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Fast Fun Facts  We know you have busy weeks, so here are just a few fun facts on Italian and Italian American culture and history to keep your day moving! By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com During the Renaissance blonde hair became … Continue reading

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“Memories of the Past” By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com   As a small boy in the 1950’s, I remember passing by a shop in the piazza of my small town in Abruzzo and seeing the Rappresentante (“representative”) sign.  Obviously, I had no … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Preserving the Italian language In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Benito Mussolini tried to eliminate foreign words from the Italian language. A friend of mine, born to Italian and French parents, was named Josette; but when they went … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Gelato Italiano Summer 2015 is almost over and by now you must have had your fair share of ice cream for the year. But wait! If you are visiting Sicily in September, you must attend “la … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com The Italian “confetti” are almonds with a hard sugar coating and the town of Sulmona is its capital.  Confetti are traditionally given to friends and family during great occasions such as weddings (white confetti), birth (blue … Continue reading

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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Fast Facts: Quick snippets of Italian culture for your busy Tuesday 842 years ago this week, on August 9, 1173, marked the first day of construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was completed in 1370 … Continue reading

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The Statue of Freedom atop of the US Capitol building By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com The 19.5 feet tall statue, weighing 15,000 pounds, was created in Rome and the ship that brought it to America ran into a storm so severe … 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 Espresso Coffee with a Lemon Twist When visiting New York City, many Italian tourists are perplexed as to why Italian restaurants serve espresso with a lemon twist on the side. Even finer establishments adhere to this Italian … Continue reading

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