Welcome to Prayers and Piazzas

Prayers and Piazzas is a celebration of all things Italy: travel, culture, history, language.

Growing up in Southern California in an Italian-American family, Italy was no big deal. But after losing my dad in 2009 and a fateful trip to Italy the next year, which included connecting with my dad’s cousins in Bari, I was smitten with Italy.

Prayers and Piazzas, part travel guide, part travel journal, was born from the need to profess my love of Italy, and connect with others who feel the same way. 

Learn more about my Italian journey here, and get to know me better by browsing the narratives category.


My signature strengths: #1 love of learning; #2 curiosity; #3 appreciation of beauty and excellence. I hope you find all those here.

If you are interested in collaborating on a guest post, have trip planning questions, would like a language/travel product or book reviewed, please get in touch!

All work ©Stacy Pollard, Prayers and Piazzas. All photos are my own unless otherwise attributed. Please feel free to share with credit to www.prayersandpiazzas.com


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  1. Pingback: A Tale of Two Coffees – a photogenic world

    • I had to turn to my resources (word reference and google translate), and came up with something close but slightly different: from inside a porcelain cave (possibly describing the color — a porcelain white cave), sipping coffee, I watched from (through) the picture window the crowd grow/increase fast.

      Caffe` degli specchi — caffe` of the mirrors

      Not sure if I’ve gotten it right, but I’m so honored to be included in your beautiful post! Grazie, Paul!


  2. Hi Stacy!

    Lovely to ‘stumble’ across your blog. Really inspiring to think of other Inglese mother-tongues moving their lives over to Italy! I’ve come from London to Padua and absorbing all things in the Venetian lagoon.
    Will be back here for sure!

    Edie at La Finestrella

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  3. Stacy-
    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your column “Musings on Life” in the recent Four EL San Diego magazine. I have been a high school and college coach (at UCSD) for over 20 years and much of what you have written has merit. I recently published a book “A High School Tennis Coach’s Handbook” (Let in the Light Publishing, 2013) which I think you would enjoy. I would be happy to comp you a free ibook.

    Have a great day,

    Roy Gessford


    • Roy — thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate the feedback and validation! Congratulations on your new book — I would love to read it — and best of luck to you as it hits the market. Thank you again!


    • Stacy-
      I trust all continues to go well. Here is the code for your free ibook on coaching: EH9LYXFT7A7E
      I have a new paperback version that is for parents, players, and coaches that will be ready for ibook soon, but this will get you started.
      Roy Gessford
      Author, A High School Tennis Coach’s Handbook, For Players, Parents, and Coaches


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