"GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ITALY" Italy by icunme
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THE ITALIANS - By Luigi Barzini
My Italian-born nephew believes this book is the most definitive re Italian life. He explains that it is not that others cannot describe Italy and her sons and daughters - it is more that people who are not Italian but like Italy and the Italians tend to define us through their own eyes, which is usually a somewhat romanticized and limited vision.
It is enough for Italy and the Italians that others like us so much that increasing numbers choose to make their home here. We find them leaving country and family behind - coming in increasing numbers from even the North Americas. First published in 1964, Barzini's "The Italians" is valid today and will likely apply tomorrow.
From the jacket cover: "His book touches on nearly every aspect of Italian life; it examines her many faces, landscapes, cities and peoples, it studies the Italians' habits, vices, virtues, hopes, failures and achievements, past, present and future. It also sets out to answer many highly complex questions........."
About Dr Barzini - from the jacket cover: "Besides being a Deputy (ideally placed to comment on Italian politics), he was one of the most distinguished modern journalists, travelled, cultivated and perceptive, and this volume is the result of a lifetime of reflection on his fellow-countrymen."
A portrait by an Italian who loves his country, recognizes its virtues and vices and conveys them candidly.
In Barzini's words: "I have tried to follow the technique of the honest portrait painter, who puts on canvas those traits which make the sitter the person he is, and not another. The sitter happesn to be my country, and I have felt at times like the man who does that most exacting of all things, the 'Portrait of the Artist's Mother.'"
Italy has more World Heritage Sites than any other country - 46, including two with shared boundries.
18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
Archaeological Area of Agrigento
Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
Castel del Monte
Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
City of Verona
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta 1
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli
Historic Centre of Florence
Historic Centre of Naples
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura * 2
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Historic Centre of Siena
Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
Historic Centre of Urbino
Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)
Mantua and Sabbioneta
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes *
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
Su Nuraxi di Barumini
Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
The Trulli of Alberobello
The Dolomites - shared boundry with Switzerland
The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera
Venice and its Lagoon
Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
Villa d'Este, Tivoli
Villa Romana del Casale
Shown on this map are the 20 regions of Italy - each Region is divided into Provinces - each Province is divided into Municipalities. The Italian regions are important in that many customs and cuisines are regional in Italy.
Shown on this map are the 20 Italian regions. Since customs and attitudes in Italy tend to be regional. even "Italian food" is basically made up of regional dishes.
You might like the wilderness in Italy's Abruzzo region, or the cheeses and wines of the Piemonte region, or the Italian Riviera.
Language - Italians are, by nature, helpful and engaging people. They naturally appreciate when a visitor makes any attempt to speak their language and will extend themselves to help you out. This has been true everywhere I have been in Italy - perhaps Milano a little less because the pace there is so much different from anywhere else and people don't have time - on the other hand, many more people seem to speak English fluently in Milano.
Here are a few basic phrases to help you get along:
*Buon giorno (bwon zhor-no) - Hello / Good morning/afternoon
*Buona sera (bwoh-nah seh-rah) - Good evening
*Scusi / Scusa (skoo-zee / skoo-zah) - Excuse me (formal / informal)
*Dove........ (Doh-vay) - Where is .........??
*Mi chiamo... (mee kee-ah-mo) - My name is...
*Come ti chiami? (koh-meh tee kee-ah-mee) - What's your name? (informal)
*Vorrei il conto per favore (Voh-rye ill kon-toh) - I'd lke the bill, please.
*Per favore / Per piacere (pehr fah-voh-reh / pehr pee-ah-cheh-reh) - Please
*Quanto costa? (quan-to cos-tah) - How much is it?
*Sì / No (see / noh) - Yes / No
*Dove sono i babinetti? (doh-vay so-no ee bah-be-nay-tee?) Where is the toilette? (signs are written t-o-i-l-e-t-t-e in Rome).
Ho fame (ho fah-may) I'm hungry.
Ho sete (ho say-tay) I'm thirsty.
Mi sono perso (Me so-no pehr-so) I'm lost.
On-line Italian/English/French Dictionary
On-line search for: Museums by City
Electrical, adapters, etc. This site will tell you what you must have for whatever you want to bring with you:Electrical
On national holidays you may find information offices closed, museums open for shorter hours and public transport running a limited service. Be forewarned by checking the dates of your vacation against the list below.
(Note that Easter Monday is a mobile feast-day, and changes every year, while all the other holidays keep to the same date.)
January 1: New Year's Day**
January 6: Epiphany
April 17: Easter Monday (in 2006)
April 25: Liberation Day
May 1: Labor Day**
June 2: Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic
August 15: Feast of the Assumption (also known as Ferragosto)
November 1: All Saints
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25: Christmas Day**
December 26: St. Stephen's Day (Boxing Day)
(The dates marked ** are particularly difficult: practically all museums and monuments are shut and many restaurants too.)
As well as the above national holidays, each town celebrates the feast-day of its patron saint, which differs from town to town.
Dates for the major cities are as follows:
Rome: June 29 (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
Florence: June 24 (Feast of St. John the Baptist)
Venice: April 25 (Feast of St. Mark - but also Liberation Day and a holiday anyway)
Naples: September 19 (San Gennaro)
A LINK TO ROAD SIGNS FOR DRIVERS:
Road signs in Italy
It is generally agreed that Italy has an abundance of artistic talent and this seems to be engrained in our culture. This talent for creative art seems to know no bounds. If you do not already know about this gentleman, it is well worth a read. These two photos just didn't do Livio justice; so, we decided to devote a travelogue to Livio and his creations.
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