Etta’s experiences teaching Italian university students as a William J. Fulbright scholar, teaching US university students abroad, and her onsite research in Italian archives feed her love for All Things Italy. Gain a taste by subscribing to her newsletter and blog and following on social media. 

Ground Hog Day in Italy?

February 2024 All Things Italy A February afternoon’s bright sunshine, greenery, and shadows in Rome’s park of the Villa Doria Pamphili Greetings, Friends!  I hope you’re celebrating that February is upon us—if for no other...
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When Life Gives You Lemons . . . January 2024 All Things Italy

Potted lemon trees in Tuscany’s June sunshine. The trees had been inside a protective limonaia in January. Dear Friends:  As the winter’s first snow spits and sizzles outside my window, I’m grateful to be sitting...
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From Rome in 1869 to Chioggia in 2023 December All Things Italy

Thomas Buchanan Read’s The Angel Appearing before the Shepherds, painted in Rome, 1869-70. Image from the Dayton Art Institute & Wikimedia Commons. Dear Friends:  December is upon us, with its short days and long, dark...
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Utopian Visions From New Harmony to Naples November 2023 All Things Italy

Reconstructed log cabins and the David Lenz house (white structure on the right), built by Harmonists ca. 1819-22, in the historic district of New Harmony, Indiana. Dear Friends, Last month I visited New Harmony, Indiana, twice—my fourth...
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Environmentalism Past & Present: A View from 19th-Century Italy  October 2023 All Things Italy

The seaside town of Pegli, near Genoa, in 2022, looking west toward France Dear Italy-Loving Friends: I hope your October is off to a good start. In so much of the US, it has not...
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How to Hug a Goat & other thoughts of holding tight to traditions September 2023 All Things Italy

Goats near Messina in Sicily, from Sicilianu102, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Dear friends,  First, a welcome to the newcomers to All Things Italy. I’m glad to have you on board for this...
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Summer Dog Days–Time for Streaming & Reading August 2023 All Things Italy 

Dear Friends:  Since returning from Italy last month, I’ve hunkered down in Missouri. On a neighborhood walk this week, I saw some local grapes fattening up, which recall the little babies I saw in Tuscany...
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Why Group Travel? July 2023 All Things Italy

Our small group at the Santuario della Verna in Umbria. The site is associated with St. Francis of Assisi. Photo Credit: Jenn Simmons Why Group Travel? Reflections on a Recent Pilgrimage  Dear Friends:  I’ve been...
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All Things Italy May 2023 

End of Year, End of Career?  Tulips outside the New York Public Library's Schwarzman Building May marks the end of the school year for many of us in the US. It’s full of proms, award...
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All Things Italy April 2023 What Palermo Promises

Dear Friends:  Last month I promised more insights from my time in Sicily—specifically, Palermo and its surroundings. Then, last week I shared on social media a bit from Edith Wharton’s 1928 novel The Children. Specifically,...
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All Things Italy March 2023 Is the Jet Lag Worth It?

Sunrise over the sea at Siracusa, Sicily, March 1. Rising at this hour, around 7, and to this beauty, is more feasible for me than arising in the dark. Dear Friends (& new subscribers--welcome!): Earlier...
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All Things Italy February 2023

Time Warp and Culture Waves  Not far from Rome's colosseum, a skateboard park constructed for a 2022 competition bustles with activity on a winter Sunday afternoon--a striking juxtaposition of sports for the people, present and...
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