Burnt by the Tuscan Sun

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Burnt by the Tuscan Sun
An American living in Italy takes off her rose-colored glasses to reveal what life is really like through the trials & tribulations of daily living in the country known for it's 'Quality of Life'.
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  • In Vino Veritas? Not in Italy 4 days ago For a fully wine-producing country (whose output has just outpaced France), truth doesn't seem to flow out of the carafe all so easily. In fact, anyone who has read my book will know that I entertain a number of theories on why Italians play so fast and loose with the truth [Spoiler Alert: I think...
  • Nuns on a Bus 1 month ago Picture from Treggia's BlogI've said it before, and I'll say it again (and again!),¬†Italians have a lot of superstitions. Some of them are endearing only 'cuz it reminds you of your granma...or nonna...as the case may be. Others, because the Italians - having had to put up with all sorts of...
  • One of Life's Great Italian Mysteries....Solved! 3 months ago Well, this is embarrassing. For 20-odd years I have invented every sort of superstition known to man in my head to explain the odd practice I found in every town from top to toe of the Italian Boot: That is, the placing of plastic water bottles - full of water - in front of one's doorway. Aside...
  • Advertising in Italy - A Course in Cross-Cultural Living 3 months ago Seeing that it's awards season, I thought I'd bring one of my periodic Advertising Age round-ups on where Italy stands in communicating their special gifts to the masses. I'm afraid to say that if it weren't for plastering posters all over every single surface in town, no one would pay attention to...
  • Italian Fashion for Kids in Italy - Seriously Mini-Me's 5 months ago Even Benetton's World of Colours are often muted.A friend of mine with a newborn was opening some gifts left at the office. She said, Now wait for it. They will be the most gorgeous clothes you've ever seen - but all in greys and blacks. I mean, the clothes here in Italy are so beautiful - you can...

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