I made it to Puglia, finally! I’ve wanted to visit this region of Italy for years. I was excited to learn that Eat, Pray, Move had a yoga retreat in Puglia and signed up. I wrote about my first yoga retreat which was in Tuscany. That retreat had an art component. This retreat had a … Continue reading Eating, Praying, and Moving in Puglia
I went to Florence for the first time during my second vacation in Italy. I stayed for a couple of days. My second trip was a few years later during the first month I lived in Italy. I couldn’t wait to leave both times. The second trip was over nine years ago and I believed … Continue reading I Used to Hate on Florence, Italy.
Ciao Bloggisti, I wish more American cooking shows aired in Italy. We have shows from the UK and France but not many (only the Masterchef shows) from the USA. I wonder why? I think the Barefoot Contessa would do well here. What’s there not to love? Ina makes fantastic food and the settings/locations are gorgeous … Continue reading Rhapsody in Green – Ina Garten’s Garden
For almost eight years I walked past Palazzo Altemps at least five times a week. I’m not sure why I waited so long to finally check it out. One Friday, during lunch time, I basically had the place to myself. True, it was the dead of winter but I was surprised. The Palazzo is very … Continue reading Life in Rome – Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps
I would say Happy New Year, but it’s already January 21th. After living in the Historic Center on Via del Pellegrino for seven years, I have moved to a new neighborhood. I now live in Parioli. To say this is a big change would be an understatement. One of the biggest changes was moving from … Continue reading Life in Rome – New Year, New Address
Over the summer my friend Annie invited me to spend the weekend at her in-laws. They live in Fiuggi. It’s only an hour south of Rome but at least a good ten degrees cooler. I happened to visit during Fiuggi’s sagra. It was outstanding. When a large group of people started to do the Electric … Continue reading Castello Di Fumone – Design Inspiration, An Imprisoned Pope, and Drowned Non Virgins.
Last month, my friends Erica and Darius hosted another Instagram, “Meet The Romans” meetup. We started very early (to beat the heat) in Ostiense. A few weeks before I was out jogging toward the Basilica of Saint Paul Beyond The Walls, when I noticed a very striking bridge. I found out at the Meetup that … Continue reading Stylish Simplicity – Ponte Settimia Spizzichino – Rome, Italy
What a week. Just when you think Italian politics couldn’t be more confusing or bizarre, they are. I have no idea what is going to happen now. Maybe we’ll have new elections. The Pope said good-bye yesterday. The city is packed with tourists who came to see him for the last time. Cardinals are flying … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – Shower – Monteverdi, Tuscany
In 2011 the Italian fashion label Miu Miu started Women’s Tales, a series of short films about women directed by female directors from all over the world. Their most recent short was directed by Ava DuVernay. Ava won the best director award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Here is more information about Ava’s short … Continue reading THE DOOR by Ava DuVernay – Film, Dècor, and Fashion.