Machiavelli e Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence (Random House, 2009) is perhaps the most beautifully crafted book in terms of the language and the intricate storytelling that takes place among its main c...
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A Palladian Connection – Venice to Charleston, SC

A Palladian Connection – Venice to Charleston, SC
  When I first spoke to Cooking with Nonna about writing for their blog I was excited because I knew that it would lead to me looking at my Carolina surroundings with a different eye.  I have been con...
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La Rificolona or Lantern Festival in Florence

La Rificolona or Lantern Festival in Florence
It is one of Florence's more popular tradition: it is called la Rificolona: Lantern Festival and takes place on September 7.   Coloured paper lanterns are on display in the city center, held by childr...
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Il Palio dei Capatosta in Mola di Bari

Il Palio dei Capatosta in Mola di Bari
By Francesco Di Paolo; Translation by Mauro Miccolis After an exciting performance, the “Contrada della Terra” has been awarded with the prestigious title of “Golden Champion 2012” at the Palio dei Ca...
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Speak to Me

Speak to Me
  I would say that her name is Mary.  Wouldn’t you?  I wish she could speak to me.  In a way she does.  Her upturned eyes and expression speaks volumes.  But there is so much more I want to know.  Det...
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Infiorata - Flower Carpets for Corpus Domini Processions

Infiorata - Flower Carpets for Corpus Domini Processions
One of the most colorful festivals held throughout Italy is the infiorata , the creation of flower petal carpets or tapestries. Usually the infiorata is held for Corpus Domini, also called Corpus Chri...
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