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Rome, the Eternal City

With tourist season upon us, wouldn’t you like to know a bit more about Rome the Eternal City? Just for when you’re lucky enough to find yourself over here in the boot?!! Well first off, Rome is known as the Eternal City and as Caput Mundi. A Latin word which means capital of the world.

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Ye Old Shoe Shop

Italy still has many little mom and pop businesses, although fewer than when we first arrived 30 years ago. These small shops, from tiny grocers and appliance stores, to shoe repair shops and fruit stands, are pratically icons of Italian society.

More than just a shop, don’t expect to just run in and out. The clerks, like in this rather messy shoe repair shop, take time to chat. You’re sure to find out how so and so’s uncle Mario is doing, hear about Signora Teresa’s aches and pains, and learn all that the present mayor is doing wrong (or right).

Shopping is more than just filling your list. It’s a chance to connect with the community. And you know, it’s good to be a part of it all. Certainly it gets tiresome at times. But in today’s world of impersonal online communications and shopping – I wouldn’t want it any other way! How about you?

In Italy, shopping is more than just checking off your list. It’s a chance to connect with the community and be a part of it all!

Image is mine.

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Save Abruzzo’s Rare Bear On Holiday [Video]

All parts of the world, including Italy, have their share of endangered species. And Italy’s list is, in fact, growing. From snails and insects to the beautiful, noble, and critically endangered Sicilian Fir Tree. As well as the Aeolian Wall Lizard, found only on a few Italian islands. And one which hits a little closer to home for us: Italy’s Marsican Brown Bear here in Abruzzo.

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Italy’s Top Museums: My Top 5

Now just in case you’re thinking: “Great a boring list of museums!” – never fear! I’ve also included interesting facts about them, because I find mere lists pretty boring too. So read on and discover what makes these five museums (out of Italy’s more than 3,000) special! Why, for instance, the man responsible for making one of the museums so famous never even wanted to take the job!

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Italy’s Mud Volcanoes

Mud volcanoes, or mud domes, are pseudo volcanoes, as they do not produce lava and are not necessarily driven by magmatic activity. They are found in various parts of Italy and in most parts of the world including Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Various types exist and some are even artificial.

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The Italian Passeggiata

As the sun wanes in the western sky the cool evening air beckons to all Italians everywhere to take to the streets – for la passeggiata. Young and old, and in between – it’s time for the evening promenade.