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The engine idles to off, your feet swing onto the dirty parking lot. A scan of the surroundings isn’t too impressive. An elusive sign or two guide you to the path… Cascate del Mulino this way, they say. The walk …

“No poem was ever written by a drinker of water” ~ Horace Rome, the beloved Eternal City, has contributed much to the modern world. Think about it: architectural innovation, models of governing, roadways, the Julian calendar, amazing art, cement…the list …

Some traditions are not to be broken…or are they? The big red vending machine that debuted recently near Rome’s Piazza Bologna has certainly pushed the envelope, at least in the eyes of many Roman citizens. Food is sacred to Italians, …

Did my use of “rules” and “Italian” in one sentence cause a second glance? Other than keeping that left lane on the Autostrada open for high-speed designer cars, or maybe dutifully respecting the ZTL signs (Zona Traffico Limitato) that come …

What do a giraffe, a unicorn, a small owl, and a tower all have in common? Despite no apparent links, each of these entities proudly represent one of Siena’s 17 contrade, or neighborhoods. These are more than just fun mascots, …

I can recall more than one incident of tap-tapping my foot on Italian pavement, repeatedly checking my watch as an exasperated sigh escaped my lips. The orario (schedule) said the train was to depart at 13.15 – where is it? …

“Amo solo te” ~ I love only you You’ve said “yes” …and the planning begins. Opulent or simple, a wedding is probably the closest most of us will ever get to crafting our own real, live fairy tale. Naturally, a …

While the Roman Empire gets credit for masterminding modern roadways, they surely never envisioned today’s tangle of Vespas, cars, busses, and bikes buzzing haphazardly through the web of urban streets of today’s Rome. To the unsuspecting visitor, it’s a scene …

The famed marble quarries of Carrara are practically sacred ground. The gleaming white surface of the exposed marble graces the crests of the Apuan Alps, often mistaken by the unknowing for snow. Gargantuan chunks cut from the mountainside for almost …

There’s a lot to cheer about this summer. We’re eating in restaurants again, festivals are underway, swimming pools overflow with squealing children – we can even have a BBQ with the neighbors! Like a longed-for prodigal son, normalcy is making …