16 Luscious Italian Words And Phrases You Need In Your Life

I’m back in Italy now, leading the 2017 Glam Italia Tours. Are you following us on Instagram?

If you are following us in real time, today we are on our way to one of my favorite cities in the world, Rome. I am always deliriously excited to get back to the eternal city, so it seems appropriate that today’s blog post is all about some absolutely delicious Italian words and phrases to wrap your tongue around. These came to me a few years ago via Buzzfeed, and were put together by Luke Lewis.

Remember ~ everything sounds better in Italian!

16 Luscious Italian Words And Phrases You Need In Your Life


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Unusual Things To Do In Rome ~ The Cemetery For Non Catholic Foreigners

It’s day four of this week’s series about unusual things to do in Rome.

Everybody visits the Colosseum, The Vatican, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps when they go to Rome. While these sights are sensational they are just the very tip of the iceberg – there is so much more to see and do in Rome!

That’s why this week I’m looking at other things to do while you’re in the eternal city, things that are a little more unusual.

So far this week we looked at the Teatro Marcello, the

Jewish Ghetto and the Pyramid of Cestius. Today we are visiting the Cemetery For Non Catholic Foreigners, which just happens to be at the base of the pyramid.

The entrance to the cemetery

The Cemetery For Non Catholic Foreigners

I love going to French cemeteries. Resplendent in statues of wailing women and aching angels they are spectacular to visit. Italian cemeteries tend to be more streamlined, more about the business of the dead. This one however is beautiful. Statues, gardens, flowered walkways – it is gorgeous. And it has some fantastic statues, wailing.


This cemetery was the final resting place for all kinds of fascinating folk including, Keats, Shelley and Goethe.









Located in the Testaccio neighborhood, which borders Ostiense,
the Cemetery For Non Catholic Foreigners also has a park-like area from which you can look at the Pyramid of Cestius.

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one of my travelers fraternizing with the felines

In the ruins at the base of the pyramid there is a cat sanctuary!


Romans love cats and provide sensational sanctuaries for strays, in this case, the fattest stray cats you will ever see.
These fat cats roam the cemetery, stretch out their full bellies on the walls in the sunshine, and generally enjoy life.
They are medically treated, spayed and kept very healthy.

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one of the cat ladies lining up giant bowls of tuna for the fat cat strays

An added bonus are the crazy cat ladies who work the sanctuary and walk through the cemetery with giant bowls of food for the felines. Like caricatures of themselves they speak to my deepest fears of one day becoming a crazy cat lady myself. Although if you are going to be a crazy cat lady, you might as well be one in Rome!


To find the Cemetery For Non Catholic Foreigners take Via Marmorata from the bottom of the Aventine Hill in the direction of the Aurelian Wall. Look for the giant pyramid gleaming in the sunshine and you will find the cemetery sitting right beside it.


In Salerno ~ From The Glam Italia 2 Tour


This year the Corinna B’s World Glam Italia Tour took in the Amalfi Coast from a different angle. Instead of staying in Sorrento, Positano or Praiano as we have done in the past, this time we stayed at the bottom end of the Amalfi Coast in one of my new absolute favorite places in Italy, the magnificent and almost tourist free Salerno. 
I am in love with this glorious little city on the water.

my giant door in Salerno

In Salerno I live behind a giant door.
A door so big you can’t quite believe it.

arriving home at night we are dwarfed by the door

There’s a courtyard behind this door and a big old palazzo that is now apartments.

courtyard, Salerno

When the plaster falls away there are signs of the life centuries ago.

artwork peeping through the layers of plaster
there is always something hidden under the layers of plaster and paint

A narrow alley runs between palazzi built so close together you could jump from one to the next if bandits attacked in the night.

the alleyway between the two palazzi, from my bedroom balcony

The cross breeze blows through the curtains making them float like ghosts in the night.

bedroom curtains at night

My home in Salerno is on a very narrow street. Not much more than two arms wide and as old as the hills.

my street in Salerno
yellow scooter in Salerno

Ideal for scooters and tiny cars, a suburban couldn’t even make the bend.


Run by byzantine gangs in another lifetime, my street is now artsy and cool.

my street in Salerno

There is a stunning cathedral a half block away with St Matthew’s bones.

Duomo San Matteo in Salerno was built between 1080 and 1085
San Matteo, Salerno
popes were buried at Duomo San Matteo, Salerno

The is an 8th Century castle up on the hill, standing over all who breathe the air below.

Castello di Arechi, Salerno

Laura from the cafe has young sons who play in the piazza while we talk over espressos in the morning and white wine at night. She tells me she dreams of one day seeing Miami.

morning cappuccino at Laura’s
Laura’s cafe and bar, seen from her garden terrace across the piazza

Anna owns a restaurant in a converted 5th century chapel. It’s called Taverna Santa Maria De Domno. I cannot go to Salerno and not eat there at least once.
Her food is so good you have to eat it as slowly as you can. It fills your soul while it fills your belly. and she tells stories that make you cry you laugh so hard.

inside the Taverna Santa Maria De Domno. Salerno
Inside Taverna Santa Maria De Domno, Salerno

Sunday mornings call for sugar.

Sunday morning sugar, Salerno

The beachfront promenade is the loveliest on the entire Amalfi Coast.

Lungomare Salerno
the waterfront in Salerno

I can’t wait to get back to Salerno.

Where to stay in Salerno

Book an apartment in a centuries old, renovated palazzo in the historical center of Salerno.
I stay HERE a half block behind the beautiful Duomo San Matteo. The apartment is perfect, the landlord is cool, and has become a good friend.

Excursions and day trips

My friend (and landlord!) Adriano de Falco can take you on amazing hikes, day trips and excursions in the Salerno and greater Amalfi Coast area. Adriano is super knowledgeable and great fun, so you are guaranteed a wonderful day out, wherever it is that you choose to go.

Contact Adriano HERE

Where to eat in Salerno

My favorite place to eat in Salerno is the amazing Taverna Santa Maria De Domno in the historic center of town. The food is unbelievable, the wine list is sensational (I don’t know enough to choose wines in Campania, so either my local friends do it or Nello chooses for me) and the ambience is just gorgeous in this renovated 5th century chapel. 

For details, reviews and to make a reservation, check HERE