The Talented Mr. Mochi

I often admired the works of Francesco Mochi and often wondered why he is relatively well-known both in Italy and abroad. Even back then careers had their up-&-downs and were subjected to patrons and/or plain luck. Family connections helped too. Mochi does deserve more recognition and appreciation in my view. His early dramatic works are […]

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Just a Matter of Feathers

Carnevale is underway this week in Venice, although the real deal will be this weekend, and Tuesday, which marks the beginning of lent, with Ash Wednesday. This year there were fewer people. Maybe because of Coronavirus, or maybe because of the latest big flood. It was, however, a feast for the eyes, and the photographers. […]

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A “Most Beautiful” Castell’Arquato

Welcome to Castell’Arquato beautiful medieval village and listed on the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” list!  Castell’Arquato is strategically located on the first hills of the Val D’Arda, and it is perched along the hillside dominating the view.  Just about thirty kilometers (or 18 miles), from Piacenza and a just a bit more from Parma. […]

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Colorful Piacenza

Piacenza and its Colors Not much is known about Piacenza, because the town is often overlooked in favor of the illustrious towns of the Emilia region (like Parma for example), yet it has always been in a strategic position, on the banks  of the largest river in Italy, the link between Lombardy and Emilia Romagna […]

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The History of Venice Masks

The Masks Mystery, enigma, seduction is what is expressed with a mask that conceals one feature. But only a few know where masks come from and the troubled history of masks in Venice.   The mask (the word mask comes from the Arabic “mascharà“, which means mockery, satire) has always been one of the characteristic and […]

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Blogging: Three Year Later

Considerations on my anniversary I was reminded that I started this blog three years ago. They are in reality just two years since I had about a year gap (I see it as a sabbatical 😉). In reality, I had a series of accidents, and it is not easy to be creative with a broken […]

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Vicenza’s Jewel

Vicenza—as I already wrote—is a beautiful city filled with Palazzi (see VICENZA NEEDS MORE THAN A DAY or VICENZA (PART II) THE VIEW FROM THE HILLS), sumptuous streets, and many villas in the immediate vicinity (see A WALKING TOUR IN VICENZA),  Thanks to Andrea Palladio who was a real busy man, Vicenza has a lot to offer, but […]

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