A Roman Comes to Visit–with a Camera and Tripod

My friends, Pall and Birgit, took a few days off as trekking guides in Cinque Terre to meet friends in southern Italy recently. They were meeting Roman Loranc and his companion Nadareh (an Iranian name), there to photograph a small town that turned out not to be all they had hoped it might be. . . . → Read More: A Roman Comes to Visit–with a Camera and Tripod

Evey Jones—An American Artist Embraced by Spello

One of my fellow students, with both of us studying Italian language and culture with Angelo Mazzoli, is Evey Jones. She is a print maker from New Mexico, and has traveled for several years to Italy to spend time here, to learn the language, and to continue to grow as an artist here. She . . . → Read More: Evey Jones—An American Artist Embraced by Spello

Interlude with the Devine Quartet

Last spring, I heard from my friend Dee that a couple she knows in Nevada City, CA, was putting together a trip to Italy in the fall, and she asked me if I’d be willing to help them plan parts of their trip. I was, and I did, and soon they were planning on . . . → Read More: Interlude with the Devine Quartet

Desperately Seeking Spello—A Real Estate Search with the Trowells

About three years ago, here in Spello, I was dragging my groceries up the hill from the supermercato when I ran into a couple speaking English. I introduced myself, and instantly became their tour guide for Spello, explaining what we were passing as I dragged my grocery cart all the way up the hill . . . → Read More: Desperately Seeking Spello—A Real Estate Search with the Trowells

Time to return to Spello

The suitcase is out, the odds and ends that I carry back to Spello have been gathered, and I am beginning to prepare for a departure soon. As usual, I think that customs must look at the contents of my suitcase and wonder, “WHAT is this woman thinking?” I am carrying a plastic storage . . . → Read More: Time to return to Spello

Striking the “Gru”

Here in Spello, a red construction crane (“gru”) has been an unwelcomed part of the skyline of the town for more than two years. The diocese has been converting the San Lorenzo church to apartments for “sale” to the elderly (with the price dependent on the age of the buyers, and upon the deaths . . . → Read More: Striking the “Gru”

A Quick Trip to Pissignano

The first Sunday of each month is the huge Arezzo antiques fair, and I say often that “I never miss it.” This month, with a downpour on the Saturday of the sale, I didn’t give it a thought. Normally I go to Arezzo on Saturday, and then go with Leonardo and Paola to the . . . → Read More: A Quick Trip to Pissignano

The Legend of San Silvestro

On the same day that I visited the Vallegloria Vecchia convent, now crumbling and being invaded by natural forces reclaiming the ancient building, Angelo drove me to San Silvestro monastery, now the residence of a few nuns who keep up the property, and host people who come for quiet contemplation and religious retreats. It . . . → Read More: The Legend of San Silvestro

A Visit to Vallegloria Vecchia Convent

Here in the Piazza Vallegloria in Spello, named for the convent that takes up a large part of the piazza, the church and convent are “new,” since the 1300s, when the order left their old convent up on Mount Subasio to come down to the safety of Spello and its city walls. They carried . . . → Read More: A Visit to Vallegloria Vecchia Convent

The Hongos visit Anne in Florence

I have been friends with Anne Boulamakis in Florence since my first trip to Italy in 2003, but the reason we became acquainted was that Anne’s sister-in-law, Sandy Hongo, worked with my husband in Sacramento. Sandy is a tax CPA (now retired), and we have been friends with Sandy and Gary, her husband (Anne’s . . . → Read More: The Hongos visit Anne in Florence