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john-robert-johnson's picture
Nov.24.2012
A few days ago we discovered that the treasurer and long-time associate of our erstwhile Prime Minister and world-famous playboy, Mr B, was held hostage last month by a group of gangsters from Puglia in Southeast Italy. The official (i.e. as approved by Mr B and his team of lawyers, currently...
linda-lappin's picture
Apr.17.2012
The ultimate artichoke recipe:  hearth-roasted artichokes From April till mid May comes the peak of  artichoke season in Rome, giving us one last glorious feast  of this noble vegetable with its bitter, pungent taste of spring, its budding promise of summer bloom  which we...
linda-lappin's picture
Jan.31.2012
  Bundled in a raincoat, a pork pie hat pulled low over my brow, I slosh along in my rubber boots on my way to a secret ceremony. Blurred lamplight shines on the slick black paving stones. The dark oaken shutters of the neighborhood greengrocer are still closed, as are those of the bookshop...
elisabeth-storrs's picture
Sep.16.2011
I have two obsessions – writing and ancient history. Luckily I was able to combine both while researching and writing my novel, The Wedding Shroud. The novel is set in Etruria, a civilisation that existed in Italy from archaic times and was situated in the area we now know of as Tuscany, Umbria...
patricia-caviglia's picture
Sep.15.2011
  As a child, I envied other kids with extended family. They spent weekends with their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins; I spent mine with my parents. My parents were the only ones in their families to emigrate from their native lands and produced only one child-me....
red-room-well-red's picture
Sep.12.2011
From the time it emerged from the ruins of the Roman Empire, Italy has been one of the world’s most important centers of art and architecture, spirituality and science; in short, of la bella vita. In literature alone, work ranging from early medieval philosophy to the Divine Comedy to modern and...
rodica-miller's picture
Sep.12.2011
If I will have the chance to visit Italia, I would certainly avoid those noisy crowds of tourists around Vatican and the Coliseum. Rather than that, I would prefer to go see only the undisturbed unpolluted places in Italy like Umbria and Basilicata the way Francis Ford Coppola suggested us to...
j-ruth-gendler's picture
Sep.11.2011
The six months I spent as a sophomore at Stanford’s overseas campus in Florence has everything to do with who I have become and how I want to make my life.  It wasn’t until I returned to Italy 27 years later that I could appreciate how essential that time had been. My two best friends from...
cynthia-vespia's picture
Sep.11.2011
3 For Italy “La Dolce Vita!” By Cynthia Vespia pt  I Rome There are some things in life that just have to be experienced firsthand. A trip to the old country was one of those experiences. So with my father Charlie, and my friend Kelly in tow, we took off on the morning of March 14th 2007...
janet-sierzant's picture
Sep.11.2011
I missed the blog about Italy, but I'd like to add an excerpt from my book, Gemini Joe:    “The Romans have given more to humanity than any other ethnic group,” Joe said, resenting his father’s narrow-minded views of what being American meant. “I defy anyone to show me different. ...