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Do as the Romans do. I always thought that meant something scintillating, but all it really means is: It is polite, and possibly also advantageous, to abide by the customs of a society when one is a visitor. Oh well.
Today’s map study is the beautiful country of Italy! When I think of this place, my first thoughts are always about food. Italian plays a part in my heritage so I can tell you that there is nothing like a homemade pasta sauce with fresh herbs and spices. There is an art to perfect marinara. It cooks slowly all day long. The smells that fill the house are insanely taunting. Turns out that I have Celiac disease and all of that pasta I grew up with was tormenting my insides. 5 years ago I switched to Gluten Free fare and get to still enjoy those delicious tastes!
Some fun facts about Italy:
* Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles (including Sicily and Sardinia), which is slightly larger than Arizona.
* Italy is one of the most crowded nations in Europe.a Its population is estimated to reach 58,126,212 by July 2009. The population of United States is estimated to reach 307,212,123 by that same date.
* Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.
* In 2007, a dog named Rocco discovered a truffle in Tuscany that weighed 3.3 pounds. It sold at auction for $333,000 (USD), a world record for a truffle.
* When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage.
* Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta. No one knows when the pizza was invented, but the people of Naples made it popular.
*Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic Swiss Guard.
*Over 50 million tourists a year visit Italy. Tourism is vital to Italy’s economy and provides nearly 63% of Italy’s national income.
Reblogged this on B.E.S.T. Arts Gallery and commented:
When In Rome??……………………………………………………… #Italy #italianfood #italia
Gabriela LeBaron said:
I love the maps that you’ve been making! Makes me want to do the same:-)
Thanks Gabriela…maps are fun. Abstract art is fun. But most people have trouble with abstract because they do not understand it. Maps are something everyone can identify with. This is a way to get people exposed to my abstract art in a “safe” way. 🙂
This just might be one of my favorites of your map series. Beautiful flow of color and full of energy! Great post too!
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Roam is on my bucket list ~ let’s go see Giada for a cappuccino!
“Roam”………………yes that is what you do……you roam the planet. 😉 I would love to meet Giada!
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Bene Bene Molto Bene!
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Sherri Of Palm Springs said:
when in Rome in Rome do as the Romans do…I have used that expression many times in my life…its a great statement under the right circumstances ..your writing are always cool and this one is no different..awesome writer. Sharon..love your image ..
Thanks so much Sherri….I appreciate you stopping by and your reblog. 🙂
Sherri Of Palm Springs said:
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Good and interesting writing and a lovely pieces of art Sharong
Beautiful work Sharon.
On Rome: Definitely a must go to destination if you have not been there yet.
I spent a week there in ’06. Would love to return some day.
I’d love to be in Rome about now….stuck in a godforsaken place in the sticks of Georgia…lol