Lockdown Around the Globe: Italy

Ladies and gentlemen, a warm welcome onboard Lockdown 2.0 from Commerce International Society! We ask that you come with us as we explore the world through entertainment, music and food to ensure an enjoyable quarantine journey. We also ask for your positivity and patience as we take-off. Please turn on all devices, including laptops, kindles and cell phones and sit back and relax.

Thank you for choosing Commerce International Society. Enjoy!

📍Italy 🇮🇹


The Devil’s Violinist (2013)

“19th Century violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini incurs the wrath of his diabolical manager while preparing for his debut performance in London, and falling for the daughter of an English impresario.” – IMD

Podcasts 🎧

Music 🎶

“Måneskin are an Italian rock band originally from Rome and composed of Damiano David (vocals), Victoria De Angelis (bass), Thomas Raggi (guitar) and Ethan Torchio (drums)…

Their climb to success begins in 2017 with the participation in the eleventh edition of the well-known talent show X Factor. They did not win, they got second place, but that’s enough for moral triumph and a boom in popularity.

In December 2017, they published the Chosen EP, which collects the fruits of their X Factor path and launches them on the record market. In October 2018, it was the turn of their debut album, Il ballo della vita.

In March 2021 the group participated in the Festival di Sanremo by presenting the song “ZITTI E BUONI”, with which they won the festival. A few weeks later, they released their second album, Teatro D’ira – Vol.I . In May of the same year, by virtue of the victory in Sanremo, the group represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2021 with the song “ZITTI E BUONI”, winning the competition 31 years after the last Italian success.” – Genius

Books 📖

Purgatory by Dante Alighieri (1472)

Dante’s conception of Purgatory is remarkably like a wilderness boot camp. Its terrain is forbidding—more like an alp than like a Tuscan hillside. Each of the rugged terraces is a setting for group therapy, where supernatural counsellors dispense tough love. Their charges are sinners, yet not incorrigibles: they all embraced Jesus as their savior. But, before dying, they harmed others and themselves, so their spirits need reëducation. They will graduate to the Earthly Paradise, and eventually to Heaven, after however much time it takes them to transcend their mortal failings by owning them.” – Judith Thurman, Newyorker

Recipes 👩‍🍳

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