Category Archives: Italy

Travels in Italy

A Trip to Matera

Every year, a different town or region constructs the nativity scene (presepio) in the Piazza outside St. Peter’s Basilica and it is usually designed to reflect some aspect of the region. A few years ago, the city of Matera, which … Continue reading

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The Villa Farnese at Caprarola

After visiting Bomarzo, we still had a good chunk of the afternoon so we decided to visit the Villa Farnese at Caprarola which is not too far from Bomarzo. The Farnese family who were landowners in this part of the … Continue reading

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A Trip to Emilia-Romagna

First of all thank you to the readers who wrote me messages of encouragement about my blog. It’s nice to know that people enjoy it.  I will continue until there’s nothing more to write about. I have been back in … Continue reading

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Amalfi Coast Adventure

(click on pictures to enlarge) When my friends Wayne and Peter from Toronto came to visit and proposed that I join them on a trip to the Amalfi Coast, I was delighted to do so as I had not seen … Continue reading

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On the Move

(click on pictures to enlarge) I have joined a bookclub here in Rome and the first meeting I went to, was a discussion of ‘The Optician of Lampedusa’, by Emma Jane Kirby. The book is based on a true story … Continue reading

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More Than Just the Leaning Tower in Pisa

(click on pictures to enlarge) Loris and I never got around to visiting Pisa although we always mean’t to go. The train to Pisa goes from a train station that’s just five minutes from our apartment and we always thought … Continue reading

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60 km in Four Days

(click on pictures to enlarge) My foot has healed well I think, since I walked 60 km in 4 days this past week. Two more friends from Dublin came on a visit and the first day, we somehow covered 15 … Continue reading

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A Momentous May 21st

(click on pictures to enlarge) May 21st has always been a special day for me as it is Loris’ birthday. He would have been 68 this year. The only request he had made regarding his funeral arrangements was that the … Continue reading

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The Italian Healthcare System

(click on pictures to enlarge) Living in a foreign country, one doesn’t become familiar with the healthcare system unless the need arises. Unfortunately, the need arose and I’ve found more about healthcare in Italy in the past month than I … Continue reading

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Auguri di Buona Pasqua

(click on pictures to enlarge) Easter or Pasqua is a big festival in Italy. It marks the end of Lent which consists of 40 days of prayer, fasting and abstinence. Not that too many lay people take that seriously but … Continue reading

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