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San Rocco and the Black Death

San Rocco and the Black Death

article by Frank Viviano

The church of San Rocco represented an important centre point for local worship, even though it stands just outside the town walls, on the other side of Rio Fontanamaggio, in the area which is usually called “Barga nuova”. Prior to the 14th century there were two chapels dedicated to the saint, but the present church was started in 1631 […]

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Food in the poetry and prose of Giovanni Pascoli

Food in the poetry and prose of Giovanni Pascoli

food is the exhibition’s organising principle, just as it is in the contadino world: the fulcrum of rural seasons, the essential link between the peasant and the land.

An Exhibition by Angelo Pellegrini – La Chiesa del Santissmo Crocifisso, Barga Vecchia July 12-August 31, 2014 For more than half a century, Angelo Pellegrini has been wandering the Apuan ridges and Apennine meadows of the Garfagnana. Along the mountain roads and trails, he took thousands of striking, often poetic photographs, both in color and […]

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The Invasion of Paris, Then and Now

The Invasion of Paris, Then and Now

PARIS — Viewed from the airless heights where statisticians crunch numbers, the story of the woman I’ll call Lilly Tan is simple. She is an immigrant in France, a single digit among millions for the statisticians, a warning flag to wave at rallies for the xenophobic political parties that grow ever stronger in Europe and […]

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Braided in Fire: Buffalo Soldiers and Tuscan Villagers in WWII

SPIKE LEE WILL INTRODUCE THE ROLE OF ITALIAN PARTISANS TO MANY – After seeing Miracle at St. Anna the other night, an English woman in my company asked a logical question: “What happened to the real partisan who caused the Germans to kill all those people?” She knew it was a fictionalized story, but like […]