Melissa Muldoon

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 artistic tendencies. It was she who found an apprenticeship for him with a master …

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 muscles in your mouth as well as your tongue. I think the sounds roll …

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 bird through the sky, enjoying the view from on high? I have! It …

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 I had bought two weeks ago at the bottom of the freezer. I …

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 a few traces of the ancient Roman walls visible. During the middle ages …

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 tried out a new coffee maker. It is a little different from the others.  …

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 became a Roman colony in 180 BC. As the city grew so did the …

Visiting Rome is an incredible experience! I got the chance to explore some lesser known churches with Marina Giorgini an art historian and language teacher at Scud’It. She led us down via dei Santi Quattro discover a gem if a church …

Melissa explores the simple, but beautiful art made by some Italian artists, known as Macchiaioli.  I am a graphic designer, who originally wanted to be an Art Historian. I graduated with a Masters in Art and once upon a time …

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 Eternal City. But it was hot! Wow! All of Italia is in …