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edward-teja's picture
Sep.10.2011
So red room asked for a blog about Italy, which seems strange to a writer sitting in SE Asia working through the rainy season. My most recent memories of Italy date back to the early 70s and were only marginally refreshed by a friend sending me a link to a listing for property he would like to buy...
raissa-falgui's picture
Sep.09.2011
I spent two weeks in Italy once, in 2004. I went with my mother and we were supposed to join a tour, but as we couldn’t make the date for the tour group, we hacked it out on our own instead. Drifting in places where English was not the most facile medium of communication without even a map of the...
susan-morgan's picture
Sep.09.2011
Back when I first started going to Italy regularly, I was on a bike trip in Umbria when I realized that I loved Italy enough to revisit it many, many more times, and if that was the case, the very least I could do was learn some Italian. If you’re traveling with someone who knows the language of...
moreah-vestan's picture
Sep.09.2011
I was in Italy the year I graduated from college and again in 1998--I found those dates in my old passport book where I had my hands slapped, figuratively, for writing in that sacred passport the dates and places of my foreign trips from 1963 on. Do I ever remember Italy! Venice with its...
kelly-tweeddale's picture
Sep.09.2011
She laced up her Marathon 10 Adidas running shoes with the caution orange laces and thought that even in Tuscany her trendy hued foot apparel marked her as strictly American.  That and the fact that any other Florentine woman wouldn’t be caught dead on the cobblestone streets at this early...
dorien-grey's picture
Sep.09.2011
In April of this year I returned to Italy after a mere 55 year absence, visiting Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, and my favorite city in the world, Pompeii--not the new city, but the old. I kept a journal of my entire journey and posted them as blogs on my website (http://www.doriengrey.com)....
huntington-sharp's picture
Sep.09.2011
It all started with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Hugo Weaving lip-synching "I've Never Been to Me" in the opening scene. In the 1977 pop ballad, one-hit wonder Charlene sings wistfully about all the places her loveless jet-set life has taken her: "Oh, I've been to...
dale-estey's picture
Sep.09.2011
  Este Castle There is a tradition in "my" branch of the Estey family that we descend from the d'Este of Italy. The d'Este clan were rich and powerful and influential. They married well which - yes -  brought the infamous Lucrezia Borgia into the family when she wed Alfonso I d'Este,...
camille-marchetta's picture
Sep.09.2011
It was in the late 60s that I first went to Italy and by the end of that two week trip I absolutely hated the place.  It was the men, of course.  I was with two girlfriends, all of us in our twenties, all of us in various stages of recovery from relationships gone wrong.  We flew to...
mary-walsh's picture
Sep.09.2011
Leonardo and I were close. I admit that I had trouble having him commit to a long term relationship. He always had many irons in the fire. He felt obligated to maintain his title of the original Renaissance man. Many of our encounters were spent over long luncheons that overlooked the beautiful...