Reading FrancesMayes and Travelling In Italy http://www.francesmayesbooks.com/ UndertheTuscanSun(2003) Seethetrailerhere
ItalianSpeakingCountries ITALY Political system: Republic Capital city: Rome Total area: 301 263 km² Population: 58.8 million Currency: euro Language: Italian SWITZERLAND Political system: Swiss Confederation Capital city: Berne Total area: 41 284 km² Population: 7.3 million Currency: Swiss franc Language: Italian is one of the 4 official languages SAN MARINO Political system: Republic Capital city: San Marino Total area: 61.2 km² Population: 0.02 million Currency: euro Language: Italian VATICAN CITY STATE Political system: Ecclesiastical state Capital city: Vatican City Total area: 0.4 km² Population: 0.0009 million Currency: euro Language: Italian is spoken although Latin is the official language
Swiss Langage Map There are 4 official languages in Switzerland. Italian is spoken in the Canton of TICINO. Ticino is at the Italian border. By car there is less than one hour from Milan to the Swiss border (Chiasso). Short Term: TI State Capital:Bellinzona Member of the Swiss Federation since: 1803 Administrative language: Italian Size: 2812 km²
Italy is divided into 20 regions FrancesMayes’houseissituated in theeastside of Tuscany. TuscanyisnotoriousforitsRenaissance art. Florence, Pisa and Sienna are themostfamouscities. Dante (1265-1321) established the Tuscan dialect as the literary language of Italy, thisiswhyItalianisalsocalled “Dante’slanguage”. Withthebookwewilltraveltootherregionssuch as Sicily, Veneto and Umbria .
LA TOSCANA (Tuscany) Frances Mayes’ house, Bramasole, issituated in CORTONA, a littlecity in the Arezzo area. CortonaisrightontheborderwiththeUmbriaregion and knownforitsEtruscanpast.
Pecorino: Deeper into the country 93, 94, 96; Spring Kitchen 141, 143; BagnoVignoni and Pienza 160 Pecorino toscano (cheese) with recipes, wines, maps (in English) http://www.italianmade.com/foods/subcat23018.cfm Favee Pecorino: Recipe (in English) http://www.italianfoodforever.com/iff/news.asp?id=122 Florentinebeefsteak: Deeper into the country 98
This is the Italian Porterhouse (in Italian, with photo)
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/cattle/chianina/ Ribollita: A Loog Around Lago Trasimeno164; AP 182 All about this typical Tuscan soup (in Italian and English) http://www.ribollita.com/index.htm Fried Zucchini flowers (recipe in Italian): Primavera 11, Bagno Vignoni and Pienza 160; Mad July 212 http://cucina.intrage.it/contorni/46/
Travelling AroundCortonawithBella Tuscany Seewith Google map Thenumbersreferetothepages of theeditionpresented at thebeginning of thispresentation. Cortona (red pin): 1, 65, 68, 169, 199, 202, 203 In Tuscany (blupins) Firenze (Florence): 5 , 7, 19, 213, 271 Sansepolcro: 68, 70 (Piero della Francesca) Montepulciano: 23, 27 (vino) Arezzo: 17, 181 (market) In Umbria (yellowpins) Lago Trasimeno: xiii, 125, 161, 166, 168 Assisi: 248 (Giotto) CittàdellaPieve: 172Orvieto: 195
Il Veneto Veneto is the name of the region. The city of Venezia is the capital of the region. The gondole, the Canal Grande, the piazza San Marco, the Caffè Florian and Cipriani, the 4 horses, the Danieli hotel, Murano glass …BENVENUTI A VENEZIA !
“un’ombra” is a typical Venetian expression meaning by metonym “a glass of wine” (“ombra” means shadow in Italian) Read the story here, at the end of the page: http://dobianchi.wordpress.com/category/de-nominibus/page/2/
La Sicilia (Sicily) Sicily is a region. The island is separated from southern Italy by the Straits of Messina. So far, no bridge is linking the island to the mainland. To build or not a bridge is a sensitive and recurrent topic in Italy. People use the ferry or the plane to reach the island.