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Tosca ~ Giacomo Puccini. Italy had long been divided into a number of small states, with the Pope in Rome ruling the Papal States in the area of central Italy. Following the French Revolution, a French army under Napoleon invaded Italy in 1796, entering Rome almost unopposed on 11 February 1798 and establishing a republic there. This republic was ruled by seven consuls; in the opera this is the former office of Angelotti, whose character may be based on the real-life consul Libero Angelucci.
When I see Columbus Tower I immediately know I'm in my favorite San Francisco neighborhood North Beach (essentially SF's little italy). Tons of awesome cafe's and restaurants, gaudy strip shows and beautiful buildings (coit tower anyone?). Plus it's right next to another favorite place of mine Chinatown.
North Beach, rich in Italian heritage, includes cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, inns, restaurants, bakeries and delicatessens -- a perfect spot for cappuccino and espresso. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill is blessed with marvelous views and famed Diego Rivera murals on the ground floor.