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 […]

Rome – Simmering with Sensuality for Centuries

May 16, 2014
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Rome is a city that simmers with sensuality. It comes to a boil in the torrid summer months, when the intense Roman heat encourages its citizens to dress scantily and breath heavily. Moving to Rome from Puritan Boston, all this over-heating was new to me. In Boston, winters are long and cold, houses are big […]

Amarcord – A Fellini Feast

April 18, 2014
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Last night I was invited to a fabulous Fellini feast, the opening night of “Amarcord” – a dance performance based on Italian Film Director Federico Fellini’s 1973 film of the same name. The title “Amarcord” is taken from the local dialect meaning “mi ricordo” in Italian or “I Remember”– and is a fantastical trip through […]

Wobbly Arms, Flabby Thighs, and Blog Awards

February 4, 2014
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Last Saturday I was walking home from my Zumba Class — which is my weekly opportunity to let off steam (see Frazzled Mamma Note at the end of Blog Post: Mudslinging at the Vatican).  As I shuffled my sweaty self along, I was deep into a massive personal pity party.  The problem with my Zumba […]

The Marvelous Works of Rossana Petrillo

January 30, 2014
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The marvelous work of Rossana Petrillo first struck me when I was wandering through an art gallery in Ravello (see Blog Post: Romantic Ravello and Lacing Wars). There were several of Rossana’s large paintings on the wall and I loved the gentle, round women, in elaborate hats and gloves, calmly enjoying a fairy-tale atmosphere, indifferent to […]