Blog posts tagged with 'italy'

The Italians
“No one would choose to start a book at Porta Pia,” John Hooper’s new book begins. And of course, that is exactly where his cultural portrait, The Italians, places the reader, in what Hooper calls “one of the least attractive corners of central Rome,” where Michelangelo’s gate stands among a barrage of architectural styles, each evocative of a different era. The confused aesthetic of the area surrounding Porta Pia might not be the most picturesque landscape Italy has to offer the traveler, but Hooper manages to find something essential in the mix of modern and ancient buildings.
Ciao, Carpaccio!
Ciao, Carpaccio! Veteran travel writer Jan Morris hails the Venetian Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio in this charming homage to his work. If the word "carpaccio" conjures images of raw meat to your mind, it's time you replaced those visions with the something more tasteful. In the course of writing her classic book on Venice, Morris became utterly enchanted with the historical presence of this sometimes-overlooked artist.
Kindly contributed by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, an ardent Midwesterner transplanted to Italy where she has lived for decades. The author returns to her "Rome Years" in The Other Side of the Tiber, a soulful meditation on the Eternal City and other Italian cities that seeped into her sense of self, long before she permanently settled in Parma. Here she describes a treasure, worth a pilgrimage to that city.  
The Other Side of the Tiber
Well-traveled, well-versed and well-spoken, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, who hails from Wisconsin, has lived in Parma, Italy for many decades, making an art of studying Italian culture. Her memoir, The Other Side of the Tiber, focuses not on Parma but on what she lovingly calls the “Rome Years.” Fleeing a failing marriage, Wilde-Menozzi impulsively left a tenure-track job at Oxford University and took up residence in a single room in the Arco degli Acetari with a single goal: to become a writer.
Spring Travel Books: Publishers Weekly's Top Ten
If you haven't made those summer travel plans yet, it’s time to start plotting. For inspiration, browse Publishers Weekly's top ten travel books that are not to be missed, due out this spring.
Venice Ruled
Roger Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, conquest and piracy in City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers (Venice) into the richest place on earth. Crowley has also memorably written of Istanbul, Venice's natural rival and object of envy, in
Translating Italian Cuisine
Longitude Editor, Catherine Torphy, reports from Eataly.
While living in Bologna and Rome, I used to bring along a pocket Italian dictionary whenever I ate at a trattoria or restaurant. My Italian was pretty good, but there were always a few unfamiliar words on the menu, and I hated to miss out on a local specialty because I didn’t know a particular translation. What I really needed at the time was a dictionary devoted to food: portable and comprehensive, with an Italian-English translation for whatever ingredient or delicacy might pop up on a menu. Happily, two such books have recently arrived: The Blue Guide Italy Food Companion and Monica Sartoni Cesari’s
Il Cavaliere
Diane HGales, author of La Bella Linga. Recommended Reading for Italy.Dianne Hales, irrepressible author of La Bella Lingua, was awarded the highest honor the Italian government can bestow on a foreigner: honorary knighthood, with the title of Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) in recognition of La Bella Lingua as "an invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language," presented at a ceremony at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco on March 25.
Sansepolcro, Tuscany
Kindly Contributed By Frances Mayes Author of Every Day In Tuscany Frances MayesWhen I’m at home in Tuscany and the mood strikes for a gita, a little trip, I often say, “Let’s go over to Sansepolcro.”  This flat and livable town was, of course, home to Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca and his work still hangs in the Museo Civico.  The Resurrection of Christ is one of the most profound works of art on earth.  Reason enough for a pilgrimage but the town itself is a joy.  It’s one of those places where you walk around and think I could live here.
Happy Mother's Day

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers

Let the stories, recipes and love of the nonnas inspire your own Happy Mother's Day. Jessica Theroux's culinary celebration, as much travelogue as cookbook, brings together recipes, anecdotes and photographs of 12 Italian grandmothers she met over a year in Italy, including Armida pictured below. With a map, essay, interview and (this is the best part) authentic recipes by each grandmother, from the perfect panna cotta to classic meat lasagna. Yum.
Sarzana, Liguria