Italy

7:25am

Fri April 19, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Trees On Top Of Skyscrapers? Yes! Yes, Say I. No! No, Says Tim

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 7:35 am

Boeri Studio

This isn't finished. But it will be. Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan, Italy, near the Porta Garibaldi railroad station. (The image is not a photograph, but an architect's rendering. The towers are built and the trees are going in right now.) I love this. I think these towers are gorgeous. Milan is a very polluted town; these trees will cleanse the air, pumping out oxygen and greening the cityscape.

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11:16am

Tue April 16, 2013
The Salt

Italy's Financial Crisis Means More (Bread) Dough At Home

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:54 am

A young baker at the Roscioli bakery in Rome prepares bread.
Amy Guttman for NPR

Processed food packed with salt, fat and sugar has been making incursions into the traditional diets of countries around the world. Even Italy isn't immune to the reach of junk food. But hard economic times are spurring Italians to rediscover home cooking, and especially bread making.

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3:42am

Sun March 31, 2013
The Salt

Italy's Chocolate Easter Eggs: Big, Bold And Full Of Bling

In 2012, an Italian chocolatier presented Benedict XVI, now pope emeritus, with a 6.5-foot-tall chocolate Easter egg weighing some 550 pounds.
L'Osservatore Romano AP

In Italy, there are no Easter egg hunts, no marshmallow Peeps and definitely no jelly beans.

Instead, there are chocolate eggs — massive, elaborately decorated, beautifully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs that now fill shop windows across the country. The sweet treats are considered Italians' food gift of choice at this time of year. And each one comes with a surprise tucked inside.

"You want something that really gives a big effect," says Rome-based food writer Elizabeth Minchilli.

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1:42pm

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

In Ritual, Pope Francis Washes The Feet Of Young Inmates, Women

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:47 pm

Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre during the mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday in Rome.
L'Osservatore Romano Getty Images

During a Holy Thursday ritual, Pope Francis continued to break the traditions at the Vatican.

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 young people at a youth prison. Among them were two women and two Muslims. The act was a break with tradition. As The Guardian reports, all modern popes have partaken in the ritual by washing the feet of fellow priests at either St Peter's or the Basilica of St John in Lateran.

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11:50am

Thu March 28, 2013
Found Recipes

Tuscan Pie A Sweet Springtime Take On Spinach

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:55 am

Tuscany's sweet spinach pie is a dish that's often associated with Easter and spring.
Courtesy of Pinella Orgiana

Easter brings with it many predictable foods: chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, ham, and hard-boiled eggs. But some Italians use the season to feature a surprisingly sweet vegetable dish on their tables.

It's called torta co'bischeri agli spinaci. Francine Segan calls it "Tuscany's sweet spinach pie." Segan is a food historian and author of Dolci: Italy's Sweets. She shared a recipe for the pie for All Things Considered's Found Recipe series.

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