Monthly Archives: April 2011

Why Italian bureaucrats make me seethe

Post-traumatic stress disorder: that well known syndrome often experienced after visiting an Italian post office. I’m not kidding, on the occasions when I pop down to the local post office, and take my number from the ticket-dispenser, I frequently succumb … Continue reading

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Ladispoli’s ‘sagra’ is no choking matter

The annual artichoke festival of Ladispoli: a chaotic, noisy, messy weekend dedicated – despite the funfair atmosphere and market stalls – to the serious adulation and veneration of that leafy green globe. It all began in 1950, when the comune … Continue reading

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Galleria Alessandro VII Chigi gets a makeover at the Quirinale

The Hall of Alexander VII Chigi: a 75m-long triumph of art and architecture inside the Quirinal Palace in Rome, official residence of the president of the Italian Republic. This September (2011) it will be opening to the public following a … Continue reading

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Casa Internazionale delle Donne: a haven from harsh realities

Once every three days, a woman in Italy is killed by her partner or close relative. Many women don’t admit – not even to themselves – that they are the victims of domestic violence. Some don’t believe they deserve a … Continue reading

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Why Bikesharing in Rome ain’t much of a passeggiata

The traffic in Rome is obnoxious. We all know this. It obeys no rules known to civilised drivers, goes either too fast along the river or too slow on the Grande Raccordo Anulare in rush hour. I could go on, … Continue reading

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