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Photo Essay: Colle Val d’Elsa, Tuscany

Colle Val d’Elsa is perched on the hill directly across from the much more famous neighboring hill of San Gimignano in Tuscany. We chose Val d’Elsa as our base point for a few days in Tuscany, but ended up staying right in that little town, walking through the nearly deserted streets, admiring the existence of such… 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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So Like, How Did You Guys Meet Anyway?

If there’s ever a question Marco and I get asked more than the famous, “So like, what language do you guys talk to each other in anyway?” it would be how we met. It makes sense. It’s not so common to hear of a Columbus, Ohio native who is now somehow married to an Italian from… 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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Photo Essay: Springtime in Northern Italy

When asked what’s my favorite season, I’ve always had a loyal response. Now, however, I’ve finally realized that the question is more idiosyncratic than I thought. It largely depends on where. My favorite season is fall (or autumn as I call it here since no one would understand the strange American way to describe the transition season)…. Read more »

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Me, Italy and Our Ever-Changing Relationship

My relationship with Italy has changed since I first came to study in Florence. It’s changed since I returned unprepared and since I started commuting back and forth as I fell in love with both my now-husband and the country. After a year in Italy, it’s still changing. I can’t argue against all the friends who… 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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Photo Essay: Battle of the Oranges, The Fight

It was my first time in Ivrea, in Piedmont actually, and though the city had its carnevale mask on glimpses of the town could be found through the mask. I was lucky to be there on the first day in weeks without rain and the sun brought out all the city’s splendor. Like I mentioned… Read more »

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Photo Essay: Finding Inspiration in Brivio

Inspiration can come from anything, can be found anywhere. And during such a rainy, busy, dreary time, why not find inspiration on the river banks of Brivio? A tiny town in the province of Lecco that seems to exist for the Adda, the river that runs through the town and under old fashioned bridges. Supported… Read more »