(Photo courtesy of Irene Kung)
We have come a long way this year! Somehow this stunning photo of Capri by Irene Kung that we featured in an article about her exhibit in Capri captures the essence of the beauty to be found in Italy.
I want to thank all of our readers for their support, and for following along with us as we explore Italy together. I also want to thank the many contributors of content for our articles. This type of vibrant community of contributors and readers is what defines a great blog.
We plan to keep blogging right into 2013 with a new look, but our same approach where everyone can gather in our “virtual” piazza.
With more than 140 articles published so far, it was hard to choose just a few to highlight. The articles during this last year or so have been pretty diverse, but the arts, fashion, food and travel have tended to be the most popular topics this year.
One of our all-time most popular articles is the one that Matteo wrote about fashion.
(Photo contributed by Matteo Silvestri)
Just this month we published another great fashion article based on material contributed by Anna Bijoux for this article:
As regards the arts, we have published articles about museums, photo exhibits, classical music, and opera so far. For example, we published an interview in cooperation with the Teatro del Bicentenario that include an interview of the famous Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas.
(Copyright © 2012 Teatro del Bicentenario / Fotógrafo: Arturo Lavin).
Our friend Jennifer contributed a beautiful article about the carnival in Venice
(Photo contributed by Jennifer)
And..more recently one of our tumblr followers Simona Sacchi contributed an article about her wonderful designs:
(Photo courtesy of Simona Sacchi)
Some of our contributors have already been highlighted in bold above, but here are some additional contributors that we also want to thank:
American Cinematique for their excellent material about the Italian film festival in this article: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/35726397303/cinema-italian-style-2012-nov-13-to-18th
Antonella Bazzoli, an italian friend of mine that has a very interesting web site. I have translated several of her articles and written about them on the blog. The latest one was about Romanesque reliefs in Spoleto: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/37196509528/picturesque-spoleto-vestiges-of-many-eras
Associazione Culturale “Luigi Vanvitelli” provided the lovely photo and interesting material about the Royal Palace in Caserta: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/36363428632/royal-palace-in-southern-italy-rivals-versailles
Associazione Lucchesi nel Mondo provided information about the international organization dedicated to Puccini’s music for this article: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/19294460482/puccinis-international-influence
David Gentilcore for his generosity in contributing material from his book about the history of the tomato in Italy in this article
Elisa Giampietro for the material about her interesting products, including the lovely ceramic woodstoves she makes in Castellamonte: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/20530974047/italian-ceramic-products-following-the-italian
Enrico Caruso Museum of America We just published this month an article about the historic meeting of the Caruso families from Italy and America at the museum’s event: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/tagged/carusofamily
Gennaro Nasti, the skilled pizzaiolo who won a prize in Naples: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/27125528512/pizzaiuoli-neopolitan-style-pizza-in-the-us
Grazia Doronzio, the Italian prodigy who so graciously granted me an exclusive interview: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/28668493745/interview-with-italian-opera-prodigy-grazia-doronzio
Italyguides who provided us a lot of rich material about traveling in Italy for several of our articles, including the one I did on Trastevere in Rome: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/23109362691/trastevere-district-in-rome
Jackie Nguyen Her heart-felt article about her experience of Christmas Eve in Southern Italy was documented in this article: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/14771758572/my-first-christmas-eve-in-southern-italy
Marco Orea for contributing the photos and information for the article about the salon in Milan: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/19478759431/a-day-like-an-italian-model
Porcellane Principe for contributing the stunning photos and descriptions of their porcelain products: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/26911930671/fine-italian-porcelain-from-vicenza
Portland Baroque Orchestra for the excellent and enlightening program notes on Italian baroque music for articles about their perforamances, such as this one: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/33910888187/monteverdi-1610-vespers-concert
Portland Opera for their collaboration on a series of articles about the production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/17219703373/madama-butterfly-inescapably-gripping
Riccardo Astolfi at Comunità del Cibo Pasta Madre. I have translated a number of his recipes and musings about making home-made bread.
For example this article about use fresh flowers on bread: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/18913715466/anticipation-of-spring-fresh-flowers-to-complement
Salone del Mobile for sharing their information and photos about the international furniture show in Milan: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/21090596928/international-furniture-show-in-milan
Seattle Opera for their collaboration on a series of articles about the production of Turandot: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/27611530529/turandot-puccinis-powerful-tale-of-love-that
Sicilia in Bocca restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Wonderful food and great concept: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/26198421986/southern-italian-cuisine-in-the-heart-of-mexico
Slow Food International for all of the rich information about this exciting movement, including the event in Turin this fall: http://blog.madeinitalymall.com/post/25189731295/coming-this-fall-salone-del-gusto-and-terra-madre
I would also like to acknowledge the assistance of our friend Enzo with our articles about topics related to cooking.
Well..that’s all for this year. Happy New Year and see you on our blog next year…
Vi auguro un prosperoso anno nuovo!