Category: Living in Italy

Me and Venice: A Work in Progress

As I looked down on Venice descending into Marco Polo airport, I didn’t get the surge of joy that I usually get when I see the rolling hills and tall cypress trees flying into Rome or Naples. The Venetian islands looked like hibernating frogs packed into the swampy laguna and I thought that this is […]

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Gaspara Stampa, Female Renaissance Poet

I found this ceramic plate a few years ago at a charity shop in Tufness Park. The back of it is stamped and says that it comes from the Guerrieri workshop on the Murano island in Venice. The phrase “Vivere ardendo e non sentire il male” can be roughly  translated as “To live in flames […]

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My Love For Italian Ceramics and Its History

You know that feeling when you finally notice something that you’ve been looking at or seeing for years and years and you realize that it is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? It’s kind of a cliché, but why is it? Why did it take you all that time to notice it? That’s how […]

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The History of Ferragosto in Italy

Happy Ferragosto everyone! It’s cloudy here in London and I’m sitting here reminiscing about all those Ferragostos in the past spent in Italy. All those hot, sunny days sitting with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all shouting at the table in a glorious cacophony of words, songs and plates and plates of food. But […]

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Feeling Homesick? Here’s What to Do.

I’ve been living abroad on and off for the past 15 years and I get homesick from time to time. It’s weird when it comes, it could come when I’m in England and some guy in a tie takes a bite of a potato skin with sour cream and says with a baffled look, “Oh, […]

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