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Landslides and Flooding in Cinque Terre

I was planning to tempt the mid-November weather Gods and visit Cinque Terre for the first time later this month. That’s not going to happen now since they beat me by about three weeks.  Severe storms hit the area on October 25, triggering massive flooding and landslides. Most severely hit were Vernazza and Monterosso; I […]
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Deredia in Rome

I’m not sure if you could find a better setting for collection of these pieces by Costa Rican sculptor…

Vinicio Capossela

Discovered this Italian singer from Putomayo’s Music From the Winelands compilation. Simply Fabulous. Here’s an interview with Capossela with NPR’s All Things Considered last January. “I have an attitude about the grotesque in my shows,” Capossela says. “I like to scare people a little, but then make them feel…
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Weegee in Milano

Meant to post this months ago, but there’s still a little time: If you’ve watched old Hollywood crime films…

July pic(k)s

I had an accordion forced upon me at an early age. I wanted to play guitar, but my parents insisted I be a good…

30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Rome

Hotel Luciani Via Milazzo, 8 00185 Rome, Italy Luciani is one of the dozens (or perhaps hundreds?) of little hotels that appear in every nook and cranny near Rome’s Termini (main) train station. A tiny room, Spartan bed, old bedstand, barred windows and rickety closet gave this place the feel of prison chic. But looks […]
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Mandatory blog-licensing in Italy?

A distinct possibility, according to popular Italian blogger and political activist Beppe Grillo. Ricardo Franco Levi, a confidante of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, authored a draft law which would mandate all bloggers to register their blogs, pay taxes and submit to government regulation. Italy’s Council of Ministers approved the draft on 12…
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On more quick Udine follow-up… This week marks the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Caporetto…

Italian baggage

Hauled these bottles home from a recent visit to Rome, and humbly seek your suggestions, comments, notes, etc. on…

San Vittore Olana

Sleepy town, a Milanese suburb about 35 minutes from Milano Centrale. Not much here, but I did find these cool…