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Book Review: Leonardo’s Swans

As an American representative for Italian Tourism, I have the amazing opportunity to travel to Italy a few times a year.  On my most recent trip, I journeyed to Lombardia, an astounding Northern region bursting with beauty, culture, and history. One of the richest areas of Italy, of which Milan Details

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Natural Foods in Cremona

“Our food is a national treasure,” Angelo Marazia told me recently on a warm, rainy afternoon in the lovely town of Cremona.  I nodded in agreement, remembering the many Italian meals I’d enjoyed, as I sipped a caffe lungo at the bar in the Piazza del Comune. Angelo told me of his passion Details

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Lombardy: Teodolinda and Monza

The Lombards were nomads from northeastern Europe who invaded Italy during the end of the 6th century.  After they conquered Milan and Pavia, the Lombardian dukes decided to elect a king to rule their new land.  They chose Autari, son of Cleph, king of the Lombards.  Of course, the king neede Details

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May 10, 2012 7:29 pm
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Sacri Monti

The nine Sacri Monti (Scared Mountains) of Piedmont and Lombardy are a group of chapels and other architectural features created in the late 16th and 17th centuries and dedicated to different aspects of the Christian faith and were inscribed  on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2003

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Torrone Sweet Torrone

Torrone: It is said that in 1441 in Cremona (Lombardia,) during the wedding of Bianca Maria Visconti and Francesco Sforza, the pastry chef at court played with a mixture of almonds, honey and white of eggs and he cooked the first “torrone”, a very special nougat shaped like the big tower name Details

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Winged Victory ~ Brescia

The original bronze Winged Victory is in the Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia, Italy. The sculpture, thought to be the Greek goddess Aphrodite, originated in the 3rd century B.C.  The wings were added to transform her into a winged victory in the 1st century B.C. The Winged Victory, also known as Details

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October 17, 2011 1:38 am
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Bars in Italy ~ A Part of Italian Life

Let’s discuss Bars in Italy Bars in Italy are a part of everyday life.  Unlike American bars, which are mostly for drinking alcoholic beverages, a bar in Italy is for having coffee, a light meal or snack and for hanging out in the neighborhood. Bars in an Italian town or neighborhood are the c Details

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Lombardia ~ Italy’s Richest Region

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Lombardia is considered Italy’s richest region.  Located in the northern part of the country, it is known for its beautiful lakes (Como, Maggiori and Garda), excellent food and wine, Milan for cutting edge fashion, as well as being the financial capital center of Italy.  Lombardia is also Details

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Lombardy: Five Reasons to Visit Cremona

There are more than five reasons to visit Cremona, but let’s start with mine.  Piazza del Comune is a typical medieval square with a view of the most important buildings of the city: the Duomo, the Baptistery, the famous Torrazzo (bell tower) and city hall. The town of Cremona is located Details

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