The ALBERGO DIFFUSO “Scattered Hospitality” is a concept in Italy and Europe, tracing back to the idea of using restored houses for tourism with the funds allotted after the earthquake in the Friuli region (1976). This hospitality model was developed by tourism marketing professor Giancarlo Dall’Ara. It was then formally acknowledged in Sardinia with a specific regulation in 1998.
The continuous expansion of “albergo diffuso” is due to the growing concern about sustainability and respect for the environment in the travel industry.
The natural location of an “albergo diffuso” can be found in little historical towns or countryside and mountain villages. This BBC news report talks about reviving Italy’s ghost towns with this form of unusual hotel.
If you are interested in this type of accommodation, please visit the website
‘Arancini’ enters the Oxford English Dictionary
Arancini have definitively conquered the U.K. The word that describes the fried rice balls typical of Sicilian cuisine has just entered the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary, or the ‘bible’ of the English language.
Part of the 2019 revision, which has seen the addition of 650 words to the dictionary published by Oxford University Press, arancini are defined as “rice balls” with “a savoury filling, covered with breadcrumbs and fried”.
The most common fillings for arancini include ragù meat sauce and tomato sauce, provola cheese and peas, mozzarella and prosciutto (ham), ‘norma-style’ (with aubergines), although lately there are many more creative variations to cater to a variety of preferences, such as with swordfish, or pistachio, as well as many vegetarian options.
“C’era una volta in America” exhibition. Ara Pacis Museum, Rome – Until 3rd May 2020
Rome pays tribute to the celebrated Italian film director, producer and screenwriter Sergio Leone (1929-1989) with C’era una volta in America, an exhibition at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.
Known primarily for popularising the Spaghetti Western genre with films such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone is also credited with influencing a new generation of directors, notably Quentin Tarantino.
Organised by the Cineteca di Bologna, produced and curated in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française and the Istituto Luce Cinecittà, the multisensory exhibition offers insights into Leone’s cult films as well as his personal and professional life. For exhibition details see the Ara Pacis website http://www.arapacis.it/en/node/1005903
BOOK OF THE MONTH – A BRIEF HISTORY of ITALY by Jeremy Black
ART OF THE MONTH
MONOPLANO JONATHAN by Tullio Crali
This Futurist painter of speed and flight had his heyday in Mussolini’s Italy.There is an exhibition of his work from 15 January to 11 April at the Estorick in London.
Featuring rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980s, this exhilarating show covers every phase of the artist’s remarkable career.
Also featured are a large number of Crali’s famous Sassintesi: enigmatic compositions of stone and rock, ‘sculpted’ by natural forces.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
BISCOTTI A CUORE BICOLORE
These two-tone biscuits are a romantic idea for SAN VALENTINO or for a special occasion. See the full recipe on our website.
SONG OF THE MONTH
On Saturday 8th February the final evening of the 70th “Festival di Sanremo”, the Italian song festival, took place. The winner this year is DIODATO with the song “FAI RUMORE”.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
15.02 Watch ‘La Dolce Vita’ at No6 Cinema
21.02 Monthly talk – Verrecchia Ice Cream – A family story – Presented by Dino Verrecchia (details to follow)