Monthly Archives: June 2015

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All Men are Created Equal By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com July 4, 2015 we celebrate the 239th Independence day of our great nation and that “All men are created equal.” A tribute to Filippo Mazzei and Thomas Jefferson. In 1773, spurred by his … Continue reading

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La Pietà By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com On April 4th 1964, the SS Cristoforo Colombo ocean liner carried the Pietà from the Vatican to the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.  The Pietà was put in a crate that was filled with plastic foam, … Continue reading

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Nice to Know By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Pawnbrokers The traditional symbol of the pawnbroker three golden balls (photo above)  is derived from the Medici family coat-of-arms, who ruled Florence in the 15th and 16th centuries.  The symbol was spread by … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com At Versailles, during the reign of Louis XIV, it was considered gauche to knock on a door with your knuckles. Instead one scratched the door with the little finger of the left hand, and for this … Continue reading

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  Packed like Sardines By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Last week, I was forced to take a subway in New York City to avoid getting stuck in traffic and reach my destination on time . As the train approached the station, a … Continue reading

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Festa della Repubblica

By Bella Vagnoni, NIAF Intern In Italy, June 2nd  is Festa della Repubblica, a national holiday that commemorates the end of the monarchy. The history of the holiday dates back to 1946, when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy and adopt … Continue reading

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