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My Christmas Back Home, in Numbers

Sometimes trips are such a whirlwind, it seems impossible to describe it in words. Like a hazy dream or a night spent with too many drinks, you only can recall bits and pieces, a scene here, a scene there. Like my parents visit to Italy, there’s almost too much to recount but the numbers don’t… Read more »

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I have two weeks in Italy, what should I see?

I get a version of this question often. It’s usually a rambling, excited facebook message, chaotic, happy and a little bit naive, like a puppy greeting you at the door. “So, me and [insert friend, lover, brother, family, stranger here] are heading to Italy this summer for 7 days and I wanted to ask you… Read more »

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St. Francis of Assisi and The Wolf of Gubbio

After 13 years of Catholic school and growing up in a Catholic Italian-American family in the Midwest, I had always felt pretty knowledgeable about the teachings, stories and history of Catholicism. Then, I traveled to Italy and realized I know nothing. On a recent trip in Umbria, I visited Spello, Perugia, Gubbio and Assisi. The latter of which is of course… Read more »

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The Best Events This December in Milan

Out of all of the towns in Italy, I love Milan for December. The sometimes-dreary city completely lights up during Christmastime and fills with decorations, Christmas lights, and store windows that seem more like works of art than simply advertisements. The crisp winter air cuts through the smog and the perpetual rain of November usually begins to… Read more »

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An Ode in Prose to my Umbrian Panino

Oh! To my Umbrian panino. A panino only found safely tucked away in the small, yet cosmopolitan town of Assisi. A surprise gem. A saint in our long day. In our constant quest to avoid the tourist traps, we shunned a traditional restaurant for lunch. Instead, we stopped at the take-away window of a traditional restaurant, right… Read more »