Monthly Archives: February 2012

July 17, 1944: Reconsidering History in Crespino del Lamone

Inspired by a visit to Crespino del Lamone on April 3, 2011. On the surface, there’s nothing special about Crespino del Lamone. With its grey and crumbling facades, nondescript church, and geranium- and gelateria-free piazza, this tiny town tucked away … Continue reading

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Curiosità: Pompeii Red

A study last fall by researchers at the National Institute of Optics-National Research Council of Florence (CNR) revealed that the intense red color in many of the stunning frescoes of the ancient Roman world–at sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum–is … Continue reading

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Saving the Sagra: Borgo San Lorenzo Acts to Preserve Tradition & Quality

The Italian sagra is a subject dear to me. The blend of wacky sagra atmosphere and good, cheap eats has for years appealed to the foodie in me as well as the observer of things Italian. The sagra tradition was … Continue reading

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