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From Sardinia To The Sangre De Cristo Mountains: How Travel Influenced The Writings of D.H. Lawrence

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Literary Traveler: “Comes over one an absolute necessity to move.” If one quotation could sum up a person’s life, this opening line from the travelogue Sea and Sardinia may best epitomize one of the most scandalous and autobiographical writers of the 20th century: D.H. Lawrence. From the first time he left England in 1912 to his untimely death in France in …

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“Genius Loci” in Santa Croce complex, Florence, Sept. 20-22

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The Florentine: Let the spirit of Santa Croce sink in over this three-day event hosted by Controradio. “Genius Loci” refers to the soul of a place—and what place has a more distinct one than the Temple of Italian Glories? Organized in two marathon sessions (6pm-midnight September 20 and 21) and one shorter spurt (6-7.30am September 22), the event explores the …

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10 untranslatable Italian phases we need in English

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Matador: EVERY LANGUAGE has phrases or words that can stump a local when translating to an outsider. Italian has many untranslatable terms that are woven into not only the language but culture, too. If learning Italian, it’s important to know how to use “Mamma mia!” without automatically saying “here we go again” and fill your plate at an “apericena” buffet. Here …

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In Florence, Finding the Legacy of One of Literature’s Great Couples

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New York Times: They were an unlikely couple: he a young writer, dashing and ambitious, she a highly lauded poet six years his senior, a middle-aged invalid whose father kept her housebound. But when Robert Browning sent Elizabeth Barrett a fan letter in January 1845 — “I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett,” he gushed — …

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Italy vs. the tourists

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People have been complaining about “the tourists” in Florence for at least a century, but crowds and their behaviour keep getting worse, not better. This year, city administrations are taking action. But is there any way to reverse the trend? November may be rainy here, but it’s a fast walker’s paradise. The streets, devoid of tourists, take back their medieval …

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36 Hours in Perugia, Italy

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New York Times: Despite its proximity to the epicenter of last year’s earthquakes in Italy (Perugia suffered no significant damage) and some bad publicity after the Amanda Knox trial, Perugia remains one of the country’s most vibrant and underrated destinations. This is due, in no small part, to the energy of the early 14th-century University of Perugia, one of the oldest universities in Italy. …

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Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016: Reporting from the Front

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“For some years now we have been saying that the hallmark of our times is the mismatch between architecture and civil society,” says Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, the umbrella body that oversees the Biennale of Architecture, as well those of art, cinema, dance, music, and theater. “On the one hand, architecture seems preoccupied with producing …

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A Writer’s Headlong Immersion Into Italian

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Jhumpa Lahiri is one of literature’s linguistic nomads. Born in London to Indian immigrants, her first language was Bengali. She learned English while young (she was raised in Rhode Island) and in it has written four authoritative works of fiction, including “Interpreter of Maladies” (1999), for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.“In Other Words” is Ms. Lahiri’s first nonfiction book. …

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Where to Go in Florence

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Abutting Florence’s main train station, San Lorenzo is a maze of mostly dingy streets that locals typically avoided, especially after dark. But since the district’s historic Mercato Centrale opened its gorgeous upper floor — a gleaming space filled with vendors of Tuscany’s finest artisanal foodstuffs — in 2014, the entire neighborhood has been looking better. By day, the streets surrounding …

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Want to spoil your semester in Florence? Here’s how

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You’ve weighed the pros and cons and have finally decided to take the plunge: you’re going to study abroad in Florence! The birthplace of the Renaissance. The former stomping grounds of the Supreme Poet himself, Dante Alighieri. A longstanding style capital filled with flagship stores and sartorial hotspots. The hometown of gelato, bistecca fiorentina and tons of famously fresh Tuscan …

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In Tuscany, Following the Rise and Fall of Machiavelli

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The medieval hamlet of Sant’Andrea in Percussina sits in the Tuscan hills amid rose-covered stone farmhouses and small country chapels surrounded by acres of silver-green olive groves. Farmers drive Apes, the tiny three-wheeled farm vehicles favored by pensioners here, piled high with fruit and vegetables from their land, while the scent of grapes fermenting for local Chianti wine, one of …