jerry finzi

The benefits of kissing like an Italian

My wife says I'm a great kisser. Perhaps it's because I've had lots of practice before she came into my life. (Only joking, lovey!) But perhaps it's...

Pienza: the perfect Tuscan hilltown

Ok... I'm going to ask you all to be quiet about what I'm going to tell you, and insist you don't share this information... but in my opinion, Pienza...

The Calabrese Ghost Town of Pentedattilo

In a land ravaged by earthquakes, floods and volcanoes from time to time, it's no wonder that in Italy, one will occasionally discover one of the...
Mostaccioli: the Calabrese Gingerbread

Mostaccioli: The Calabrese Christmas Gingerbread

Here in our home, one of our Christmas traditions is making gingerbread cookies and one gingerbread house each year. I often wondered if there is...
Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games

Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games (Part 2)

Here the second part discovering the world of toys in ancient Rome. The older boys and girls had outdoor toys... sticks and hoops, balls, yo-yos,...
Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games

Kids will be Kids, Even in Ancient Rome: Roman Toys & Games (Part 1)

Nowadays we buy all sorts of toys for our children, starting them off with the simplest ones: balls, pull-toys, rattles and such. When Lucas was a...
All About Italian Olive Oil: The Good, the Bad and the Amazing...

All About Italian Olive Oil: The Good, the Bad and the Amazing (Part 5)

Is "First Pressed" Really a Good Thing? Ok, now this is really going to confuse you. Earlier I talked about how a "first pressed" Extra Virgin is...
All About Italian Olive Oil: The Good, the Bad and the Amazing (Part 3)

All About Italian Olive Oil: The Good, the Bad and the Amazing (Part 4)

What is the Difference Between All Those Names? The "pressed" method means that no heat or chemical additives were used to extract the oil from the...
All About Italian Olive Oil: The Good, the Bad and the Amazing (Part 3)

All About Italian Olive Oil: The Good, the Bad and the Amazing (Part 3)

How to tell if it's really Extra Virgin? To start off, let's make one thing perfectly clear--light or extra light olive oil is just that--clear and...
Valentines Day in Italy: Verona In Love

Valentines Day in Italy: Verona In Love

Ok, so it's a bit silly I suppose, to have tens of thousands of tourists a year flock to Verona just to stand under the balcony that Juliette stood...

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