melissa muldoon

Melissa Muldoon writes the dual language blog StudentessaMatta.com in Italian and English. She also produces Matta Youtube videos in Italian and Podcasts and co-leads Italian Language Immersion programs in Lucca and Arezzo as well as organizes Homestays with Italian teachers improve language skills and learn more about Italian customs and culture.

Her latest book Dreaming Sophia is now available on Amazon in print and e-pub versions. The e-pub book has links to art, music and film clips mentioned in the book so you can experience the book visually and aurally. You can also find Dreaming Sophia on Facebook, Pinterest and the web at DreamingSophiaBook.com where the author will be posting more stories about Florence, Italy, and art.

Florence Cathedral from Giotto's bell tower — Photo by elleonzebon

On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!

Florence’s cathedral—Santa Maria del Fiori, or simply il Duomo , as it is known to the Florentines, is a fantastic piece of architecture. Every time...
Let’s go to le Marche: Frontone and the Castle!

Let’s go to Le Marche: Frontone and the Castle!

Studentessa Matta takes us for a visit in Le Marche region. A unique place to discover... Le Marche is a beautiful region of Italy that is bordered...
Orsanmichele a trip into the past

Orsanmichele, a trip into the past

One of my favorite places in Florence is Orsanmichele. During a recent trip to Florence, as I was walking down Via Calzaiuoli, I was delighted to...
Eleanor of Toledo. Portrait by Agnolo Bronzino

Eleonora de’ Medici and her fabulous gown!

I have always had a secret fantasy to dress like Eleonora de’ Medici. This desire is played out in a new book I have written called “Dreaming Sophia...
Those hot summer nights along the Tiber!

Those hot summer nights along the Tiber!

If you have ever been to Rome in the summer you surely have walked along the waterfront of the Tiber river at dusk. It is a happening place! It is a...
The Fortress of the Verrucole

The Fortress of the Verrucole

Studentessa Matta explore the Medieval world at the Fortezza delle Verrucole. Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of lords and ladies and...
Food at zero miles

Food at zero miles

Melissa explains a particular Italian expression "Cibo a kilometro zero". Let's find out what Italians mean by saying it! What do I mean by “food at...
Taking a Stroll through Bergamo with Elena

Taking a Stroll through Bergamo with Elena

“Bergamo, miraculously beautiful city!” So wrote a 15th century Venetian traveller crossing through Lombardy. Years later this same beautiful town...
Melissa taking a photo with Sophia Loren

Meeting Sophia Loren!

It is really quite remarkable! Last Saturday evening I had the pleasure of meeting Sophia Loren! Days later and I am still walking on air. After all...
Una rosa per la Loren! Dolce & Gabbana new fragrance: Dolce Rosa Excelsa

Una rosa per la Loren! Dolce & Gabbana new fragrance: Dolce Rosa Excelsa

Last week Dolce & Gabbana launched its latest fragrance, Dolce Rosa Excelsa. To promote the new perfume they put together a little video,...

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