ZeroLimescale

We are all crazy for Zerocalcare, or in English “Zerolimescale.” Why Limescale?  Calcare is our enemy par excellence: limescale happens to tiles, pipes, bathroom fixtures and showers.  We are talking about a sedimentary rock composed largely of a specific mineral, from which it takes its name, calcare.   His pen name, was inspired by an […]

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The Biennale Posed a Good Question

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will soon close (November 21, 2021). It opened in May, to the surprise of many, including the exhibiting countries ( my guess). It is always lovely to go to Venice and visit the biennale. However, the curiosity was even more immense this year because it was the first big event […]

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La Rotonda Opened its Four Doors

I visited Villa “La Rotonda,” Palladio‘s most charming Villa, many times over, but never inside. The estate is still privately owned, and the owner was a relatively private person. Therefore the visits were permitted only the outside and to walk around the four identical facades. Nevertheless, it was still a lovely sight and worth seeing. […]

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Small and Cute Cividale

Italy has a great number of small provincial towns, often overlooked in favor of other major destination. Quite understandable though; the big five (Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Milan), are a must see in anybody’s travel list. But for the habituee, or the discerning art lover, there are small “sleepy” provincial towns that are worth […]

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Italian Churches

A couple of years ago I was talking with an American friend that was about to fly to Italy for a couple of weeks visit. He told me that he seldom goes to museums, instead he prefers to visit the churches. Churches, he said, have great works of art, tickets are cheaper and easier to […]

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Sailing on a Sea of Plastic

A couple of years ago, Liz Milan, an artist, a turist guide, and a friend, began a journey to raise awareness about the plastic ocean pollution, with a very interesting and though-provoking exhibition called “Plastic-ocene.” I visited her exhibition this weekend, and it was surely a gripping and provocative artwork. The intent of the exhibition […]

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The Other Patron of Venice

St. Theodor He was the original patron of Venice. He is in fact that guy on one of the two columns in Piazza San Marco, next to Palazzo Ducale.  One is the Saint Mark’s Lion and the other San Todaro (in Venitian), having killed a dragon. The dragon is nothing like Viserion—the scaring dragon of […]

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The Bovolo Staircase

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, it is a spiral staircase (or like a “snail” which in Venetian translates a “bovolo”), is part of Palazzo Contarini, a secluded corner of Venice a little off the tourists’ trails. It is actually not too far from the famous Rialto Bridge. Palazzo Contarini has known several owners. There were many […]

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Fare Well Ballerina

The Eternal Dancing Young Girl She lived flying, but she defined herself: “… with roots well planted in the earth.”  And so, graceful and solid, sweet and tenacious, she left a “national monument,” a myth of ballet, one of the greatest artists of international ballet dance.  Carla Fracci died in Milan at the age of […]

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A Less Travelled Venice

Venice Walks  Venice is raising the curtain now. It is not yet as busy as it used to be, but turists are back already. Many people wish that things be back to normal, yet whiteout the un-manageable crowds of Pre-COVID era (not sure what that means). For my part, I can say that there are […]

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Venice—The Iconic Clock Tower

When arriving in Piazza San Marco, nowadays, the first time visitor is so busy to take it all in, that most details of the Piazza may get overlooked. Besides, I truly think that Venice must be visited many times over. Each time it will be different. There will be always something new to see and […]

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A Room with a View

Free at Last Italy in now in Code Yellow and so we can travel a bit. Although, the situation in India is worrisome and so very sad.  I shall put the worries away for a little bit, while we all hope for a solution, perhaps with a serious collective effort to put an end to […]

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