June 16, 2022

Back in mid-March of 2020, when the pandemic hadn’t quite reached the U.S. yet but was devastating Italy, I interviewed five friends who were suffering through those early days of fear and panic. One of those friends was Judy Witts Francini, who lives in Tuscany, midway between Florence and Siena. I guess I might describe

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June 8, 2022

What comes to mind when you think of iconic Italian style? What is it about Italian fashion and design (and life in general!) that sets it apart from the rest? Is it the luxurious materials? The sophisticated designs? Or is it the glamorous way in which Italians wear their clothes? Everyone has a desired image

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April 20, 2022

According to those who track book club statistics, The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio garnered renewed interest in mid-2020. And if you’re familiar with the book, you know exactly why; its topical relevance would be impossible to miss. For those who aren’t familiar with the book, it’s a collection of 100 short tales as told by a

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February 27, 2022

There are a number of smartphone apps to learn Italian. A couple of the most popular are Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, but there are many. And all of these apps offer language instruction for many languages. For example, Duolingo is a free app that offers lessons in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish,

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February 22, 2022

Visiting Venice is a dream for many. And then there are those who are fortunate enough to live inside that dream every day. More appealing still when part of your job description is leading hungry tourists around that dreamy landscape in search of the best cicchetti and Spritz. I talk about all this on the

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January 10, 2022

Italian Winter Destinations to insprire your snow-filled fantasies. Spring can wait, go here now!

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