Category Archives: Life in Italy

Italian Keys

I was instantly charmed the first time I was handed the keys to my very first Italian apartment. The long skeleton key seemed implausible. It was about four inches high with two prongs and looked nothing like the serrated house keys of my childhood.  These long skeleton keys remain the norm in Italy, where reinforced […]

Bidets in Italy

white toilet and bidet

What comes to your mind when someone says ‘Italy’? Handsome animated plumbers? Rolling hills and white wine? Maybe a bright red Vespa? For many amused American travelers, the answer often comes down to the humble bidet一 the butt of many a joke. Bidets, a French invention, are essentially large sinks that users can squat over. […]