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A Part of The Crowd: Being a Tourist in Italy

Recently family travel blogger BigBraveNomad posted a story on Instagram highlighting the throngs of crowds filling the piazza along the Trevi Fountain. “Fact: this is what Rome is really like. Everywhere. It’s INSANELY packed,” it said, and then “Again: flooded with people. Ps. I am not complaining. Everyone deserves to visit all of these famous spots…. Read more »

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Italy in August: What to Expect

August in Italy is steaming hot, jam-packed and expensive. It’s high season in an already popular destination, and it’s not always pretty.  Buuuut… It’s not always so bad.  I advise everyone to avoid August if at all possible, but my first two biggest trips to Italy were both right in the middle of August, when… Read more »

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What Italians Eat to Beat the Heat

After decades of Italo-American bastardization of southern Italian cooking, Americans view Italian food as loads of cheese smothered in tomato sauce – even better if it’s fried!  Italian food is so much more than that, but it’s true that Italian food isn’t known for being light. Even the non-fried dishes tend to be either heavy on… Read more »

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The Endless Possibilities of Summer

My first summer in Italy I survived. By the second summer I was adapting and by the third summer, last year, I finally felt stabilized. Now, for my fourth summer here in Italy, I’m ready to achieve. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot going on during that time besides gauging my mental state. We had… Read more »

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A Bumpy End of The School Year

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s all I had left of the school year. Thursday and Friday were off for Italy’s national republic day meaning just six more days and I was done. My kids were happy and agitated. I was happy and agitated and running lists in my mind to finish the… Read more »

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The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Swing How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see so wide, Rivers and trees and cattle and all Over the countryside—… Read more »

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On Italy and Food

Italy has taught me a lot about food. It’s taught me a lot about freshness and flavor and fat. About the simplicity of some fresh bee honey abundantly drizzled over fresh ricotta requested that day from the cheese counter. “Così?” like this? the man will ask, holding his spatula over a pie-slice size chunk of ricotta… Read more »