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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Illegio–Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Illegio is a tiny village that looks like just out of a fairy tale. A small treasure trove of art, a splendid gem set in the Carnia mountains, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.  Arriving in this ancient village (which was probably a fortress back in old times),  means entering a peaceful fragment of the […]

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