Monthly Archives: March 2013

Merry Easter from Italy

Easter in Italy has a different feel from Easter in the states. I know that sounds vague, but you know the way days feel different. Saturdays have a Saturday feel. And that feeling is different from a Sunday feel and distinctly different from a Monday feel. Mondays are easy. It has to do with alarm […]

Murder and Passion in Perugia Italy

  “Guilty,” Francesco said with a hand slap on the table. “Amanda Knox is guilty. “The bleach proves it conclusively.” “The bleach?” I asked. “What bleach?” “The bleach, you know. She went to the store the morning after the murder to buy bleach. She said it was to do the wash.” It was clear that […]

High Mass Gone Out For An Evening Stroll in Italy

The haunting melody of 100 voices came seeping through the window of our restored apartment in a 200-year-old building. That’s the way it is. In Italy, you can be insulated from the world outside, but not isolated. When the green shutters are open, the sights, sounds and smells find their way in. And we like […]

Bodies in the Trunk Italian Politics

Picture this: Silvio Berlusconi at the wheel of a Ford Figo, three buxom girls in the trunk … bound and gagged. The racy ad, made in India, has ignited Italian passion. There’s lots going on it Italy. It’s holy week. The new pope and the emeritus pope chatted at Castel Gandolfo about the Vatican scandals. […]

Wildcats and tame cats in Italy

I arrived early for an eight o’clock dinner at a fun Milanese restaurant called Da Willy. Because of Milan’s un-navigable streets and peculiar ecological restrictions, it’s best when driving from my home in Como to park at a public lot outside the city and take the subway in. That’s what I did last night, giving […]

Does Anyone Have the Time in Italy?

Oh no. Not daylight savings time again. It’s the world’s device to make the most out of daylight, but I think it’s a dreadful little scheme to keep me in the dark. It’s just too difficult for the mathematically impaired, like me. I’m a word guy. I didn’t always feel this way. There was a […]

Slippery Silvio, like Tricky Dick, won’t do time

It’s not exactly “Acqua-gate,” but Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to jail again, this time he got a year for wire tapping a political opponent. Sound familiar? In another country, a jail sentence would put a crimp in plans to lead the country, but this is Italy, and he’ll never do the time. If this […]