Tag Archives: Italy

YMOD does SoWa

I visited the hip South of Washington Street (SoWa) arts district Accompanied by some good people from the DeCordova and gallery buddy L for the YMOD gallery walk.  There was a similar event on Newbury Street in the Spring. We began at the 450 Harrison at Thayer Street complex with Gallery Kayafas, Bromfield Gallery, Kingston…
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Pizzeria al Puffo

Those last couple of posts seemed kinda eggheaded, so here's Pizzeria al Puffo in Muggia. "Pizza a taglio" is "pizza by the slice" but I have no explanation for ether the smurf or the wheelbarrow. Right here in Cambridge, there's a place that serves puffo ("smurf") gelato. Go figure.
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Girolamo Savonarola

This dramatic statue in Ferrara depicts Girolamo Savonarola, a fiery reformist Dominican priest of the 15th century. Still somewhat controversial today, Savonarola organized the "Bonfires of the Vanities" in which Florentines burned their books, fancy clothes and other too-materialistic possessions. This crowd might or might not have included Michelangelo and Botticelli tossing their own work…
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Campanilissimo

The Italian word of the moment is campanilismo. Translated by BabelFish as "parochialism," campanilismo refers to local pride or patriotism, sometimes very local. If you ask somebody where she's from and she says "Boston" or "New York" that's not campanilismo. If she says, "Southie" or "Washington Heights" you've got a campanilista on your hands. Campanilismo…
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Italia Unrealita

I was talking to a colleague about Italy and he described a sense of unreality visiting there, how every street looks like a movie set and every vista like a postcard, and how it takes a honking car or beeping cell phone to break the spell and re-locate your head in the present time. I…
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I still heart film’s weirdness and beauty

I got the film back from Italy and fell in love with the grain all over again. I think it happens every time I get back a batch of vacation film, see also here. Can your digital camera do this? Yes, I know the highlights are blown out and the shadows are gone. I'm not…
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After the Tuscan Sun

Dusk over the Arno. Everybody else is shooting the other way towards the Ponte Vecchio but the light is gone and the bridge is too far away. Always know the time of sunrise and sunset and if possible the phase and times of the moon, too.
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Fun Food in Ferrara

I am not making this up. According to the guidebook... Ferrara's interesting foods with unusual histories: ... The Bread (Ciupeta) In the 16th century, the Dukes of Ferrara led a luxurious court life. The Dukes' cook served for the first time a kind of twisted bread, the birth of "Ciupeta", whose shape is a combination…
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Castello Miramare

Archduke Max built it on the Adriatic then went to Mexico and got killed by Juarez. His wife Charlotte of Belgium painted pined and went mad. Gotta love the XIX century.
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Flight of the mousse

There's just not enough time to eat everything. that's why I love grazing, small plates and tastings. After a fine dinner of seafood (risotto frutti di mare and local grilled fish) and some very local wine (the waiter pointed to the hills above the city) my translator was blotto and I was too weak to…
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