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The Leaning Tower of…Venice?

Much like an older sibling that seems to get all of the praise, the Leaning Tower of Pisa floats into our stream of conciousness as one of the most famous and recognizable structures in all of Italy, probably even in the world.  But did you know it’s not the only radically leaning building Details

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Borghi Più Belli

In 2001, Italy had a dream.  Tired of hearing the same old Rome, Florence, Venice stories from excited, wide eyed travelers, the Italian Tourism Board and National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) decided to spice things up a bit and broaden the average visitor’s horizons.  Bo Details

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Recipe: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

My favorite pasta and perhaps one of largest contributors to my Botticelli Belly has to be the Roman classic: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.  Also known as the go-to dish when you’ve had a few too many beverages and you need something quick and easy to prepare, this Italian version of bacon and Details

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Jet Lag

Jet Lag. We all get it, we all dislike it, and we all have our personal recipes of remedies and preventative measures to kill it until it dies. Now that I have triumphantly returned to the States, I present to you my top three ways to defeat it. Let it be noted that I am not a trained healthcar Details

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How to Apply for Italian Dual Citizenship

How do I Apply for Italian dual citizenship is a question I am asked all the time.  I discovered the application process will take you on an educational journey where you will discover your Italian ancestry at home, as well as in Italy.  Petitioning for ‘Italian citizenship by descent,’ at Details

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Italian Dual Citizenship: Italian Passport

Once I decided to get an Italian passport there was certainly no turning back.  Plans of obtaining an Italian citizenship were discussed with such passion that I had to move forward.  I realized I had absolutely no idea on how to get an Italian passport, so as a stalling technique, I decided I Details

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Italian Passports: Why Pursue Italian Citizenship?

Why should an American pursue Italian citizenship?  That’s a question I am often asked.  In the beginning, I thought having an Italian passport would be very cosmopolitan.  Everyone has their own reasons but mine was ‘I could’ and I was sure the process would be a simple form Details

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Return to Me

“Return to Me, O my dear, I’m so lonely. Hurry back, hurry back, O my love, hurry back and I am yours. Return to me, for my heart wants you only. Hurry home, Hurry home, Won’t you please hurry home to my heart?” Dean Martin seems to be singing these words to all those who

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The Beautiful and Talented Mr. Ripley

More sinister and also more exquisitely filmed is Anthony Minghella’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999). Matt Damon plays Tom Ripley, a young sociopathic con man, who gets himself sent to Ischia to find and bring home the very wealthy Dickie Greenleaf, pl Details

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