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 (TM)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 (TM).
-Offers fascinating facts about Italy's cuisine, culture and history over the past 2,000 years.---Sons of Italy Book Club, Italian America Magazine--Sons of Italy Book Club-Italian America Magazine- (06/05/2008)
List of Illustrations; Introduction; The Italian Character; Ancient Figures in Greek Italy; Legendary Romans; Best and Worst Roman Emperors; Roman Literati; Ancient Monuments; Unsaintly Popes; Dante Alighieri; Medieval Rulers; Medieval Castles, Churches, and Palaces; Saints, Miracles, and Holy Legends; Renaissance Painters; Renaissance Sculptors and Architects; Renaissance Churches and Palaces; The Humanities, Literature, and Music in the Renaissance and the Baroque; Explorers; Adventurers, Scoundrels, and Criminals; Famous Italian Universities; Outstanding Libraries and Museums; Famous and Infamous Women; Mannerist and Baroque Sights; Artists of Mannerism, Baroque, and Neo-Classicism; Personalities of Italian Independence; The Savoy Dynasty; Mussolini's World; Prelude to World War II; Italy in the Post War World; Mafia!; Modern Composers; Best Popular Operas; Opera Singers and Composers; The Great Opera Houses; Modern Visual Arts and Architecture; Films, Directors, and Stars; Notable Scientists; Modern Literary Giants; Unusual Tourist Sights; Disasters; Hidden Treasures and Oddities in Rome; Off the Beaten Path; Smaller Italian Islands; Italian-Americans; Favorite Dishes; Notable Wines; Restaurants; Great Italian Chefs in the U.S.; High Fashion Gurus; Soccer; Smaller States and Other Territorial Peculiarities in Italy; Help! I'm Going to Italy; Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
Series: Most Wanted
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st November 2007
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.36