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Bisogna Provarle Tutte! – Part 1 Posted by on Jul 30, 2012

In this blog, our friend Mattia writes about his experience of working as a cameriere (waiter) at a large resort in the Gargano area of Puglia. Bisogna Provarle Tutte! Beh ovviamente mi riferisco alle esperienze lavorative che vi vengono proposte nella vita! Certo, non è facile fare questo tipo di ragionamento, perchè molte persone pensano…

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Pomodori al Gratin Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

This is a simple summer recipe originally from the Romagna area, on the Adriatic coast. The two main ingredients are: tasty ripe tomatoes and dry breadcrumbs. I usually make my own breadcrumbs using the method that I learned from my parents (this is traditionally my father’s job). When I have some leftover bread, I cut…

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Il Premio Bancarella – The Rules Posted by on Jul 26, 2012

To follow on from my previous Premio Bancarella blog, today I’m going to explain how the competition actually works. What makes the Premio Bancarella unique amongst Italian book prizes is the fact that it’s not awarded by a jury of critics, but is completely organised by booksellers from all over the country, including the Canton…

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Il Premio Bancarella – The Origins Posted by on Jul 23, 2012

Pontremoli and its surrounding territory, la Lunigiana, which is located in the northern tip of Toscana, has always been a point of departure for emigration towards the north of Italy and abroad. Amongst these emigrants there is a particular “species”, unique to this area, called i librai della Lunigiana (the Lunigiana booksellers), who have been…

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Via D’Amelio Posted by on Jul 19, 2012

Sunday the 19th of July 1992, a hot summer afternoon, people are thinking about their holidays, going to the beach, relaxing, spending time with friends and family, when suddenly our tranquillity is shattered: a car bomb  explodes in Via D’Amelio in Palermo killing judge Paolo Borsellino and the five members of his police escort, Agostino…

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Meriggio d’Estate Posted by on Jul 18, 2012

It’s a hot summer afternoon just after lunch time and, as on every other summer’s day, Maura, our next-door neighbour, appears at her bedroom window, spreads her arms wide, gets hold of le persiane (the shutters) and firmly closes them for la penichella pomeridiana (the afternoon’s nap). At this time of day the same ritual…

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“Ho Imparato A Sognare” di Fiorella Mannoia Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

From cascatrice (stuntwoman) to renowned singer, Fiorella Mannoia has certainly ‘learnt how to dream’. Daughter of film stuntman Luigi Mannoia, Fiorella was born in Rome in 1954,  and came to prominence as one of Italy’s great female vocalists in the 1980’s. You can find a full biography here: Fiorella Mannoia Biografia Here is one of…

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