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American in Italy, italy, language

11 Italian Words, Phrases and Expressions That I am Thankful For

Just like that, it’s already Thanksgiving. I am currently in our living room, snuggled up with a cozy blanket, sipping a cappuccino and pretending like this isn’t a normal work day in Italy when it in all actuality it is—and yes, I still have to work. Truth be told, I have lost the desire to celebrate most American holidays since moving to Italy ten years ago — but Thanksgiving has always felt like something sacred. If you ignore Black Friday,…

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books, interview, interviews, opinion, travel

Talking to Torre DeRoche: Author of The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World

When it comes to people that inspire in this world, what matters most to me are the people that aren’t afraid to be vulnerable. With the amount of content out there on blogs, Instagram and various social media channels, all showcasing a perfect, filtered life, it can be hard to figure out what’s real. Especially in the realm of travel. Not everything is/should be a flowing maxi dress, a girl clutching a straw hat hyper focused while a beautiful background…

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American in Italy, culture, lazio, tips, travel

Lazio’s Most Enchanting Green Space: The Garden of Ninfa

Imagine the most magnificent gardens you’ve probably ever seen, a place lush with overgrowth, jasmine and roses snaking their way over the crumbled ruins of a medieval city in Lazio’s Cisterna di Latina, 40 minutes south of Rome.   Ninfa is a sublime former village turned garden (105 hectares) in a place where time seems to have stopped.  Its name, dedicated to the Naiad Nymphs goddesses of spring water, can be spotted in the garden in an ancient temple which lend to its…

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American in Italy, books, curious florence, independent bookshops, interview, interviews, italy, life, tuscany

Interview With a Bookshop: Todo Modo in Florence

I have been more than pleasantly surprised about how many people like the new series on the blog celebrating independent bookshops in Florence. For my first edition, I interviewed Libreria Clichy and now instead have crossed Ponte Carraia to head down a little street called Via dei Fossi. A place more known for its antiques and proximity to Santa Maria Novella than anything else. It also happens to be home to a place I love, 180 square meters of an independent…

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American in Italy, bologna, events, italy, tips, tuscany

November Events in Florence, Italy: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Fear not November’s challenge bold— We’ve books and friends, And hearths that never can grow cold: These make amends! ~Alexander L. Fraser (1870–1954), “November,” c.1918 What would a year be without a November? Typically reviled and scorned as a depressing month with short, dark days and plenty of rain, I see it a little different. It’s a month where I typically dive into cooking warm, comforting meals and rearrange my wardrobe (boring but necessary). It’s the month of our wedding…

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art, culture, curious florence, italy

Helping a Great Artist’s Legacy Stay Alive: In the Name Of Michelangelo

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Toward the end of Michelangelo’s life, he really didn’t like Florence.  Michelangelo was the second of five sons and born in 1475 to a fame-obsessed father. As a teenager, he became the talented young apprentice of the Florentine painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio who famously said ‘This fellow knows more about art than I do’ about the young artist during the works of the chapel of Santa Maria Novella…

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