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A suggestion for your 4th trip to Italy

On your first trip to Italy you no doubt made stops in Rome, Florence and Venice with possible side trips that included Siena, San Gimignano, Verona and Padua. The second time through you likely found time for any combination of Sicily, Puglia, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Cinque Terre, Milan, Lake Como, Turin and Genoa. The third…

Berlusconi’s daughter, a labor leader and Milan’s archbishop…the same in more ways than one

Quick quiz…what do Silvio Berlusconi’s 29-year-old daughter, the head of Italy’s largest labor union and Milan’s archbishop have in common? Yes, they are all Italian, they all have blond hair (actually the archbishop’s hair is grey, but we’ll call it blond) and they all were born in Milan (another fudge since the Berlusconi scion actually…

Francesco looking as fresh as can be after completing his 30th Milano-San Remo.

Milano-San Remo – made it

In my many long walks, including from the Italian-Swiss border to Otranto in southeastern Italy, I have learned a very important lesson: no matter what you have done and no matter how incredible you think your latest accomplishment is, there is somebody who has done more, longer, faster and under more difficult conditions. Case in…