Italy's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Roman Ruins, Wonderful Wines, and Renaissance Rarities

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Curiosities and wonders - 351 pages
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Italy has always captivated the imagination of foreigners, attracted many to its shores, and contributed more than its share to world culture and progress, not to mention its delectable cuisine. A small country, it is about 116,000 square miles, or roughly less than half the size of Texas. But despite its relative small size, during the Roman Empire its rulers dominated the Western world both politically and culturally for several hundred years. During the Dark Ages, monks kept the flicker of knowledge and culture alive, and during the Renaissance, while politically weak and divided, it was the birthplace and the European cradle of the arts and humanism. In the nineteenth century its music, in the form of opera, reigned supreme while the country ejected foreign rulers and established its independence. Italy 's influence continues today.Luciano Mangiafico captures all that and more, with fifty chapters on Italian culture, cuisine, and history. "Italy 's Most Wanted " provides a wonderful look for tourists-to-be, those who have visited Italy, and those who have come from Italy. Italy still sings its siren song to lovers of the Italian Way of Life the world over. Listen to the song and learn the words with "Italy 's Most Wanted ."
 

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Contents

Italy in the PostwarWorld
Mafia
Modern Composers
Popular Operas
Opera Singers andConductors
The Great OperaHouses
Modern Visual Artsand Architecture
Films Directors andStars

Unsaintly Popes
Dante Alighieri
Medieval Rulers
Medieval CastlesChurches andPalaces
Saints Miracles andHoly Legends
Renaissance Painters
RenaissanceSculptors andArchitects
RenaissanceChurches andPalaces
The HumanitiesLiterature and Musicin the Renaissanceand the Baroque
Explorers
AdventurersScoundrels andCriminals
Famous ItalianUniversities
OutstandingLibraries andMuseums
Famous andInfamous Women
Mannerist andBaroque Sights
Artists ofMannerism theBaroque andNeoclassicism
Personalitiesof ItalianIndependence
The Savoy Dynasty
Mussolinis World
Prelude to andDuring World War II
Notable Scientists
Modern LiteraryGiants
Unusual TouristSights
Disasters
Hidden Treasuresand Oddities in Rome
Off the Beaten Path
Smaller ItalianIslands
ItalianAmericans
Favorite Dishes
Notable Wines
Restaurants
Great Italian Chefs inthe United States
HighFashion Gurus
Soccer
Smaller States andTerritorialPeculiarities
Help Im Going toItaly
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Copyright

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LUCIANO MANGIAFICO is Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados.

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