Salute to Naples’ pie-sans

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Naples, Italy, of­ten in head­lines for Mafia vi­o­lence, is cel­e­brat­ing in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of its tastier side.

UNESCO on Thurs­day added the art of the Neapoli­tan pizza maker, or “piz­za­iuolo,” to its list of “in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural heritage of hu­man­ity.” Neapoli­tan pizza mak­ing was one of 33 tra­di­tional prac­tices from around the world that were added to the UN cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tion’s list of “forms of ex­pres­sion” that are of im­por­tance to hu­man­ity.

Other win­ners this year were the rit­ual Kumbh Mela baths taken in In­dia, Bos­nian wood­carv­ing and the “Sega tam­bour” dance and song per­for­mances of Mau­ri­tius’ Rodrigues Is­land.

In Naples, pizza mak­ers cel­e­brated and planned to give away free pies at a mas­sive street party.

Italy is al­ready the coun­try with the most UNESCO world-heritage sites at 53, in­clud­ing the his­toric cen­ters of Rome and Naples.

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