Matera's prehistoric Sassi (photo: R. Lamacchia)
Jubilation and joy broke out in Matera when the city was selected to be one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2019, beating out fellow Italians on the short list: Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia-Assisi, Siena and Ravenna. Making the announcement in Brussels on October 17th, the European Commissioner ... Read more...
31 October, 2014
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Il Pino
via San Matteo, 102, San Gimignano; Tel.: 0577-940415
Dine in the magical, medieval atmosphere of rustic brick arches at Il Pino. They serve regional cuisine focused primarily on cod fish, tripe and wild game cooked in the traditional Tuscan way. Fresh fish and bistecca alla fiorentina also appear on the menu, and the homemade soups are fabulous. If you can't bear to leave the place, they have a few rooms for rent upstairs.

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I Due Fratellini
Cafe/Sandwich Bar
Via dei Cimatori, 38/r, Florence; Tel.: 055-2396096
Founded in 1875, this fiaschetteria (derived from the word for a flask of wine) is one of the last of a dying breed. The doorway, just off the main drag between the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, is only 5-feet deep and is lined with rows of wine bottles against the back wall. You stand on the cobblestones of the narrow street, munching and sipping, alongside Florentines on their lunch break and a few tourists-in-the-know. Try the excellent cinghiale piccante con caprino (spicy raw wild boar sausage with creamy goat cheese). No credit cards.

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LIBRIVIVI: An Italian literary revolution: the audiobook, becomes the "audiomovie". List all books...

LibriVivi are cutting-edge audiobooks that bring the greatest works of literature to life by means of new, emotionally engaging techniques that transform the book into a veritable "movie."

Living Comics System:
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Digital animation enters the world of comic books. Experience the first release "Sulphur & Dana" depicting the triumph of love over prejudice, discrimination and mistrust.

Introducing Whaiwhai:
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The New York Times calls Whaiwhai "a high-tech Italian game that is part 'Amazing Race' and part treasure hunt, with a bit of DaVinci Code-style storytelling..."