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THERE’S A SMALL HOTEL — RODGERS AND HART WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS MOUNTAIN-KISSED REFUGE IN THE ITALIAN ALPS, PLUS THE FOOD

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COGNE, Italy – It’s a hideaway that makes you recall the longingly romantic lyric: “There’s a small hotel, with a wishing well. I wish…we were there together.” We have the bygone American songsmiths, Richard Rodgers and Lorenze Hart, to thank for that gem. And we have the Jeantet-Roullet family to thank for 81 years stewardship …

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A HOLY STAIRWAY THAT’S TOUGH ON THE KNEES AND THAT’S JUST THE START IN GAINING A PILGRIM’S GRAND SLAM DURING ROME’S JUBILEE YEAR

ROME- Amid a black cloud of habited nuns, all of us playing kneesies with a rising series of walnut planks, I wonder if a cluster of orthopedic surgeons will be at the top, offering a Jubilee Year discount on arthroscopic carving.   “It will be good for your soul,” Brother Marcelo, a Benedictine monk in …

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VERONA – HOME TO TWO LOVE-BUGGY KIDS; IN THE HEARTS OF LOVERS, ROMEO AND JULIET LIVE ON IN THIS ENCHANTING TOWN

VERONA, Italy – Are we sitting where they sat? “Why not?” says my friend, Aurelio, nothing if not a romantic. “Right here, I’ll bet . . . those two love-buggy kids, Juliet and Romeo.”   She pats the weathered-gray tier of Verona’s ancient Roman Colosseum-style stadium called the Arena, an imposing pen that has witnessed …

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