Piano, Piano, Pianissimo

TAKING STOCK I walked the streets of my town this morning to see how we are getting back to our feet. “Slowly” is the key word. I got an espresso to go from a bar. It is one of my favorite places in summer because they enjoy an outdoors area next to a little creek. […]

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Social Distancing and Clear Blue Skies

The long awaited freedom to roam is approaching. Although the official day to let us out—like a herd of horses waiting for the corral to be opened—will be May 4th, the streets are busy. Many on foot, always in couples. There is a lot of walking, jogging, and power walking. It is quite nice to […]

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Congiunti, or Your Kin

49 Days have passed since Italy started the lockdown. 49 difficult, sorrowful, boring, and worrisome days. Somehow we made it! We all waited for the PM speech on April 26, to know how our new life will be from now to mid-May. The PM bravely started his speech praising his fellow Italians: «You have shown […]

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Risi & Bisi a Veneto Dish

Rice and Peas A typical dish from the Veneto region, in particular from the city of Venice, but also from the province of Vicenza and Verona, based on rice and peas. A dish to be enjoyed especially in spring, when there are fresh peas, the basic ingredient of this delicious first course. For this preparation […]

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A Quarantine of Hoax and Bread

Hoax (& Fake News) In Italian, they are called “bufale.” I had no idea where and when that word came about. I used to think that bufala was referring to that special mozzarella, only.  “BUFALA” can be traced back to the term “dis-information”, as Claire Wardle explains in the “Council of Europe report DGI (2017) […]

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The Greatest “Dome” on Earth

There are two great domes in Italy, equally famous; the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence; and Saint Peter in Rome. The latter on a project by Michelangelo, but resumed after his death by two architects (Giacomo Della Porta (1533-1602) and Domenico Fontana (1543-1607). Yet the ONE dome is the one in Florence, […]

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We Can Walk!

Running and walking Walking and running are now permitted if we stay within 500 meters from our homes. That’s not much at all, but it is way better than nothing. Also wearing a mask is a priority—and I’m ok with that. Well, not running really with the mask, but again it is an allowance much […]

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