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 […]


Anna’s Tears

July 5, 2014
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Yesterday I went on a mission to find a teardrop.  The teardrop of Anna Bianchini.  I didn’t have to go very far, I have been working in the same building — Rome’s Palazzo Doria Pamphilj — with that teardrop for the past 20 years and only recently learned of it.  So yesterday I was determined […]


Singing Nun Crushes the Competition

June 7, 2014
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Dear Blog Readers — Mozzarella Mamma is not moving fast enough and I missed the 24 hour news cycle on this one….so you have already probably heard about Italy’s now famous singing nun on the BBC, NPR or in The New York Times– the nun has even gone viral.  Nevertheless, this little piece of cheerful […]


A Morlacchi View of Rome

May 21, 2014
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I have a love-hate relationship with Rome.  Moments of sheer joy and exhilaration can slide into moments of excruciating frustration. The other day I was I blocked in traffic at rush hour on Rome’s nightmare Muro Torto — the curving road that runs along the winding, ancient city wall.  Motorinos (mopeds) were buzzing around me […]