bel paese

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il bel paese‎ ― Italy

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Literally “fair, beautiful country”.


  • IPA(key): /ˌbɛl paˈe.ze/, [ˌbɛl päˈeːze]


il bel paese m

  1. (chiefly literary, sometimes capitalized) Italy
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, “XXIII”, in Divine Comedy, volume 1 (Inferno):
      del bel paese là dove ’l sì suona
      of the fair land there where the doth sound
    • 1374, Francesco Petrarca, “CXLVI”, in Il Canzoniere:
      il bel paese / ch’Appennin parte, e ’l mar circonda e l’Alpe
      that fair country / the Apennines divide, and Alps and sea surround

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