Category Archives: English

Who is the Real Master of the House?

It’s the cat…according to Abigail Tucker, an American science journalist.  She wrote a book entitled, The Lion in the Living Room:  How house cats tamed us and took over the world.  The author maintains that we humans are the true … Continue reading

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“The Nest”

I saw an Italian film in January 2017 at the Santa Barbara Film Festival called “Il Nido” (the Nest).  The film is set in a small town called Bucco, perhaps near the Swiss-Italian border.  I think it is a fictional … Continue reading

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Why are so many Italian Masterpieces found outside of Italy today?

In museums and private collections around the world, there are thousands and thousands of Italian paintings, sculptures, tapestries and other works of art that have left the shores of Italy over the centuries through means both legal and not so … Continue reading

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Driving in Tuscany

In general, Americans think that Italians are crazy drivers.  Perhaps it’s a stereotype about Italy.  But I remember that when I was in Naples, it seemed that those at the wheel rarely respected the street lights, considered other street signs … Continue reading

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Why the word “mafia” is never uttered in The Godfather

The Godfather (1972) is one of the most famous and best loved films of all times.  It won 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  But there are some people who believe that films about the Mafia only depict or reinforce … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of the Riace Bronzes

The deep-sea diver, who was a Roman chemist, found them in August of 1972.  At 300 meters from the coast of Riace, at 8 meters deep, the diver first saw an arm.  He thought it belonged to a cadaver.  At … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of Italy: A Tour of Santa Barbara, California

It all began here…at the corner of Olive and Cota Streets.  At the turn of the 20th century, as Italian immigrants flooded into the east coast of the United States, few people knew that on the west coast in Santa … Continue reading

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