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Welcome to my Italy Website, a trusted source for Italy lovers who want the authentic experience.

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Grazie... for stopping by my irreverent blog, where I attempt to decipher Italian culture for the English-speaking world. 

It’s always my intention to go a little deeper — beyond the stereotypes and la dolce vita — to discuss the many reasons why this beautiful chaotic country continues to inspire the dreams of travelers and writers and expats year after year.

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Caravaggio's burial of saint lucy in Syracuse

Caravaggio in Sicily

Wanted for murder in Rome, hounded by creditors and cuckold husbands all over the Italian peninsula, and then finally chased across

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Caravaggio in Sicily

Channel Your Inner Italian!

Whether you're preparing for an upcoming vacation, trying to reconnect with your family's roots, or if you just want to emulate the joyful and healthy lifestyle of Mediterranean Italy, then get started by downloading one (or all) of my FREE guides to Italian living at its best!

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What's the best/quickest way to learn the Italian language?

Almost every day I get an email or two from someone soliciting my advice about learning Italian. Besides my own language journey, I also have taught English to Italians, so I have a unique perspective on both sides of the equation. The bottom line is, for rapid language acquisition among adults, nothing beats a good software program. Hands down, this is the fastest way to learn the basics—to get the vocabulary and grammar swirling around in your brain. If you're not ready for that level of immersion, I've also created a free "crash course" to get you started: Crash Course in Italian.

Are Italians religious?

This is a subject that I return to from time to time simply because I find it so fascinating. I’ve often encountered a very blurry line between religion and superstition in Italy. For example, to get rid of an evil eye curse (malocchio), you need the help of an elderly Catholic woman who invokes a prayer to Mother Mary on your behalf to put an end to your streak of bad luck. It’s just one big mystical stew. Read more: Catholicism and Other Superstitions

Is Italy basically one homogenous country from North to South?

Ha! I caught a lot of grief from Italians when I wrote a post on this topic, due to the fact that I cited several stereotypes about regional characteristics among Italians. I was NOT the one promoting these stereotypes, mind you, only repeating what I’ve heard from Italians themselves. Still, you know what they say about the messenger… Regional Differences in Italy

So... exactly HOW do you use the bidet?

You had to ask, didn't you? Well, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! This handy little invention of modern plumbing can really brighten your day. Read more here: The Bidet in Italy

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