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THE 100th GIRO D’ITALIA pays tribute to Gino Bartali

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Gino Bartali, one of the most renowned Italian cyclist, also known as “Ginettaccio” The 100th Giro d’Italia starts next 17th May from Ponte to Ema, where Gino Bartali was born. On 7th August 1908, a headline on the La Gazzetta dello Sport announced that the newspaper would sponsor the first Giro d’Italia, scheduled for the following…

Forty years with Zà Zà

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It was 7th April 1977 … “Life begins at 40,” they say … and they also say “A tavola non si invecchia” (“At the table you don’t get old”): they are true and confirmed by numerous researches. Serenity, maturity and Mediterranean diet are the best recipe for a long and healthy life. What does this…

Sweet Carnival

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“È berlingaccio quel giovedì, che va innanzi al giorno del carnesciale, che i Lombardi chiamano la giobbia grassa.” (Benedetto Varchi) According to Benedetto Varchi’s quote, the day before Carnival, Shrove Thursday, is known as “berlingaccio”. The people of Lombardy call it “la Giobbia grassa”: For the Ancient Greeks and the Romans, the Dionysian festivities were…

Cenacoli in Florence

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The world’s most famous cenacle (or “cenacolo” on Italian, a name defining the last supper of Jesus and his disciples, a favorite subject with painters) is definitely the “Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan, but also Florence is rich in works devoted to the dinner between Jesus and his apostles. Many of them…

La Quaresima (Lent)

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40 Days of fasting, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Friday. The Quaresima (Lent) commemorates the 40 days of fasting of Jesus. During Lent, Christians commit to giving up certain foods. Excluding animal fats, the list of foods allowed during Lent used to include bread, polenta with vegetable soups, ravioli with herbs, and fresh or dried…

The ‘Melodrama’ (the Opera)

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“Acting while singing” was born in Florence in 1580 In the past recent years, Elio, the frontman of “Le storie tese” (an eclectic, mocking, humorous, multi-genre Italian band) has reminded us that the Opera was born in Italy, or rather, in Florence. Unlike other musical genres and forms, the Opera (or “melodrama”) has a specific…

The florentine t-bone steak was born in Piazza San Lorenzo

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– How do you cook a T-bone steak? – Just like that! (in Italian: “zazzà!”) And there you go! Yet, outside Tuscany no one knows how it should be cut: they slice it thin. And it has no fillet. Just take a look at a deboned steak: it is nothing but an escalope! For us…