My daughter Pianola is heading off for several weeks in Firenze (Florence, to you) at the end of the month, and the Ukulele Lady is wanting to present her with some cultural artifacts to whet her appetite for the coming Euro-debauch.
While I do eat a lot of spaghetti, I’m not really a connoisseur of Italian film or music. (When I want opera, I reach for Mozart or Wagner.) We’re getting DVDs of La Dolce Vita and Three Coins in the Fountain, because those are the first things everyone thinks of when they think about Italy-set flicks. Yeah, I know, they’re set in Rome.
I was thinking about The Bicycle Thief and the recently restored The Leopard, but they’re not about Florence, either.
Any Florence-fanciers out there, I would LOVE to hear about any geographically appropriate novels, movies, music (classical or popular) that would intrigue and entertain a fifteen-year-old, extremely intelligent (think Lex Luthor or Doctor Doom) girl.