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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Ristorante Enoteca Rossini
Lungarno Corsini, 4, Florence; Tel.: 055-2399224
The elegant Ristorante Rossini is set on the ground floor of the Gianfigliazzi palace, on the banks of the River Arno. The vaulted ceilings, fine china and plush furnishings combine drama with classic style - the setting is formal (waiters in black tie) but it never feels stuffy. Try a gourmet tasting menu, or creative Italian dishes such as cod fish ravioli and risotto with honey and truffles. The wine cellar contains about 10,000 bottles, representing 1,200 wine labels.

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Bar Cucciolo
Cafe/Sandwich Bar
Via del Corso, 25/R, Florence; Tel.: 055-287727
"Bomboloni caldi" (hot doughnuts) is the sign that goes up whenever fresh, hot batches are due to roll out of the doughnut machine at Bar Cucciolo, and 4:30pm is one of these times. Generations of Florentine children have enjoyed this after-school snack in either the plain version (called "ciambelle," with a hole in the middle and rolled in sugar) or filled (chocolate, nutella, apricot jam, blackberry preserves, or vanilla cream are the yummy fillings). Pizza, panini, and pasta dishes mean you can also have lunch here, although a cappuccino and a bombolone is the classic order, anytime of the day! Low prices, a friendly staff, and a central location in the most touristy part of town make this an address to remember.

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

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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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