Italy Archive

September 13, 2013

To Italy from a changed world

On Monday, we return to the complicated country of Italy, paradoxically so elegant and beautiful while so politically rough and – well – less than beautiful. And yet it continues to charm. Rhythms change from region to region, customs vary – sometimes dramatically. Salted bread? Unsalted bread? Fork and knife for pizza? Hands? A fork […]

November 04, 2011

November 4th in Lucca

Today is the day Italians commemorate the end of WWI. Around the corner, a brass band plays patriotic music, and speeches are being made. It’s raining. The red tile roofs and the golden trees are a dramatic contrast to the grey sky. Very beautiful. The anthemic music, the handsome uniforms, the solemn faces and the […]