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Dante in Space

As a token of my sincere apology for my long absence, allow me to share with you: Dante in space!

For non-italophones, this is a video of Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, first Italian woman in space, reading the first canto of the Paradiso in the International Space Station. 136 more words

My Italian Language Barrier (Or Why Italy Has A Phone With A Safety Button)

My dream vacation had always been Italy. I landed in Milan in 2001 and started my journey. My lack of Italian language skills did not deter me from enjoying a cruise on the famed waters of Venice; or finding the David in Florence (both the fake outside the Palazzo Vecchio and the original secured safely inside the Accademia Gallery). 646 more words


Run of the Mill

Somedays, the runs are just… runs. Today I had 8 on my schedule. I completed it with.. ease wouldn’t be quite the right word, but it was far from difficult. 505 more words



Baccelli are a Spring time ritual in Toscana. In fact you won’t find them anywhere else. In Rome, where they are equally popular, and perhaps even better, they go by another more common name, “Fave.” They are the similar sounding Fava for the Americans, and Broad Beans for the Brits. 98 more words


Florence Part 2 - The Uffizi (A Summary)

The next most memorable moment in Florence for me came at my first visit to the Uffizi Gallery. We were prepared with our tickets, so we thankfully avoided the immense crowd of people buying theirs on site. 655 more words



A short four day break in Florence.  This city has to be on any photographers list who likes to capture anything from gorgeous interiors of buildings, to stunning exterior architecture, and of course people and interesting situations.

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Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469, in Florence, Italy. He eventually became a man who lived his life for politics and patriotism. Right now, however, he is associated with corrupt, totalitarian government. 133 more words