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Not exactly Divine, but certainly comic

‘Do you think confessionals and stages are incompatible? They may be in other countries, but not in Italy’   Forget about all your idealizations when you read this book. Full ...

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The remarkable story of a woman and her vegetables

I remember once being rather disappointed by the gallery of ‘modern’ art in Pitti Palace. After wandering around its corridors for an hour or two and finding mostly charming, if second-rate, 19th-century pastorals, I asked one of the attendants where all the modern art was. ‘

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Turpitude, blood and a den of thieves

If you stand in Piazza della Signoria, somewhere just in front of the Neptune fountain, and look down at your feet you ought to see a piece of round stone dedicated to the memory of Girolamo Savonarola. It is a kind of monument, which is odd, given that the Florentines

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Impressed in memory

‘All I could think about were those who lived below street level.’ This was the first thought that struck Sherry Peregrin, a student and one of many Americans who lived ...

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Florentine Crime, Florentine retribution

‘I said, I killed him,’ she said, and her voice was light and cool as though it was trying to float free from her body, where the bones pressed painfully ...

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SamSara

Alost-in-life tractor salesman plopped smack dab in the center of Florence. He’s the only man in a group of 18 women psychologists attending a seminar concerning the feminine aspect of the psyche. In other words, primitive man meets goddess.Samsara begins with a brief introduction by

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What was Florence like in 1764?

Mary Jane Cryan lives in a small town nestled between Rome and Tuscany that has been under the protection of the English crown since the time of Henry VIII. Travels to Tuscany and Northern Lazio, the latest addition to her decades of ferreting out hidden history, gives readers a glimpse

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Travels with Intent

Nothing can be more depressing than to encounter a husband who boasts of having seen everything in Rome in three days, while the wife laments that, in recollection she cannot distinguish the Vatican from the Capitol, St Peter’s from St Paul’s.Augustus Hare: Walks in Rome (

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‘Tourists say the darnedest things’

Who would be a tour guide? If you have ever spent a summer in Florence, wincing at compatriots who argue in restaurants and make fatuous remarks in museums, you will have asked yourself this very question. In Too Much Tuscan Sun, Dario Castagno tells of encounters with tourists so strange,

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Dirty work in the Bel Paese

While recovering from World Cup fever, Italian football will remain in the grips of a nasty scandal. The investigations of systematic match-fixing are being labelled Piedi Puliti – ‘Clean Feet’, – and the story has already claimed a tragic casualty in the form of the Juventus star

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Little Big Cook Books

The chunky little books in The Little Big Cook Book series are packed with information and brimming with colour. Each book has more than 600 recipes and over 800 photographs. Step by step feature spreads in each book show how to make pasta at home, clean a fish, pre-pare

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Cose dItalia

In Italian, somewhere between language & culture Author: G. Stefancich ISBN: 88-7573-350-3Price: 11.50 euro Pages: 104 There is much more to Italian culture than literature, history and great art. Cose dItalia focuses on the cultural wealth inherent in everyday experi-ences and community living and includes

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Lasting Love, Politics and Poetry

Elizabeth and Robert Browning arrived in Italy in 1846 following a secret marriage in London. For Elizabeth, coming to Florence was a merciful release. As an invalid, she revelled in the air, “so much lighter and more elastic” than the smog of London. And more, she was escaping

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Meltdown!

On Thursday, 25 May, Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, the top executives at Enron, were found guilty of fraud and conspiracy.For a novice like me, the riveting, revolting story of the meltdown of the 6th largest company in the US is rendered surprisingly clear by Bethany McLean and Peter

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The Little Big Art Book

The ultimate visual compendium of Western painting, The Little Big Art Book spans the entire history of Western painting, from Prehistory to Post-Impressionism. With more than 450 colour reproductions of the greatest paintings, frescoes, and mosaics, it covers every significant style and period. Beginning with prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt,

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Tracce di animali

The interest of Tracce di animali lies in its exploration of many of the uses that Italian makes of explicit and implicit comparisons with animals in order to designate characteristics, attitudes and behavour in human beings. The book - is for the intermediate level student - contains 16 short theme-based units - &#

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Trouble in Paradise

With his second novel, The Secrets of Sant’Angelo, Jeff Shapiro brings his readers back to the quiet Tuscan village of Sant’Angelo d’Asso, to bask in the earthy warmth and wisdom of its simpleminded denizens.   The rural peace is shattered when a series of

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Who is pinocchio?

Living in Florence, I constantly stumble across more of the city’s famous sons. With Il Genio Fiorentino in full flow, it is not surprising that a few more are coming out of the woodwork. How many of you knew that Pinocchio, the wooden boy whose nose grows when

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Open eyes, open mouths

For those of us who are trying to make head or tail of a second language, it does not hurt to give a little thought to the struggle that each one of us made to learn our fi rst. How Babies Talk by Drs Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsch-

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Successful Plotting

More than two years after the first letter of complaint was lodged, the sensational trial, Baigent and Leigh vs Random House, came to judgement in London on April 7. But a whiff of a mystery still remains, fitting for the trial of Dan Brown’s thriller The Da Vinci

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The Golden Ratio:the Story of Phi, the Worlds Most Astonishing Number

If you find your horizons could be a tad broader, if you enjoy  tackling common knowledge and are ready to find new and exciting ways to look at art, nature, philosophy and even everyday life; here is the book for you. Take a breath and start by rephrasing John

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italiano a modello 1

Italiano a modello 1 focuses on reception and production skills in writing. Through a series of carefully selected short simple literary texts, it also implicitly develops a taste for reading and a critical appreciation of target language. Each module helps the students with comprehension of the texts by working on

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Library resources in Florence

While we’re eagerly awaiting the reopening of libraries on May 18, here’s a round-up of the online resources so we can get our literary kick from home.       ...

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