Category Archives: English

12 Puzzles to test your brain

These brainteasers appeared in Corriere della sera after appearing in the Daily Mail.  The answers are at the end.  Peter’s Headache Peter has a terrible headache.  His doctor gave him 5 pills to relieve the pain, telling him to take one … Continue reading

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Beautiful Italian Gardens

1.  Villa Ottolenghi, Acqui Terme (Alessandria): 2.  Palazzo Malinger di Bagnolo, Bagnolo Piemonte (Cuneo): 3.  Giardino Giusti, Verona: 4.  Villa Arvedi, Grezzana (Verona): 5.  Castello di San Pelagio, Due Carrare (Padova): 6.  Giardini di Villa della Pergola, Alassio (Savona): 7.  Villa Peyron, … Continue reading

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The Best and the Worst in Italian and American Health Care

In 2000 the World Health Organization ranked the Italian healthcare system the second-best on the planet, a ranking that was based solely on access to care and health outcomes such as life expectancy.  In 2019, the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, … Continue reading

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The Holy Grail of the “Monuments Men”

Last week I described the set of stamps that Italy issued to honor Il Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale (Tpc), the special branch of the Carabinieri dedicated to the protection of Italy’s artistic heritage.  Five of the six … Continue reading

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Italy’s “Monuments Men” … and Women

Italy has the inglorious record of having the highest number of art thefts in the world. But Italy is also home to some of the most incredible art in the western world. Italy is also the first country in the world … Continue reading

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The King of Cheeses

Among the 10 Commandments of Italian cooking are:  Never put cream in Carbonara sauce; never put pineapple on pizza; and never put cheese on a fish dish.  The laws are constantly challenged by foreigners and are met with a range … Continue reading

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Ponzi Schemes

He is an Italian tennis champion known for his consistency, balance, and sportsmanship on and off the court.  But, as the Italian newspapers reported recently, Andreas Seppi, a 35-year old top Italian tennis player, became a victim in a fraudulent … Continue reading

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