Audrey Hepburn in Rome, a selection of vintage photos from Fratelli Alinari

The actress Audrey Hepburn walking in the Piazza di Spagna with a bouquet of flowers in her hand.

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The actress Audrey Hepburn walking in the Piazza di Spagna with a bouquet of flowers in her hand.

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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Photographer:

Team

Image date:

1960 – 1970

Place of photography

Rome, piazza di Spagna

Personaggio:

Hepburn Audrey

Collection:

Team/Alinari

A smiling Audrey Hepburn walking on a street in Rome at night.

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A smiling Audrey Hepburn walking on a street in Rome at night.

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Archivi Alinari, Firenze

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Team

Image date:

1960 – 1970

Place of photography

Rome

Personaggio:

Hepburn Audrey

Journalists and paparazzi at Ciampino airport for the arrival of Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer

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Journalists and paparazzi at Ciampino airport for the arrival of Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

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Photographer:

Luce, Istituto Nazionale

Image date:

1960 ca.

Place of photography

Ciampino

Personaggio:

Hepburn Audrey, Ferrer Mel

Collection:

Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

Audrey Hepburn arriving at Ciampino airport with Mel Ferrer

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Audrey Hepburn arriving at Ciampino airport with Mel Ferrer

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

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Photographer:

Luce, Istituto Nazionale

Image date:

1959

Place of photography

Ciampino

Personaggio:

Hepburn Audrey

Collection:

Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

Audrey Hepburn during a photo shoot at Trinità dei Monti

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Audrey Hepburn during a photo shoot at Trinità dei Monti

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

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Luce, Istituto Nazionale

Image date:

1959

Place of photography

Rome, Trinità dei Monti

Collection:

Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

Audrey Hepburn buying postcards

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Audrey Hepburn buying postcards

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

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Luce, Istituto Nazionale

Image date:

1959

Place of photography

Rome

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

Audrey Hepburn arriving at Leonardo da Vinci airport of Fiumicino, Rome

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Audrey Hepburn arriving at Leonardo da Vinci airport of Fiumicino, Rome

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

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Photographer:

Luce, Istituto Nazionale

Image date:

1960 ca.

Place of photography

Rome, Fiumicino

 

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

Audrey Hepburn meeting journalists upon her arrival to Fiumicino airport

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Audrey Hepburn meeting journalists upon her arrival to Fiumicino airport

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Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

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Photographer:

Luce, Istituto Nazionale

Image date:

1960 ca.

Place of photography

Rome, Fiumicino

Collection:

Luce Institute/Alinari Archive Management, Florence

 

 

 

 

Badiani Gelateria, Firenze & the invention of my favorite flavor: Buontalenti

Is it a surprise to you that Italians invented ice cream? Not me!

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Made only of: Cream Milk Sugar Eggs

At the end of the 1960s, a contest was announced to commemorate the Florentine architect Bernardo Buontalenti, who is known to have invented the ice cream known as “gelato.”
Gelateria Badiani won a prize with a simple yet unique flavor, indeed called Buontalenti. Since then, this special cream based flavor has conquered the palate of Florentines and all good gelato lovers.
Despite many imitation attempts, Badiani’s gelateria is the only home of the real Buontalenti. And, it is still the most sought after flavor.

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History of gelato and Buontalenti

It’s been said that the first to make true gelato, creamy and frozen as we know it today were the Florentines in 15th century.
It allegedly happened like this: during the mid 1500s, Cosimo I de’ Medici, elegant Lord of Tuscany, designated Bernardo Buontalenti to organize special festivities. The Lord intended to astonish a delegation of the King of Spain for political reasons, to support of Cosimo’s intention to incorporate Siena in the dukedom.
Bernardo Buontalenti, architect and creative figure, directed shows and fireworks and set up a program of festivities like no one ever before. He arranged sumptuous banquets, at the end of which he served a frozen cream to which he had added a very precious spice that was coming from the newly discovered Americas: sugar.

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The Spanish delegation was enthusiastic with great satisfaction of the Grand Duke, who had to hire a number of cooks who could continuously prepare gelato.
However, it was thanks to Caterina de’ Medici, then Queen of France, that gelato spread across Europe beginning during the second half of the century. Since then the Queen summoned Florentine pastry chefs who had learned that art and she always served gelato to her guests, kings and diplomats, who then returned to their homelands with the recipe.

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And, just for fun, here’s a vintage photo showing the ever popular combination of children and gelato, especially in Florence!

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Looking for a light-hearted movie set in drop-dead beautiful Italy?

That was exactly my goal recently, longing to go back, even just for a couple of hours, to a simpler time when better men were President of the USA and the world seemed full of possibilities.

That’s a lot to ask of a film, but I found one when I stumbled upon It Started in Naples. Starring Clark Gable and Sophia Loren, and set in gorgeous southern Italy, what could be better?

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Gable is perfect for his role in the movie and Loren is, well, Loren.  Thanks to the advancement of women that has happened in the past 60 years, the silly woman Loren plays is a thing of the past.  I must admit I cringed a few times with the actions and words required for her part.

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I am able to overlook those weaknesses for the chance to travel, vicariously, to Naples and environs.  The child actor steals the show, as does the scenery.

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