Through the centuries there have been many genocides, at every corner of the planet. The holocaust is one of them, possibly the most ferocious and deliberated one.
I don't usually post about politics, unless I feel it is necessary to voice my point of view. This is one of those occasions I feel there is a need to share what I feel about the present "Crisi di Governo", which is ongoing in Italy these days.
If you want to reach the highest tips of the Alps you must go to Italy (although the location of the highest cliff of Mount Blanc is still an open controversy between Italy and France): Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and the Pink Mount are all in Italy, (although they are accessible also from France and Swizterland)
The reason why the Dante's Inferno is so successful is the ability of the author to depict in such an imaginative way the punishements that await the sinful people in hell, in such a way to impact, still today, on the collective imagination of us all. There is no representation of heall, in the arts, in movies or theatre shows which doesn't make reference to Dante's Inferno
Lentils are a symbol to the Italians. Legend has it that if you eat lentils on New Year's Eve, at midnight, the next year will be happier, you will be lucky and you will get more money than the previous year.
These three items must be included in each of our Christmas-time meal because Christmas has a specific taste to us which is that of Pandoro, Panettone and Tangerines.
You can actually make risotto with any ingredient you like: cheese, wine, sausage, vegetables, mushrooms and so on. There is basically no food wich cannot be used for making a good risotto, which is is pretty good because all of us are allowed to make our own special risotto regardless if we are omnivore, vegetarian or vegan: risotto is for everyone.