2012 has ended and 2013 is well on its way. New Year’s resolutions are new and not yet broken and most of us are still retrospective about last year’s gains and losses; a perfect time to think about what we might have included in a time capsule for duemiladodici.

Time capsules have been around since the 7th century BC.  Oglethorpe University in Atlanta Georgia, home of the International Time Capsule Society (ITCS), believes that leaving objects buried for future generations is a “valuable reminder” of the significant highlights of our history and gives us a voice into the future. For the 1939 World’s Fair, Westinghouse Electric created a time capsule that included a Mickey Mouse Cup, toothbrush, slide rule, eyeglasses, can opener, safety pin, the Sears Roebuck Catalog and Holy Bible. The 1964 World’s Fair Time Capsule gave historical importance to contact lenses, a transistor radio, birth control bills, a Beatles record, bikini and a credit card.

This got me thinking about what I would include in an Italian time capsule and here is what I came up with.  Although I haven’t kept my choices within one calendar year I think that’s fine because when thinking about what to stash as a present for the future, anything from Italy remains eternal.

What would you include in an Italian time capsule?

Seeing and Savoring Italy’s Time Capsule

  • Copy of a Renaissance painting
  • Copy of a page from Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus
  • Italian cashmere sweater
  • Recording of Nessun dorma by Luciano Pavarotti
  • A Venetian Carnevale mask
  • Bialetti Moka pot
  • Florentine leather bound journal
  • Murano glass
  • Tuscan terracotta
  • Italian presepe
  • An Italian designer handbag
  • Recipe for an authentic Neapolitan pizza    


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