Ravishing, Rotten Rome

The other night I happened to be passing through Piazza del Popolo at dusk as I headed home from work. My mind was spinning around the events of the day: a massive corruption trial in Rome, and more scandals at the Vatican. As I briskly clipped my way over the cobblestones, my thoughts, interspersed with […]

The Titanic Vacation

I could make a  series of movies titled “Titanic Vacations with my Family” staring my husband, of course, the frustrated, middle-aged man secretly in love with that rather mechanical woman inside his car navigator who occasionally re-routes but never talks back and he can always turn off during moments of tension. That navigatrice is in […]

Alessandra Di Castro – Rome’s Dynamic Antiques Dealer

May 10, 2015
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Alessandra di Castro is sitting on a plush, velvet couch in a curved, cozy recess in her Antiques Gallery at Number 4 Piazza di Spagna in Rome. She speaks rapidly in impeccable English declaring, “I have a very impatient personality.” I pause in my frenetic note taking and look at her and say, “so do […]

The Return of the Sexy, Brilliant, Bald Guys

April 11, 2015
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This whole question of the sexy, brilliant, bald guys popped up the other day because my colleague Paolo Santalucia and I were trying to get out of an assignment. It was Friday afternoon in the office and Paolo called across from his desk to me and said, “Hey Trisha, I’ve got the perfect assignment for […]

Super Hooper and “The Italians”

January 19, 2015
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A few weeks ago, someone at Viking Books asked me if I would be willing to review John Hooper’s book The Italians on my blog. John Hooper is one of the most talented and experienced journalists living and working in Rome.  He writes for “The Guardian” and “The Economist”; he has worked in Madrid and […]

Family Road Trip with 3 Teens – Recipe for Disaster

January 4, 2015
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This week my family of five – 2 parents plus 3 adolescents ages 19, 16, and 14, began a road trip to France.  My husband came up with this rather risky proposition – he decided that we should use the first week of January to drive to the Loire Valley from Rome and visit some […]

A Voyage in Search of Happiness

September 6, 2014
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Dear Blog Readers– I had the honour of being invited to visit Sicily the last four days of August to take part in a book presentation in the medieval town of Erice. I accepted immediately not even knowing what the book was about because the only times I’ve been to the enchanting island of Sicily […]

The Bear Necessities

August 25, 2014
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There is a fierce debate raging in Italy about a Mama bear named Daniza.  Daniza lives in the woods in the Italian alps in the Trentino region. On August 9th a 38-year-old “fungaiolo” (a mushroom hunter) came across Daniza as she was with her eight-month old cubs.  He apparently hid behind a tree but she […]