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The Medici villa of Poggio a Caiano

The Medici villa of Poggio a Caiano was commissioned by Lorenzo dei Medici (”The Magnificent”) from the architect Giuliano Sangallo. Its construction began in 1485 and the building was finished in the 1520’s or so. It was a Medici favourite on account of the “good air” that is to be had there.Both the interior and exterior of the building can be visited. As you approach the villa from the road, you get a gr ...

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Life Lessons in the Italian Supermarket

I was shopping in the Supermarket yesterday when something strange happened to me. Perhaps I should preface the story by saying that I come from California- a land of freedom where grocery store ethics are almost nil. That said, I was browsing the fruit section on a Thursday night shopping trip. I was shopping for myself and thus - trying to pick the best and smallest grape bunch from an assortment of monst ...

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