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The Music of Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone has won the Oscar for scoring The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino Ennio Morricone has composed about 500 scores, from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" to "The Mission", "Cinema Paradiso", "Malena", and in 2015 "The Hateful Eight" for which he has finally won his first Oscar...

Biography and art works of Giorgio Giorgione

Giorgio Giorgione was born Giorgio Barbarelli in Castelfranco in 1477. Very little is known about this master who died of the plague at the age of 34, but who changed the entire course of sixteenth-century Venetian painting. Only sixteen of his works have been definitely identified. This can perhaps be...
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Biography of Ugo Tognazzi

Movies with Ugo Tognazzi Because of his father's profession, inspector of an insurance company, Ugo Tognazzi spent his childhood in various cities to return later in 1936 in his native Cremona, fourteen years old, and found work as a laborer at Negroni, Cremona famous factory producing sausages and in his...
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Best selling Italian leather bags

The best selling leather bags from Forzieri, Florence, Italy Forzieri of Florence carries many products Made in Italy, most of the items are manufactured in Florence and made with authentic Italian leather chosen among the best available. All products carried by Forzieri are authentic, from clothing to leather bags and...
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New Book Praises Pope John XXIII’s Miracle at Sheppton

A new book examines a Pennsylvanian mining disaster that occurred decades ago and a miraculous rescue attributed to Pope John XXIII.
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Biography and art works of Paolo Uccello

Paolo Uccello (born Paolo di Dono in 1397) was a Florentine painter who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. His nickname Uccello came from his fondness for painting birds. With his precise, analytical mind he tried to apply a scientific method to depict objects...
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Italian Literature: The Renaissance

The Renaissance reached its fulfillment in the 16th century. Italian, long eclipsed by the humanists’ preoccupation with Greek and Latin, rose to a new and conscious dignity as a medium of serious literary expression. Pietro Bembo, who exercised tremendous influence in the first half of the century, contributed greatly...
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Biography of Anna Magnani

Anna Magnani was a beloved Academy Award-winning Italian actress, with stage experience. The Rose Tattoo with Burt Lancaster earned her an Oscar.
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Biography and art works of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni, Futurist theoretician, painter, and sculptor, was born in 1882 in Reggio Calabria and was a graduate of the Technical Institute of Catania when he began to study art in Rome. His earliest work was romantic and strongly influenced by the floral arabesques of Art Nouveau. In 1901, Boccioni...
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Italian movie award winners

Click on IMDB (Internet Movie Database) to read about the movie Academy Awards - Oscars 1957 - Winner: La Strada (IMDB) 1958 - Winner: Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: La strada lunga un anno (Road a...
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Video animation of Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii in 79AD

A Day in Pompeii The terrifying re-enactment of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79AD and final obliteration of Pompeii by the pyroclastic flow the next morning will give you an idea of what most likely it has been in reality. I recommend watching this video in full...
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Italian artists perform English songs in Italian

Growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s, radio and TV stations in Italy used to play the Italian version of famous English songs from USA or UK as performed by Italian singers and bands. In many cases the lyrics were completely different than the original ones, it is quite...
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Biography and art works of Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone, the father of modern painting and one of the greatest figures in the history of Western art, was born in a small hamlet in the valley of the Mugello, twenty miles north of Florence in 1267. We know very little about him and his exact birthplace...
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Top Italian Movies of all time

A list of the top Italian movies of all time in USA rated by users, from Italian comedy to drama, Italian neorealism and western, horror, suspense and thriller.
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Italian Jewelry and Watches from Florence, Italy

You don't have to travel to Florence to buy authentic Italian Jewelry and Watches When it comes to fine Italian jewelry, from intricate works on rings and pendants to excellent craftsmanship on 18K Gold and Murano glass, count on Italian tradition of excellence in craftsmanship. Since the pre-roman times, jewelry pieces...
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Italian Proverbs

An extensive list of Italian proverbs in Italian and translated into English with book references. Popular Italian Proverbs A A cane scottato l 'acqua fredda pare calda. English equivalent: A burnt child dreads the fire. Mawr, E.B. (1885). Analogous Proverbs in Ten Languages. p. 2. A chi bene crede, Dio provvede. English...
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The Vatican Museums in Rome

A Place to Celebrate Art and History View Images of Vatican City and the Vatican Museums About the Vatican Museums Touted as some of the greatest museums in the world, the Vatican Museums in Viale Vaticano in Rome are visited by more than 4 million people each year. Visitors are able to...
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Italian Literature: The Foreign Influence

Italy, beginning in the late 15th century, was exhausted by constant wars as rival Spanish, French, and Austrian rulers made the country their battleground. At the same time, world trade was shifting from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, causing an economic decline in Italy. The once free-spirited,...
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Biography of Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni was an Italian actor made famous by the movies of Fellini such as La Dolce Vita and 8½. Mastroianni had a long acting career in Italy.
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Biography and art works of Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence in 1445. The most humanistic of the Renaissance painters, he was at first apprenticed to a goldsmith. He became, in 1465, a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi's, and remained with him for about two years. It is believed that he later worked with...

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How Technology Can Transform Your Italian Language Skills

Learning Italian is a popular choice. With over 60 million speakers around the world and several countries in which it is dominant, this is...

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