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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…