ITALIANISSIMO: THE QUINTESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WHAT ITALIANS DO BEST

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Publication Date: 
September 1, 2008
Format: 
Hardcover
Trim Size: 
5.8in. x 5.6in. x 0.8in.
ISBN: 
9781892145543
About This Item: 
This quirky guide to the Italian way of life, with its fifty witty mini-essays on iconic Italian subjects, will answer that question as well as entertain and delight both real and armchair travelers. Topics range from expressive hand gestures to patron saints, pasta, parmesan, shoes, opera, the Vespa, the Fiat 500, gelato, gondolas, and more. History, folklore, superstitions, traditions, and customs are tossed in a delicious sauce that also includes a wealth of factual information for the sophisticated traveler: - why lines, as we know them, are nonexistent in Italy- why a string of coral beads is often seen around a baby's wrist- what the unlucky number of Italy is it's not thirteen, unless seating guests at a table, when it IS thirteen-taking into account the outcome of the Last Supper- why red underwear begins to appear in shops as the New Year approaches In addition to the lyrical and poetic, Italianissimo provides useful and indispensable information for the traveler
$19.95
Binding: 
Hardcover

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