Color, Size and Satire

Color, Size and Satire Preparing the floats for the Carnevale of Viareggio Based on ancient ship-building techniques and constructed with the highest degree of craftsmanship, the floats of Viareggio’s Carnevale are a pride for builders whose passion is such that it can take them up to a year to prepare one single float. But time …

Unmasking Carnevale

Unmasking Carnevale The history of a mischievous tradition Children wear masks and carry streamers, streets are lined with confetti and fried sweets are sold everywhere. In Italy, all this means that the time for Carnevale has arrived. The world Carnevale derives from carnem and levare, which in Latin mean the ‘removal of meat’, a strange-sounding …

‘One Voice’ Whispering

‘One Voice’ Whispering Brian May and Kerry Ellis live in Florence this month Following massive acclaim for their last summer’s performance at the Arena of Verona, Brian May and Kerry Ellis are returning for “One Voice – The Tour” including 6 shows in Italy of which one in Florence on February 24. Well-known as the …

The Birth of the Fashion Show

The innovative idea of a fashion show, an idea that has long since gone global, was first conceptualized by Giovan Battista Giorgini and held on none other than the very street where there now stands today, decades later, Danilo Ceri’s vintage clothing store, in Florence. The original store is located in the Oltrarno neighborhood of …

Evaluating Pizza in Three Steps

Evaluating Pizza in Three Steps: Glance, Touch and Taste Pizzaiolo of No. 1 Trip-Advisor pizzeria teaches “how to distinguish sacred from profane”   Written by: Thomas Ricciotti           What are the secrets to recognize good pizza in a world where you can find one almost on every corner of each street? …

Student Perspective: La Famiglia

Photo by Camilo Alexei M Giannella Reflections on the Italian Family by Richard J. Widden When living in Italy one cannot help but notice the social and cultural differences between this country and America. The Italian lifestyle, as evidenced by habits like the pausa di pranzo (or long, midday break) seems much more relaxed and stress-free …

Pico della Mirandola

Count Giovanni Pico della Mirandola lent his name to a Florentine saying: “You have the mind of Pico della Mirandola”. This means “you are very bright”. We would probably say someone was as clever as Einstein. Pico was born, in body, on the February 24, 1463 in Mirandola, Province of Modena, the youngest of the …

Origins of the Vespa

Photo by rromer Vespa scooters are an integral part of Italian society and have been a strong cultural icon since they exploded onto the market almost 60 years ago. The Piaggio Company in Pontedera, near Pisa, manufactured the first Vespa scooter in 1946 to address the need for a low cost transportation solution in post-war Italy, …