Pesce d’aprile, or April Fish

There’s no fool like an old fool, and on April 1, in Italy, Pesce d’aprile (April Fish) can make us all fools, in the best way of course!  The favorite way to celebrate this day, which is also known as April Fools Day is to tape a cutout of a fish to your friend’s back and say:

You: “L’hai visto?” (have you seen)

Friend: “Chi?” (who)

You: “Il Pesce d’Aprile!” (“the April Fool!”)

And then everyone enjoys a good laugh!

Now, we all know there is an infinite number of other dirty deeds or tricks that can be played; however, we don’t want to plant any seeds of tomfoolery (hehehe)!  But…..if you’re interested, we did just happen to accidentally find some opportunities on YouTube.

Of course, there have been tales of epic proportions where newspapers or radio stations announce something big and then tell the assembled crowd, “April Fools”!

Any place in Italy is a fun place to be on April 1.  If you’re headed for Venice via Marco Polo airport, check out our transportation option!  Or, if Rome is your destination, make the trip more enjoyable by booking the transfer with our passenger cars and minivans, that will take you in comfort to and from Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports!

The origins of April Fools’ Day across the world are highly mixed, but we found two possibilities:

●      It dates to when the Georgian calendar was adopted and many who didn’t agree with the change; stuck to the old Julian calendar and were considered fools.

●      A different theory is that those who planted crops before May 1, the traditional first day of Summer, were April fools.

Meanwhile, if you decide to be a prankster in Venice, make the most of your time there by visiting any of the following fabulous locations:

●      Doge’s Palace, the most popular museum.

●      The Venice Lagoon Islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, just breathtaking views.

●      The Venice Clock Tower, an engineering marvel.

●      St Marks Basilica, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice.


You know what they say- “When in Rome…”

●      The Coliseum is a must!

●      The Vatican Museums is another incredible way to enjoy the day.

●      The most beautiful residence in Rome, the Villa Borghese was built in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V.

●      Visit Castel Sant’Angelo, archaeological site, and museum, with a past as fortress, prison, and papal residence.

If wine and cheese brings a smile to your face, we’ve got the perfect answer!

Take a fun Roman cooking lesson too!  Pasta isn’t pasta, until you cook and taste it in an authentic Italian kitchen!

If you want a few souvenirs or gifts to take home, order them online and avoid having to add weight and breakables to your luggage!  We offer great books, videos, handmade items, crystal and so much more!

Remember, the spirit of the day is fun, no one is out to harm, cheat or swindle anyone.  Our recommendation?  Anything you hear or see on April 1, should be taken with a grain of salt!  This year, April 1 is also Easter, so please be respectful of everyone’s other obligations and commitments on that day.  Have fun

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