Wintering at Villa Ferraia

December 18, 2012
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Emerging from the deep Tuscan forest it is hard not to gasp at the striking beauty of Villa Ferraia. It’s a series of connected buildings made of stone with red tiled roofs surrounded by olive and lemon trees, potted flowers, patches of rosemary and wild growth. There is a giant infinity pool and large chessboards […]


A Violet Vespa

December 4, 2012
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Today I was late for parent-teacher meetings at my daughter’s school and I came flying out of the office and down to Piazza Colleggio Romano and was heading to the bus stop on Rome’s Via del Corso when this violet vespa stopped me short.  I pass that corner several times a day, coming and going […]


Spooked and Inspired by Beatrice

August 5, 2012
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About a year ago, my son Nico spent the night at his friend Giovanni’s house in the center of Rome.  Nico told me later that in the middle of the hot, dry Roman summer night he felt something cool and damp blow past him.  He sat up, and, with the light from a street lamp […]


And The Rome Food Secrets Quiz Winner Is…..

July 20, 2012
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AUDREY BURKE!!!!! Audrey Burke was the first to answer all the quiz questions so she wins the prize of a free food tour in Rome.  See her answers in the comment section on the quiz Dishing up Food Secrets in Rome. Below are my slightly more elaborated answers with some photos for those who asked. […]


Cooling Down with Caravaggio

June 30, 2012
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It is blisteringly hot in Rome and yesterday I had to stop by the French bookstore to pick up a book for my daughter to study this summer.  The French book store is in the historic center next to the French Church, San Luigi dei Francesi and as I stepped out of the store and […]


Italian Men, Making Waves

May 20, 2012
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Dear Blog Readers, I am taking a break from my usual Mamma-journalist tales to tell you about EcoOonda.  (Onda means wave and Eco refers to ecological).  There have been some posts where I have been pretty harsh on the poor old Italian Mammoni (Mama-Boys), so finally I am going to make it up to Italian […]


Restoring Greatness

Dear Blog Reader:  I have not posted in a week which I understand is an eternity in the busy blogsphere.  However, I have been busy with my job, first I went back to the Island of Giglio to do more reporting on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia ( see A Chilling Conversation and Kevin’s Puzzle), and then […]


Lovers’ Locks – A Roman Valentine

February 14, 2012
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Click and it’s done. Love-locked forever. Roman lovers have a special way to seal their undying love on Valentine’s Day…. They attach a lock on a lamp-post on one of Rome’s most famous bridges and toss the key into the Tiber River….and no one can tear them apart…or so they say. For several years now […]