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been in the headlines lately, with the Costa Concordia grounded
off the coast of Isola del Giglio and the country’s
financial situation alternating in taking turns for the spotlight.
Concordia had just embarked on a seven-day cruise, circling the islands of
Sardegna and Corsica with stops at
Savona (region of Liguira), Marseille, Barcelona, Palma (on the island of
Majorca), Cagliari (region of Sardegna), and Palermo (region of Sicily) before
returning to Civitavecchia, in the Port of
news reports state that the cruise ship may be part of the view from the island for many months. Giglio and six other islands form the
Tuscan Archipelago, the core of Arcipelago Toscano National Park, the largest marine park in Europe. According to legend, as Venus
emerged from the water, the necklace she wore broke, and the pearls slipped into
the sea, creating the islands.
Seven Jewels of the Tuscan Archipelago
A Seven Star Park
Giglio (A Virtual Visit)
del Giglio: View the coastline without a
grounded cruise ship. (YouTube)
Salvaging the Con Concordia
joins many other countries as it reduces expenses, and some cuts are affecting
the funding for cultural and marketing programs in America. An article in the New York Times made note of salary cuts to staff at the Italian Embassy in New York and
staff reductions at RAI Corporation in New York City. RAI
Corporation is the American branch of RAI
Internazionale, the Italian-government owned
media company that broadcasts through television, radio, and the
budget cuts were made at the Italian Trade Commission
and the Italian Cultural Institute,
both in New York City. The Italian Trade Commission has reduced its advertising
expenses by eliminating some consumer-targeted advertising in the Made in Italy
campaign. One of its biggest promotions is organizing The Italian Pavilion for
the Fancy Food Show (for the food trade industry), currently held in the winter
and summer each year. Exhibitors in the Italian Pavilion feature regional
cheeses, olive oils, pastas, cured meats, preserved vegetables, baked goods,
wines, and many other products.
2012 Winter Fancy Food Show Exhibitors (PDF)
Italian Cultural Institute promotes Italian language and culture through various
events, exhibits, and programs held throughout the year. The budget cuts have
led the Institute to turn to corporate sponsors. A current exhibit, extended to
February 9th, is “150
Years of Italian Genius, showcasing the
creativity and genius of Italian scientists and researchers from various
disciplines. This exhibition will emphasize the contribution of Italian
inventions and discoveries to the industrial development of the
the inventions in the exhibit is the Olivetti Programma 101, invented by
Pier Giorgio Perotto in
1964 and considered to be the first personal computer. If you are close to New
York City, visit the exhibit at the Institute, located at 686 Park
Years of Italian Genius: About the Exhibit
reviews have been added to Thirty-One Days of Italians.
Time Takes No Time by Donna L.
Gestri, is the story of a young couple living in a small village in Sicily in
the late 1890s. Donna shows how family traditions, friends, foes, Sicilian
culture, and the land impact their lives. Like a big Italian family, Time Takes No Time has many characters,
and although they may not appear frequently on the pages, their strong
personalities, conveyed through lively conversations and descriptive passages,
keep them central to the story. The book includes a very handy glossary of
Italian phrases and several recipes. Read the review.
100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go is not just for women. Susan Van Allen, who has been traveling to Italy
since 1976, offers a wealth of information about la bella paese, the beautiful country.
It's the perfect book to take a visitor away from the well known and often
crowded tourists’ spots for an opportunity to learn more about places that
aren’t always mentioned. That makes 100
Places a great resource for those who have visited Italy and
those who plan to. Read the review.
Buon anno, buon tutto, buona
Author of Con Amore
Thirty-One Days of Italians
Italian American History in America's Schools
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