TWO OPPOSITES & ONE EXTRAORDINARY COUNTRY

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Stand spellbound beneath Michelangelo's masterwork in the Sistine Chapel (a private visit of course), browse the gowns of Milan's global fashion houses, or speed round the track at the wheel of a Ferrari and you can only marvel at the Italians' cutting-edge creativity.

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I PIZZAIOLO ' LET'S TALK PIZZA'

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With ancient Greek and Roman clues to some kind of pizza dish served way back in the past perhaps the roots of the pizza will always remain obscured in the mists of time, but fortunately we do have a clearer story of the modern pizza. This is how it goes:

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THE DOGE AND THE FOOL - CARNIVAL TIME IN ITALY

 

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You’ve no doubt heard of the Carnival, a festival that takes place around the world in the two weeks leading up to Lent (the 40-day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter, which serves as preparation for Easter and involves fasting and penitence). While there is some argument about the origin of the word “Carnival,” the most popular explanation is that it is derived from the Latin words: carne (meat) and vale (farewell), which together become carne-vale or “farewell to meat.” 

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