Marcello Mellino

Dopo Cena

July 2020
It has always been so enjoyable to get out of the house after dinner for a leisurely due passi, particularly during the summer months.  The common tradition of fare due passi after sunset remains strong, particularly if spending a period of...


Se Potessi Andare

June 2020
Our world has certainly been turned into a new world over the last few months and it has been particularly difficult for me, and also for many of you, to realize that the possibility to comfortably travel back to Italy any time soon may be...


Nonni

May 2020
The current Italian developments related to the terrible COVID-19 pandemic makes me realize the profound sadness of the unthinkable tragedy involving the oldest part of the Italian population. Italy has long been one of the countries with the...


Italy, Now

April 2020
The sudden, surreal, new reality now dominating the Italian way of life is hard to comprehend. How did it happen, how long is this going to last and at what price? As I follow the daily news developments out of Italy, I try to imagine what I might...


Laundry Days

March 2020
Did you ever notice the colorful laundry hanging out the windows to dry around Italy, particularly if you happen to wander around some small town (fig. 1) in the countryside? The usually small apartments, by American standards, where most Italian...


La Dolce Vita

February 2020
If you have been in Italy a few times and wish to avoid the usual tourist traps, it might be fun to “do as the Romans do,” no matter where you might be visiting. Every town and village usually hosts a number of annual sagra or celebrations....


Norcia: Determination After Damage

January 2020
Last fall, I visited Norcia (fig. 1), in the heart of the Umbria region, where so much damage had been caused by several earthquakes over the last few years. It was reassuring to see so much life and beauty throughout this millenary town, known as...


Paesi Preferiti di Italia

December 2019
If I could go back to Italy tomorrow, where would I go? This is such an impossible question to answer since there is so much beauty to see that a lifetime would probably not be enough! However, I think I would likely land in Venezia.  In...


Buon Appetito!

November 2019
A common question I get from friends about travelling to Italy is, "can you recommend a couple of good restaurants there?" This is practically impossible to answer given the number and the variety of restaurants and other eateries throughout Italy;...


A Visit to Labro

October 2019
Labro is a tiny village (fig. 1) within the Province of Rieti, northeast of Rome, overlooking the Piediluco lake (fig. 2). Its population amounts to no more than 100 people, but that likely triples during the summer.  Historians have said...


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