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HAPPY NEW YEAR…IT STILL COUNTS

HAPPY NEW YEAR…IT STILL COUNTS

Capo D’Anno, top of the year in Italy, encompassing both December 31 and January 1, a celebration both sacred and profane. Scratch the surface of any holiday in Italy and you’ll find traces of ancient Rome and early Christianity at the base. New Year’s Eve belongs to...

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LA FOCE: The Tuscany Less Traveled

I've been writing and re-writing drafts for this post for a few weeks now. Wanting it to be lyrical, beautiful prose, worthy of the subject— you know, like I'm going for a Pulitzer. I'm giving up on that and sending it out to the world as the lovely place in Southern...

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Going to Italy? Who’s Your Trip Advisor?

With any journey,  it's who meets you along the way. My immigrant grandparents called it the Old Country. After coming through Ellis Island, they never went back to Italy—they never wanted to. Why go back to dusty unpaved roads when they could set up promising lives...

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MY SALAD DAYS IN ROME

I set up this new site because lately Flavors of Rome seems like that favorite dress you were dazzling in 10 years ago that just doesn't quite do it for you anymore. You try it on, look at yourself from all angles— it's OK from the front; but, uh-oh, that side angle's...

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A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR

Christmas in Italy is very much a family affair.  And family affairs in Italy—actually any affair in  Italy—always involves food, lots and lots of food. And often that food is tied to tradition. Every region produces its own version of a sweet yellow bread or cake...

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HARVEST DAYS IN ITALY

All of Italy is in full harvest mode: there's olive picking, grape gathering, truffle routing, and chestnuts  roasting on open fires. I was there for all of that at one time—but not this year.  This year I'm in  Florida where the only harvesting going on—as far as I...

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