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

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Potomac Books, Inc., Nov 1, 2007 - Reference - 336 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

The Italian Character
1
Ancient Figures in Greek Italy
7
Legendary Romans
14
Best and Worst Roman Emperors
21
Roman Literati
28
Ancient Monuments
33
Unsaintly Popes
40
Dante Alighieri
47
Mafia
195
Modern Composers
202
Popular Operas
210
Opera Singers and Conductors
216
The Great Opera Houses
222
Modern Visual Arts and Architecture
227
Films Directors and Stars
233
Notable Scientists
238

Medieval Rulers
54
Medieval Castles Churches and Palaces
61
Saints Miracles and Holy Legends
68
Renaissance Painters
77
Renaissance Sculptors and Architects
85
Renaissance Churches and Palaces
92
The Humanities Literature and Music in the Renaissance and the Baroque
99
Explorers
107
Adventurers Scoundrels and Criminals
114
Famous Italian Universities
123
Outstanding Libraries and Museums
127
Famous and Infamous Women
134
Mannerist and Baroque Sights
143
Artists of Mannerism the Baroque and Neoclassicism
150
Personalities of Italian Independence
157
The Savoy Dynasty
166
Mussolinis World
172
Prelude to and During World War II
181
Italy in the Postwar World
188
Modern Literary Giants
245
Unusual Tourist Sights
251
Disasters
259
Hidden Treasures and Oddities in Rome
267
Off the Beaten Path
274
Smaller Italian Islands
281
ItalianAmericans
289
Favorite Dishes
296
Notable Wines
301
Restaurants
305
Great Italian Chefs in the US
311
HighFashion Gurus
315
Soccer
320
Smaller States and Territorial Peculiarities
326
Help Im Going to Italy
333
Selected Bibliography
339
Index
343
About the Author
351
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Luciano Mangiafico was born in Italy and began his education there. He moved to the United States in 1956, and in 1970 joined the U.S. Foreign Service and worked abroad as a diplomat until his retirement. Among his foreign postings, he was U.S. consul in Milan (Italy) and consul general in Palermo (Italy). In 1985–86, while on sabbatical leave from the Department of State, Mangiafico wrote Contemporary American Immigrants: Patterns of Filipino, Korean, and Chinese Settlement in the United States. Mangiafico is bilingual and has taught Italian and Italian culture to adults. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

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