Tag: #history

The taste of the sea

South of Italy, August. It is 23:30, the temperature isn’t even considering to drop, it is too hot to go to sleep. You live in a small city, and your friends live 5 minutes away from you. You have two options: Stick your head in the fridge, hoping to fall asleep while enjoying the fake…

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The (semi)circle of life

“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know healthor peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seedof murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” attribution to Pythagoras by Ovid 19th century: Charles Darwin…

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Love me, tender

6am of a Sunday morning. I read the news, the world seems to be doing better and better every day… I check my calendar, I literally have nothing scheduled for today. Time for a day in bed, eating all the crisps I have in the house, watching questionable TV shows and thinking about nothing. Sounds…

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Of Odysseus, saints, ricotta

“Nobody, that’s my name. Nobody — so my mother and father call me, all my friends.” My love affair with ricotta started very late in my life, and for this I will never forgive myself. There are a few ingredients that I used to despise when I was a kid, and only as an “adult”…

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Truth or dare?

It is a Sunday afternoon of a relatively sunny day here in Yorkshire. Autumn is approaching, the leaves are starting to show their best colours, smoothies are being replaced by cups of tea. Life is sweet. Ready with my cosy blankets, my cinnamon candles and my books, I give a final look at the photos…

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Of shoestrings, murders and pasta

Italy: a population of 60.36 million people, 83% of which is Catholics. The Pope resides in the Vatican, a city-state located in Rome, 97% of the population has been Christened, 7 out of 12 National holidays have roots in the Catholic Church. So it is clear that Catholicism is part of the Italian society, people embrace…

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Of druids, sins and pasta

“Through singing, opera must make you weep, shudder, die.”- Vincenzo Bellini Today we are in Catania,  the second largest city in Sicily after Palermo, famous for her majestic location at the foot of Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Curiosity #1: The word Etna comes from the Greek αἴθω (aithō), meaning “I burn” Curiosity…

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The human comedy

Despite my heart says that Giuseppe Ceri was onto something when he wrote about tortellini, Venus and her belly button, sometimes we need to stick to the boring, predictable reality. And the facts are clear: tortellini are old. How old they are has not been established yet, there are so many myths and legends surrounding…

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