Villas and “Villains”

Villain = noun a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel. While in Italian the meaning is a little less categorical: Villano / vil·là · no / = adjective and masculine noun 1. masculine noun = Rude and ignorant person: “è un villano fatto e finito (he is […]

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The Summer of Our Discontent

“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house” W. Shakespeare According to W. Shakespeare after the “discontented winter” there would be a glorious summmer. It doesn’t look like it will be in 2020. Summer is here, nice and breeze, […]

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For the Love of Reading—Now is Carofiglio

  Thank You for the Books These past months would have been terrible without books. Camilleri was a prolific writer that entertained nicely with his books. Fortunately, there is another author that I like, and I regularly buy his books when I see a new one. Gianrico Carofiglio Carofiglio has a degree in Law (1986), […]

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The Mimosa Annual Award

Happy Women’s Day Every March 8, I’m giving recognition to one of the many women that contributed greatly to their society, but we’re never recognized for their actions.  Maybe, a bit, or because they were ”the wife of…”  History is full of fascinating women; some names pop up immediately: Isabella d’Este; Lucrezia Borgia; Artemisia Gentileschi; […]

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Basic Italian: Ecco Fatto!

When I was living in the USA I realized that at times I was loosing my Italian, as I was more and more thinking in English. Even Dreaming in English. But some expressions I never lost (along with basic math, … one always counts & adds in his/hers grammar school language!). One of my most […]

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Reading Italy

Italy may be the most European of countries. Rome was the capital of an empire that encircled the most faraway corners of the continent. Italy gave us the Renaissance and the foundations of modern western culture. It was in Rome where the signing of the European Union’s founding treaty happened. Italy, a peninsula that immediately distinguishes […]

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Soave: A Town, a Castle, a Wine

  Soave as “Suave, Agreeable, Courtly, Sophisticated” that is this little town in the province of Verona, just between Verona and Vicenza. Legend has it that it was Dante Alighieri, a guest at the Scaliger Castle to give the name “Soave” to the town by virtue of its delicious wine. More likely, the name of Soave […]

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Remembering Francesca in Gradara 🕍

Gradara is one of the “Most beautiful villages of Italy.” 🕍 Located in the Marche Region, it is really a lovely place to visit. The battlements of the castle can be seen from afar; the Gradara Castle is announced to the visitor with its grandeur. Gradara Castle is the protagonist of the landscape but as […]

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Stopping at Matera

Matera is called in Italian “la Citta dei Sassi”. Meaning “City of Stones.” However that definition is misleading. The historical name “Sassi” means the two districts; the Sasso Barisano, which looks to the north-west on the edge of the cliff; and the Sasso Caveoso, which looks to the south. The two ”Sassi”, Barisano and Caveoso, […]

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Thank you for the Company

Andrea Camilleri—the father of Commissario Montalbano died today aged 93. May he Rest In Peace, I will be always grateful for the great company his books provided me with. His books were constant companions during my summer vacations, and always added in my suitcase for my trips–they are not too thick–perfect for traveling. Camilleri once […]

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“Hold the Door” … and Then?

Game of Throne is over but everybody is still talking about it, and not necessarily in a positive way. Many are disappointed at what seemed a quick ending just to get it over with.  And Yes! Me too George R.R. Martin used a lot of his knowledge of British and European history to write ”A […]

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Spring is Pink!

Celebrating Spring When winter dies slowly in the spring,  on the evenings of those beautiful clear days, happy, without wind, on which windows are keep wide open for the first few times and flower pots are brought on balcomies,  cities offer one show kind and full of joy and poetry. Walking along the streets you […]

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