Meet Carla

Yesterday I went to a vernissage by my friend Carla. I knew her work already, but I was delighted to see her big paintings displayed so well. The vernissage was held in a furniture showroom, the paintings were the perfect finishing touch to the modern Made in Italy furniture. Carla’s paintings are huge floral canvasses. […]

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A Stroll in Vicenza on a Rainy Day

Vicenza, as I already said, is a beautiful town. For the art lover there is really a lot to see. Palladio has been a generous artist to his town (he was from Padova, actually, but Vicenza became his town eventually). He was the most important architect of the Venetian Republic, in whose territory he designed […]

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Palladio’s “Unhappy” Villa

Andrea Palladio is the greatest Venetian architect and one of the greatest artists of the sixteenth century. Palladio’s Villas are elegant and solemn and at the same time airy and light. He succeeded in creating a balance between monumental forms and simplicity. All of Palladio’s Villas are all located in the territory of the Republic […]

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Love Stories at the Uffizi

Ever wondered what the stories are behind a famous painting? Well, there are plenty of stories behind the Monna Lisa portrait, but what about others, less famous or less talked about. This beauty for example This painting (The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, probably made in mid 1480), […]

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Reading Italy

Italy may be the most European of countries. Rome was the capital of an empire that encircled the most faraway corners of the continent. Italy gave us the Renaissance and the foundations of modern western culture. It was in Rome where the signing of the European Union’s founding treaty happened. Italy, a peninsula that immediately distinguishes […]

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Dubrovnik is King’s Landing

THE MEDIEVAL SPLENDOR ON THE ADRIATIC COAST Dubrovnik—now made famous by the Game of Throne series—is one of the best-walled cities in Europe, overlooking the calm blue Adriatic. When visiting this magnificent town it is no wonder that it was chosen as the famed “King’s Landing” in the successful series Game of Thrones.  Dubrovnik was […]

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Venice Biennale

It is possible to visit or go back to the visit to the Biennale Arte di Venezia 2019 until November 24th (every day except Mondays). In the first five of the opening of this fifty-eighth edition, there have been numerous insights that the press and critics have turned to the choices of the New York […]

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Venice in Darkness

In Venice one can’t stop taking pictures, so many are the spectacular views, and photo ops that present itself to the first-time visitor and the frequent traveler as well. An evening with a little rain, becomes a very special occasion. There are fewer people walking around, therefore it seems that even if briefly Venice is […]

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Soave: A Town, a Castle, a Wine

  Soave as “Suave, Agreeable, Courtly, Sophisticated” that is this little town in the province of Verona, just between Verona and Vicenza. Legend has it that it was Dante Alighieri, a guest at the Scaliger Castle to give the name “Soave” to the town by virtue of its delicious wine. More likely, the name of Soave […]

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Visiting Villa Pisani

ONE OF THE MANY… The Pisani family didn’t nee yet another Villa, they owned many already in the Veneto area, but when Alvise Pisani became Doge of the Venetian Republic (1735 to his death), he wanted to have a Villa that was up to his name and riches.  He probably knew he was going to […]

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The Inexplicable Castel del Monte

MYSTERIOUS AND FASCINATING Castel del Monte is a “Fortress” of the XIII century built by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Federico II, in the plateau of the western “Murge” in Puglia, near the town of Santa Maria del Monte, in the province of Adria Trani, on the top of a hill. It was […]

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Divina Maria Callas

Maria Callas died on September 16, 42 years ago, yet she is as present as ever.  Her singing was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. I delight in her interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor; the duet with the flute is still unmatched (in my humble opinion). In “Quando […]

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