The Medici, the dynasty that governed Renaissance Florence, blazed into the 21st century in a three-part Netflix series. While many dispute its historical accuracy, the the lavish production captures the seize-the-day spirit of the age. Certainly the handsome actor cast as the most magnificent Medici, bears little resemblance to the supremely but seductively ugly Lorenzo (1449-1492).
Come what may, people do what they love. Dancers dance; singers sing; actors perform; writers write. And so I’ve created a new book: “A” Is for Amore. This letter-by-letter journey through the Italian alphabet, culled from decades of research, writing, and wandering, takes readers on a virtual tour of Italian treasures and pleasures, ranging from cucina to opera to vino.You can download the digital PDF for free—a small gift that I hope will entertain and uplift you.
Not even a global pandemic can stop people from doing what they love. Over the last few months, we’ve seen dancers dance; singers sing; actors perform—wherever and whenever they could. The same is true of writers. While sheltering at home in California, I’ve created a new book: “A” Is for Amore. You can download the digital PDF for free —a small gift that I hope will entertain and uplift you.
The plague of 1348, the greatest disaster to befall Italy in a thousand years, killed a quarter of Florence’s citizens. Giovanni Boccaccio, the great raconteur who inspired storytellers from Chaucer to Dickens to Twain, responded to the daily horror with the most exuberant, entertaining, death-defying work of literature the world had seen: the Decameron, Italian’s first great prose narrative, hailed as “a book of the love of life.”
Traditionally la festa della mamma in Italy fell on May 8. The current practice of celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May started in 1957. But la mamma italiana is the center of her family’s life every day of the year. Men may hold the highest political offices, but the person at the helm of the family—the strongest Italian institution—is Mamma.
At the forefront of everyone’s mind at the moment is the coronavirus, which has caused a devastating pandemic throughout the world. If you are currently studying Italian and want to be able to converse with Italian speakers about the coronavirus, you will need to learn some new and related vocabulary.