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The Medici Family

Here you find information and history about the Medici family, the world famous Italian noble family that had a great power in Florence, Italy from the 15th to the 18th century. Who were the Medici? The Medici family, also known as the House of Medici, was the Italian family that ruled Florence, and later Tuscany,…

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Some Limoncellos by Larry Miller

The True Story of the Italian Liqueur Limoncello

Limoncello is the Italian word referring to an intensely lemon-flavored liqueur most famously associated with and produced in Sorrento, the Amalfi coast, and the island of Capri, but also very popular throughout all of Italy. Limoncello is made ​​from lemon zest (strictly non-treated), water, alcohol, and sugar. It is a beverage usually consumed after meals,…

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The Dance of the Black Death in a medieval allegory

The Black Death

In his last novel Inferno, Dan Brown decided to tackle the theme of global overpopulation, referring also to the Black Death (Peste Nera) of 1348, which killed a third of Europe’s population.
As in all his books, however, he prefers to ask questions of his readers rather than give them solutions.

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