cropped-img_05671.jpgWelcome to Prayers and Piazzas

Prayers and Piazzas is where I profess my love of all things Italy: travel, culture, history, language. Every Tuesday I publish the series A Snapshot From featuring a photo or two from my travels around Italy and a cultural tidbit. Join us here for a quick, virtual trip to one of the most beloved countries in the world.

From time to time on Thursdays you will find more in-depth articles about Italy, and occasional Sundays include writings about gratitude, joy, books, various mommy musings and personal narratives.

But Italy and Italian are really the stars of the show.


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If your Italian heart brought you here, you will enjoy these posts:

Interested in writings on something other than Italy? Here are some reader favorites:

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About Me

-Open my heart and you will see, Graved inside of it, Italy.-

I’m Stacy “di Anna”  Pollard: wife, mom, friend, blogger, reader, Italiana, introvert. I love to read in the sun, write in the early morning, study Italian in small chunks all day long, and travel. But above all that, my husband of 25 years and kids (ages 21 (!), 18 and 12) are my top priority. 

Get to know me better by browsing the posts in the narratives category. My favorite writings on all things “mommy” can be found here, here, and here.

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


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