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.

Italian idioms

Italian expressions and idioms by Studentessa Matta

The Italian language is full of and colorful expressions, just like the English language. When we become more familiar with the language and we get...

The Espresso Break: An Interview with Barbara Zaragoza

Our Studentessa Matta heard from from Barbara Zaragoza. Barbara spent three years in Naples, Italy and who is the author of The Espresso Break. She...
The etiquette of the kiss in Italy

The etiquette of the kiss in Italy

In Italy it is a common practice to greet someone with a light kiss on both their cheeks. This holds true even if you are just newly acquainted or if...
The Story of Lucida Mansi

The Story of Lucida Mansi

When I was in Lucca, I took a bike excursion around the walls with Susanna, one of the delightful teachers from Lucca Italian school. As I biked,...
San Giovanni in Laterano: the Papal Archbasilica

San Giovanni in Laterano: the Papal Archbasilica

Did you know that S. Giovanni in Laterano in Rome is the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome – the Pope? Infact it is the oldest...
A Canadian in Siena: Sarah and her life in Tuscany

A Canadian in Siena: Sarah and her life in Tuscany

Siena is really a magical city that hosts many tourists every year, in which you can still see its medieval roots, but it is also a modern city too,...
Lucca, a wonderful city

Lucca, a wonderful city

Lucca, just an hour west of Florence and only twenty minutes by train from Pisa, embraces you immediately with her medieval walls & tree lined...

An outing to Gardone & Vittoriale

Gardone, where you will find the villa of Gabriele d’Annunzio, is on the other side of Lago di Garda. To avoid congested and winding streets around...
Visiting the chapel of S. Silvestro in Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome

Visiting the chapel of S. Silvestro in Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome

Visiting Rome is an incredible experience! I got the chance to explore some lesser known churches with Marina Giorgini an art historian and language...
Testing out a new coffee pot!

Testing out a new caffettiera!

Here’s a new video made using, instead the normal Bialetti coffee maker, the one that is silver and has the famous image of the little man…Melissa...

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