The Accidental Miscreant

As I've mentioned earlier, Italians love to scold. They'll shake their heads, wag their fingers, cluck their tongues at you for all kinds...

The importance of buon giorno

I've just been looking through old notes about my experiences years ago in Florence, when I took an 8-week crash course in Italian...

Not Quite at Home Yet

The more time I spend in Italy, the more I’m aware of what a stranger I am, culturally. It’s funny to say that because I think of Italian...

Culture Quiz, Exercise I

According to Italian mothers, which of the following threats to life and limb is MOST to be feared? a) drafts b) damp skin (from...

Taking de-bate

There are certain observations Antonio or I will make in the other’s presence that never fail to trigger a lightly combative response,...