Melissa Muldoon

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 zero miles” This expression implies that one can live very well by taking just …

“Bergamo, miraculously beautiful city!” So wrote a 15th century Venetian traveller crossing through Lombardy. Years later this same beautiful town welcomes tourists just as it did during the 1500s. Bergamo, surrounded by ancient Walls, is often considered as a city rich …

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”. Have you seen the painting by Agnolo di Cosimo Bronzino of Eleonora? …

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 by Emilia Romana to the north, Tuscan to the north-west and Umbria to …

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 rediscover this beautiful building set in the heart of the city. Originally it which …

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 you have known someone for quite a long time. At …

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 ideal spot for both city dwellers and tourists alike …

Our Studentessa Matta kicks off the Holiday Season by preparing the “presepe”, the Nativity. Here how she did it!  I’m preparing the house for Christmas. I have just finished decorating the tree with my kids. Over the years I have …

Today we are taking a hop over to Florence. We will take a little excursion – a school trip if you like – to the cathedral. We will take a spin around the Duomo and then take a peek inside. …

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 I visit Florence its beauty strikes me. The cathedral was built in the Gothic style, and …