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Your Carriage Awaits You

So, my husband accepted the job in Italy. We were moving and we needed a house. I have heard that moving is one of the most stressful things one can do. Add to it the challenges of an international move, and stress doesn’t adequately…

A Theme Park for Foodies? Italians Say Bologna.

  By Sylvia Poggioli. Italy has more UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country in the world, and its art and cultural riches have drawn visitors for centuries. It also prides itself on being a culinary mecca, where preparing, cooking and serving meals…

Parmesan cheese

Parmigiano-Reggiano

So it has happened.  After 2.5 years of living in Italy I am becoming a bit of a food snob.  Last Sunday I was discussing cheese with my friend Giuseppe – specifically Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or Parmesan cheese as it is commonly known in the…

Digestion

Just like one must pay attention to the air in Italy, one must also pay attention to proper digestion.  Unlike, the USA, digestion is a very common and accepted topic of conversation in Italy. Proper digestion is very important to one’s health. To insure…

“Toto, I’ve A Feeling We’re Not In Kansas Anymore.”

Today my poor daughter did what I long to do most days. She burst into tears when the tutor asked her what the correct article was for her sentence in Italian. I have always loved words.  I like reading. I like researching the origin…

Italian Air

So I am going to discuss some quirks about Italian living.  I don’t want to offend anyone (especially my Italian friends) because while the other ex-pats and I may find these customs quirky and endearing, to an Italian these beliefs are time tested and…

La Cittadella

The Citadel of Parma is a pentagonal fortress with five bastions that was built in the last years of the sixteenth century.  The structure was built at the request of the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, Alessandro Farnese.  It is not a particularly very…

Botticellis and Berlusconis

“First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on…