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.

Arzigogolato: a fantastic word for the Baroque Art!

Arzigogolato: a fantastic word for the Baroque Art!

I have always liked the word “arzigogolato”. First, I think its a fantastic word to pronounce. When you say “arzigogolato” you have to use all the...
A trip to Frascati

A trip to Frascati

I’ve just returned from Rome where I spent two great weeks with my 2015 Matta Roma Art & Language Group! We did so many wonderful things in the...
Modigliani's Colours of the Souls

Modigliani's Colors of the Soul

Modigliani was born in Livorno into a Jewish family, but he lived and worked for the majority of his life in Paris. His mother encouraged his...
The walls of Lucca

The walls of Lucca

Our Studentessa Matta explores the city of Lucca and its walls. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and then became a Roman colony and there are still...
Sciogli-lingua italiani

Le espressioni e gli scioglilingua

Quali sono le espressioni Italiane più comuni e più utilizzate? Melissa ne ha scelte qualcuna per noi... “L’hai voluta la bicicletta? e allora pedala...
Ceramics of the lovely Florentine – Ambra Pampaloni

Ceramics of the lovely Florentine – Ambra Pampaloni

What comes to mind when I say to you “Italian craftsmanship?” Many things…other than food…the crafts of creating glass or working with leather,...
Extreme Italian Experience: The Flight of Angels

Extreme Italian Experience: The Flight of Angels

Today our Studentessa Matta wants to share a fabulous experience she had some time ago when she was traveling in Italy. Have you ever flown like a...
What’s for dinner tonight?

What’s for dinner tonight?

Last night I prepared a very quick dinner with the ingredients found in the refrigerator and the pantry. Luckily I found a bag of frozen shrimp that...
The Legend of Lucida Mans

The legend of Lucida Mansi

One of the most fascinating things about Lucca is the ancient wall that encircles the city. Originally the city was built by the Etruscans and later...
The art of lesser known Italian artists: Macchiaioli e Morandi

The art of lesser known Italian artists: Macchiaioli e Morandi

Melissa explores the simple, but beautiful art made by some Italian artists, known as Macchiaioli. I am a graphic designer, who originally wanted to...