The Not-So-Dolce Vita

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About Mark St. Amant

Mark St. Amant is the author of two books published by Scribner, Committed: Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie, and Just Kick it: Tales of an Underdog, Over-Age, Out-of-Place Semi-Pro Football Player. He’s also an award-winning, 20-plus-year advertising Creative Director, and a founding partner of new Boulder, CO agency, Grenadier. Follow him on Twitter.


  1. I love it!!!!!!!!I think after 7.5 years of marriage my husband still wants to crush me with our luggage. It is the ability to come through tough moments that make the marriage stronger. It may not seem apparant right now but that time in Italy may serve as the bedrock of your relationship for the rest of your lives. Good luck….

  2. Loved this. So much.

  3. Nice story especially having spent time in Florence recently.

  4. Loved it, and it makes me love my country even more (yes, I’m Italian :) ).

    (but please, remove the (big) duplicate paragraph, this piece doesn’t deserve sloppy editing ;) )

  5. Beautiful, poignant, and oh so real.

  6. Mr Supertypo says:

    Good piece, well written :-)

    You made me miss Firenze (Florence) im not from there, but I have family in that city.

  7. As a newly married (2 years this month) American who moved to Italy with my wife before our first anniversary, I have to say this article made me do a double take at first. I live in a 500-sq.ft. apartment, barely spoke the language, and have dwindling savings! I quit my job! Who is writing articles about me?

    In all honesty though, moving to Italy has made me a stronger person, and has made our marriage nearly indestructible. I don’t think that there is anything that could get in the way of the two of us now, not that there was much before.


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