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That Time I Went to Mantova Just to Eat Lunch

Mantova, or Mantua in English, is a tiny medieval city in Lombardy, on the border with Veneto. Ruled for decades by the rich Gonzaga family, the city is a gem with a lot to offer a cultural traveler. I, however, was more of a gastronomical traveler. The plan was to head to the city early Sunday… Read more »

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Umbria in October – Hills, Autumn, and Chocolate

Somehow, somewhere between the very hectic start of the school year (I’ve added two first grade classes this year to chase after!), finishing up the house, and trying to somehow maintain a semblance of a life (social, health and otherwise) I’ve managed to squeeze in an upcoming trip to Umbria! There’s nothing that motivates me… Read more »

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Corso Como to Brera – A Walk in Milan

Tourists far too often skip over Milan. As Italy’s most industrial city, it doesn’t seem to have the history of Rome, the art of Florence or the allure of Venice. Non ha l’atmosfera. And I get it. I too once thought that Milan, though fun, doesn’t have much of a tourist factor. Perhaps it’s true. It’s landmarks… Read more »

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On Travel and Food

Some travel to eat. They associate each country with the dish that represents it, creating gastronomic tours to find the best of their favorite food or easily adding entire meal categories between the classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner while traveling. They munch their way through a country, learning the culture one plate at a time…. Read more »

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11 Questions About Italy You Were Dying to Know, Answered

Recently Travel + Leisure magazine hosted a twitter chat all about traveling in Italy. Hundreds of people joined to reminisce, dream and spread their Italy love, sharing travel tips, hotel secrets and their favorite locations. So I thought, of course, why not me? Below are my personal answers to the chat’s questions, based on my… Read more »

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From Portofino to San Fruttuoso on Foot

I was sweating. I was sweating in jeans and I didn’t like it. Marco and I only had a day and a half to explore the Ligurian coast. We had dinner the night before in Santa Margherita and walked the forty minutes back to Rapallo, where we were based, afterward to enjoy the night and the sights…. Read more »

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Other Things I’ve Written About Italy, With Love

Besides your weekly dose of Italy-inspired love, I also write freelance articles or posts about Italy around the web. I thought I’d share them with you here not JUST for shameless self-promoting, but also because they are topics I haven’t written about on the blog and likely won’t, seeing as how they already exist in my own… Read more »

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Pilgrimage to San Pietro al Monte Pedale

Wherever you live or where ever you are there are, around you, dozens of little things to see, to experience. By “little,” I mean insignificant, something here or there that doesn’t seem much yet shouldn’t be overlooked. Driving along the highway from Brianza to Lecco and the Lake District, Marco has always pointed out each… Read more »

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[Insert Catchy, Concise, Emotional Memoir Title Here]

I’ve been in Italy over a year. So, if I was following societal constraints I should be shortly releasing my first memoir. Either that or a glass-shattering HBO television show/screenplay about four girlfriends living in New York City… Since I don’t live in NYC and I don’t have four girlfriends, it follows that a witty,… Read more »

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My Year in Italy, in Numbers

After my first year living in Italy, I think a bit of reflection is always useful. You know like, how is my relationship with Italy after a year? How has it changed? Does she still love me?! But a lot has happened and digging in to the nitty gritty (of couuuurse she still loves me…right?!) would take a trained professional –… Read more »