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Italians love a good celebration, even (or especially) if that means commemorating a victory dating back to Medieval times! Special occasions in Florence and Tuscany generally are often marked with street parades featuring flag throwers. The art of flag throwing dates back to Medieval and Renaissance times when military parades would be accompanied by their band of merry musicians and their flag bearers. To add a touch of drama to the parades, the flag bearers would put on
Cultural
Limoncello very pretty and the limoncello is sweet… Limoncello is a traditional Italian liqueur made by using the fat-skinned lemons typical of the south of Italy, known as Sorrento lemons, or – terms a little less likely to be heard at the fruit market – Sfusato Lemonsor and Femminello St. Teresa lemons. They must be untreated, so homegrown ones are best. You’ll need around one kilo of them. Firstly, you take a batch of these lemons
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Great Renaissance artist and Florentine local, Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530), is known as ‘the faultless painter’ due to his exceptional technical abilities, his perfection in capturing each figure and form in his master works. Yet his paintings have never been as greatly appreciated as those of Michelangelo and Rafael whose works were much more revered despite technical ‘flaws’. Del Sarto married the widow, Lucrezia del Fede, who remains known to this day for her incessant
Cultural
Rome’s Piramide – an unusal historical site in Rome (photo by Zacharym) Let’s play a game of word association. We say ‘Gondola’, you would likely say ‘Venice’ . We say ‘Michelangelo’, you may come up with ‘Florence’, ‘David’ or perhaps ‘Sistine Chapel’. But how about ‘Pyramids’? Not many of us would call out ‘Rome’. And yet, Rome was actually the site of two pyramids built as tombs somewhere between 18 and 12 BC. Piramide Cestia
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The Uffizi Gallery has just issued a list of rules for visitors to the museum. It got us thinking about etiquette generally in Italy. For instance, when you entre a store, you should ask permission to browse. In Italian you say, ‘Permesso?’ -as in, ‘May I?’-  when you walk into a shop. It is considered rude to touch items in store window displays just as it is also frowned upon to help yourself in some
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