What I Learned About Happiness While Traveling in Italy

Roberto Benigni's (La Vita e Bella) brilliant portrayal of a Jewish Italian father who uses his optimism and fertile imagination to protect his son from the horrors of imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp is an inspiring example of the Italian perspective of happiness. A manipulation of circumstances that can look beyond the most dire events. An Italian perspective of happiness is the assumption that joy is the … Continue reading What I Learned About Happiness While Traveling in Italy

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In Italy April Fish Fly

Today is April Fool's Day. In Italy it is called pesce d’aprile . Yes, pesce as in fish. Seems it has something to do with the zodiac, the changing of the seasons and the constellation Pisces. In past times Genoans were known to throw fish. Today in Italy pranksters tag your back with paper cutouts of a pesciolino (small fish) shouting  L’hai  visto?—Chi?—Il … Continue reading In Italy April Fish Fly