Strawberries have been the bane of my existence, at least as gardening is concerned. I've had absolutely zero success in keeping my transplants from my germinating alive and my germination success rate has been about 5%. I've had OK results from buying plants but the damned squirrels have gotten just about all the berries I have grown. I'll be watching this thread to get help, too.
As an aside (I'm great with those), I think Rome is my absolute favourite city. I only visited once for a little over a week, but I was smitten. I don't speak any Italian at all and I was so impressed and grateful that every Italian I met was so patient with me as I murdered your language. I know a little French, so I could recognise the meaning of many of the words, but the pronunciation was completely foreign to me. I actually worked in the US for ZAPI for about a year; they're up near Parma. Italians have made a very positive impression on me and I'd highly recommend it as a vacation destination.
A piece of land is worth as much as the person farming it.
-Le Livre du Colon, 1902
Always look on the bright side of life. At least this ad is really tiny: