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The week of November 24 – 30

The week of November 24 – 30


Italian celebrities – The foreign press placed several internationally renowned Italians on the front burner this week. The Guardian wrote about Elena Ferrante, revealing that the author who hides behind this “nom de plume” is working on a new novel (November 29 - Elena Ferrante is writing again, publisher says), whilst Lebanon’s L'Orient le Jour reviewed “La musica del silenzio”, a full-length film about Andrea Bocelli’s life and voice (November 30 - Écouter Andrea Bocelli sur platine plutôt que le voir sur pellicule...). However, it was Marco Zanini, the fashion designer from Milan, who interested the New York Times Style Magazine, describing how he combines “south European aesthetics with Scandinavian minimalism” (November 28 - A Designer Inspired by Italy — and Scandinavia*).

Food & Wine – Much was written on this subject too. The Financial Times focused on the role women play in the world of wine-making, in an exploratory piece that also encompassed those based in Friuli Venezia Giulia and in particular, Federica Magrini the woman who runs the Vignai da Duline (November 27 - Portfolio: female winemakers gain prominence*). On the other hand, El Mundo chose to write about how the great “super Tuscan” wines, like Sassicaia and Solaia, are born (November 27 - El nacimiento de los supertoscanos).

The New York Times featured one particular Italian food item this week in an article, that described the near obsession that American bakers have with regards to panettone, a cake that is becoming decidedly trendy right across the United States (November 28 - Panettone Has Become an Obsession for American Bakers*). The same paper provided readers with several recipes for “involtini” (November 24 - Traditional Italian Flavors, in a Bundle) whilst the paper’s website posted a video about the “Latteria Sociale del Fornacione” a dairy in the Apennine hills Reggiano district that produces Parmigiano Reggiano (November 27 - Where It’s Made: Parmesan Cheese*).

The olive harvest in Tuscania, in the province of Latina, caught the eye in an article this week (Le Monde, November 30 - L’amante du Latium*), but it was Tuscany’s very traditional “ribollita” that featured in Der Standard (November 28 - Toskanischer Gemüseeintopf, der das Herz erwärmt).

Tourism – It was the number of visitors at the 57th edition of Venice’s Biennale Arte that caught the attention of the Washington Post (November 26 - A record number of visitors attend Venice Biennale art show*), but the paper had wanted to suggest readers might want to consider a different kind of holiday – retracing Italy’s famous Giro d’Italia bicycle race (November 22 - At the Giro d’Italia — the Tour of Italy — cycling back to joyfulness*). Readers of the New York Times however, were treated to a review of the Palazzo Cinquecento, a hotel that is a veritable oasis of peace in Rome’s busy city center (November 25 - In Busy Rome, a Hotel That’s an Oasis*).

Auto news – Italian cars also featured this week with the New York Times writing about the return of Alfa Romeo to the Formula 1 circuit (November 26 - Alfa Romeo Back in F1 With Sauber After More Than 30 Years). The Wall Street Journal wrote about the emotions that only a Ferrari 360 Challenge can provide (November 28 - A Ferrari Built for Nothing but Racing*) whilst the less flashy Fiat Tipo was focused in a review that described the “harmonious and well-balanced lines” produced by the Centro Stile Fiat’s design team (on Morocco’s Le Matin, November 28 - La Tipo quatre portes à partir de 144.900 DH).


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