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Galleria Doria Pamphilj

I made a deal with myself in November: I would visit at least one museum each week. Except for the Christmas holiday weeks, I’ve done well. So far I have two favorites—the Museo di Roma (Museum of Rome, on Piazza … Continue reading

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Paradise in Tuscany: Villa Bordoni

I’ve been hungry for chicken fricassee (fricassee di pollo) for the past couple of days. When I think of chicken fricassee, I remember the four magical days that Michael, his brother (Charlie), and I spent last September at Villa Bordoni on a hill just west of Greve-in-Chianti. I … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve 2013: A Feast at La Pergola

Italians eat fish on Christmas Eve and meat on Christmas day, so we decided to celebrate one of these traditions by eating at Rome’s only three-Michelin-star restaurant, La Pergola, on Christmas Eve. The restaurant sits atop the Rome Cavalieri Hotel, … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays 2013

In almost every Italian home at Christmas you will find a presepio—a Nativity scene or a Christmas crib. Some presepi are enormous with life-size figures; some are so tiny that they fit into an egg shell. Some are elaborate with … Continue reading

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Addicted to Spreadable Salami

Last week Michael received a wondrous and enormous food basket overflowing with pasta, cheeses, polenta, salumi, candy, and other tasty treats. So far, everything has been delicious, but my favorite is something I had never heard of: a large casing of spreadable … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights on Via del Corso Celebrate Gays, Then Mandela

During the holiday season, streets in Italian villages and cities sport Christmas lights, a different color and style for each street. Via del Corso, a main street in the downtown shopping area in Rome, has strings of lights that run … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2013

On Sunday, December 8, Catholics around the world celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Like many non-Catholics, I thought the Immaculate Conception meant that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born; instead it means that she, like only … Continue reading

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