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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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Getting Italian Citizenship Through Marriage

Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren in ‘Marriage Italian Style’ Next year I’ll be able to apply for my Italian citizenship. (Thank you, Davide!) I’m starting now because it’s going to take awhile. For those of you who have to go through the same thing, I’m going to tell you how to do it. Collect the […]

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sour dough bread

“Don’t Eat the Stale Bread Dry”

When I was 19, a few weeks after my Nonna Concetta died, I had a dream about her. Me and my cousins were in a car, cruising around Ischia, one of the islands in the bay of Naples where my grandmother was from. We came across a house on top of a hill. My grandmother […]

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