February 28, 2015 | Rome, Italy | Partly Cloudy 16°C

Chips must fall

The Amanda Knox case heads for a possible final reckoning as Italy's top appellate court prepares to rule in Rome.

The power

Associating with an extremist group, whatever its persuasion, is as simple as wanting to belong.

The Danish phase

Does falling in love with a country while you're on vacation from Rome qualify as cheating?


In World War II, an American general dished out a terse reply that soon became famous.

Memories of migration

Once upon a time, taking an Italian family vacation meant pulling up roots — or close.


Area 51

Après nous

The Arab Spring, like the Prague Spring before it, ended badly — but no one chooses to remember.

Milan Notebook

The home front

All over north Italy's principle city are mention of people and places that played a key role in World War I.

Psych Dept.

Shaky comparisons

When it comes to parenting, some studies compare apples to oranges and leave out windmills.

In the Sticks

A proper mayor

Life in small-town (and often small-minded) Tuscany doesn't always come with a welcome mat.

Fuori Mappa

Flavia's passion

How a professional dancer from Bologna landed in New York and built a life that's true to who she is.


Slices of life

Cell staining is vital to biologists and doctors, but it also dishes up a stunning kind of artistry.

La Una


Stia's Museo dell'Arte della Lana is a good example of a functional and informative museum.

American Girl

Memories of power

Becoming part of an extremist group, whatever its goals, can be as simple as wanting to belong.


Red side of the tracks


Closing Argument

Chips must fall

The Amanda Knox case heads for a possible final reckoning as Italy's top appellate court prepares to rule.


The Economist

A delicate uptick

Europe's economy is showing signs of waking up, but Greece and Ukraine stand in the way of outright optimism.



Ego and perseverance

Drake can be at once exasperating and exciting, but above all he's a consummate survivor.


2nd Generation

The Danish phase

Does falling in love with a country while you're on vacation from Rome qualify as cheating?

Lost in Translation

Butterscotch candy

The presence or absence of loving grandparents can give shape to yearning as life goes forward.


The special one

Dealing daily with a seven-year-old whose brain resists the normal is a huge maternal challenge.

That's Queer

The God tax

If you're going to fund faith, then find one with a decent Jesus — like the Waldensians.



Nick and Mary had decided to visit all 50 states, until another kind of visitation intervened.


Rye Wyt

I also have a saw!

When you offer to help with home improvement in Rome, it helps to get the key words right.

History 102

Death in Venice

For Richard Wagner, Venice was shelter from the storm, too often of his own making.

The Farm

Don't mind the gap

The British should take a course from Italy when it comes to leaning to relax with kids around.


Cheese differences

Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gran Padano share a venerable lineage but they're definitely not twins.


Property taxes

Italian big city property taxes far remain lower than Paris, London or New York but are rising.


Dead of winter

At Trento's MART, a look back at World War I, also films in English.


In Cucina

Lucifer's treat

Deliciously spicy polla alla diavola requires few ingredients, but lots of attention to technique.

In Provincia

Keep the belly

Slow Sundays in in the dead of an Umbrian winter seemed tailor made to begin cooking up porchetta.

Da Germano

Keeping it simple

When fussy kids get in the way of reading about Carlo Cracco's delights, it's time to get simple.

Suzanne's Taste


Give a man a supermarket shopping list and the joker's wild ("Didn't we need batteries…")

Vino Infinito

Memories of migration

Once upon a time (try 1980), an Italian family vacation meant pulling up roots, or close.

Pete Pescatore

Red side of the tracks

When parsing Milan's underworld connections gets dicey, think Argentine red, as in Malbec.


IN FOCUS: Calvary

Brendan Gleeson is typically engaging as an Irish Catholic priest faced with a menacing dilemma.

1,001 MOVIES: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton is the mesmerizing fall guy in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s movie about acting, celebrity and identity.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Growing up boys

Having three brothers gives a movie like Richard Licklater's "Boyhood" an added dimension.


SCRIPTORIUM: Munro's damaged lives

Canadian Nobel winner Alice Munro's final collection depends on deft portrayals of small-town sadness.


In a novel with autobiographical hues, Norwegian Per Petterson considers friendship and lost time.

RECENT REVIEWS: Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal

American writer Michael Mewshaw generously recalls Gore Vidal and his tumultuous times.

Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

Everything you need to know about visiting or moving to Tuscany, Italy.

Butterscotch candy
Drake's ego
Special ones
Town gripes
Belly stories