As a non-Christian, I have to admit, I absolutely love Pope Francis!
I’ve finally recovered from the great big Italian family New Years dinner. I honestly think I ate my entire 2017 intake of food in one sitting! Now it’s back to reality (and work 😱). Well, I didn’t quite manage to move to Italy this year. But I got pretty close. I was lucky enough to…… Continue reading 2017 Buon Anno
Anyone that knows me, knows that as much as I have a love affair with Italy, there are equally as many things that drive me crazy. For some reason, there are certain things within Italy that are seem to be intentionally designed to be as overly complicated as possible. There seems to be no apparent…… Continue reading Things I hate about Italy. Part 1.
That’s it. Over. Despite it still being 30 degrees here, summer has officially ended. By now, most Italians have returned to their everyday lives in il rientro, abbronzato – tanned, refreshed, and exceptionally grumpy; as you might expect after some have enjoyed up to a month away, usually by the sea. It’s definitely noticeable on…… Continue reading The end of summer
‘O purpo se coce ‘int all’acqua soja. Or in Italian: Il polpo si cucina nell sua acqua. Is a Napolitan saying that means that you should let a prickly situation go and fail on its own. Or, let a person who does not accept advice have the experience at their own expense, so basically stubborn…… Continue reading The octopus is cooked in its own water
I’ve heard Venice being described as the Audrey Hepburn of Italian cities, and I have to agree with them. I remember the first time I visited, nearly 3 years ago (my first time in Italy in fact) one cold winters day, and being absolutely struck by the timeless beauty of it all. It embodies the…… Continue reading Venice
After falling in love with both Pino Daniele and Gomorrah simultaneously (and for very different reasons!), I felt like I needed to see the city of Naples for myself. Gomorrah is the mafia thriller series that I’ve been hooked on. I didn’t imagine that it would be particularly my mind of programme to watch, but…… Continue reading Travelling to the City of a Thousand Colours