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Reasons To Learn Italian

Cooking Italian: Thou shalt not put pineapple on your pizza!

Cooking Italian: Thou shalt not put pineapple on your pizza!

Why do you study Italian? “because I love Italy!”, “I like art”, “I like Italian movies”, “my girlfriend is Italian, and I’d like to know what she’s muttering on Monday mornings”. But what about studying Italian to understand 20 pages-long menus handed out in Italian restaurants ? Non turistic restaurants seldom have menus translated in English, and you’ll have to…

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Frisa on my mind

Frisa on my mind

La Frisa: una ricetta ideale per un’estate in Puglia Se gli americani la mangiassero, la definirebbero un ‘doughnut’ croccante!  In realtà è un prodotto molto più antico di quello statunitense. Infatti, si dice che sia stato inventato nel periodo dei Crociati, i quali viaggiando per lunghi giorni sulle navi avevano bisogno di cibo che si conservasse bene. Inoltre, molto interessante…

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Where to go in Rome

Where to go in Rome

« everything lies underneath the idle talk, the noise, the silence and the feelings, the emotion and the fear … Rare and fickle sparks of beauty. And then the dreariness and the miserable »  After several months « The Great Beauty » is still debated among movie lovers : is the movie about Rome, about its inhabitants, about Italy’s decadent middle-upper class, or just a…

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Rome through its cinema

Rome through its cinema

With “The Great Beauty”, prized as best foreign movie at the Academy Awards, it seems that the city of  Rome has taken back a central role in the international movie industry.With the once-glorious Cinecittà Studios decayed beyond repair, Rome can at least exist in the Cinema as an elegant movie set. In recent years, many  international productions were set in…

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La grande bellezza in Puglia

La grande bellezza in Puglia

Quando lo scrittore Roberto Saviano ha pubblicato la sua inimitabile lista delle 10 cose più importanti per cui valga la pena vivere in Italia, ho cominciato a stilare anche io una mia piccola lista. Ho cominciato a immaginare anche una lista dei dieci motivi per cui valga la pena visitare la Puglia e apprezzare la sua ‘Grande Bellezza’… Atterrare sul…

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Sorrento and its patron Saint

Sorrento and its patron Saint

While lovers all over the world raise a glass to Saint Valentine today, residents and visitors in Sorrento will be celebrating the festival of Sant’Antonino, the city’s patron Saint. Sant’Antonino Abate died on 14 February, 626 AD. He is credited with saving the life of a child swallowed by a whale and protecting Sorrento against plague and invasion. Each year…

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