordo se sapevo qualche finale, ma ho trovato che su wikipedia ce be sono un po': http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Befana#Filastrocca

Thanks, Paz.

Ciao Baol: grazie dell'onore. Le tue parole mi sono piaciute molto.

Hi Mansi and thanks for the invitation: I'll take a look at your site.

Thanks, Christine.

Ciao Franz.

Bruno Lorenzutta

While at work I suddenly thought of La Befana.. I must have been 6 or 7 years old in Bologna... prior to emigrating to Australia... memories which I would love to experience again... with my aussie kids and grandkids. maybe ... one day.....

Bruno Lorenzutta

Sitting at my desk in Sydney Aust.. I suddenly thought of La Befana... I must have been 6 or 7 in Bologna .. where I experienced the joy and fun of La Befana..prior to emigrating to Australia. that was many years ago.. perhaps i can do it again with my kids and grandkids.. one day...

Simona Carini

Hi Bruno, thanks for visiting my blog. I think it is a great idea to recreate the Befana tradition with your kids and grandkids. As your childhood experience has remained with you, so it will be with them and the tradition will continue.

Bruno Lorenzutta

Ciao Simona

Now that I finally have a connection with Italians, would you or anyone else, guide me to a recipe on gnocchi dolci. My Mum used to make them years ago. I have an incredible urge for them.
Cheers ..Bruno


I have found a couple of recipes. It will be fun to try them, as I have never had gnocchi dolci.

La Befana

Hi, I like your article. i have a website about the Befana if you could link to my site i will do the same for you. My Site is www.mybefana.it

Let me know if you are interested


Simona Carini

Ciao Gianni and thanks for the link. You can see that I added a reference to my post.

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