Villages and History

Strassoldo Perhaps one of the best hamlets on the The most beautiful Village list. Strassoldo is one quiet place where I would want to just move there for the summer and nobody should bother me until September 30th.   It is a rare example of an ancient medieval village, extremely well preserved, and of unique charm. […]

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Beyond Venice there is Chioggia & Pellestrina

Venice is the indisputable queen of the Adriatic, no doubts about that. However, if we want to get a little further, and maybe avoid the crowds, then Chioggia (pronounced: ˈkjɔddʒa); is a good destination.  Chioggia Chioggia is a small island at the southern entrance to the Lagoon of Venice about 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of […]

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The Gardens of Este

Three thousand years of history Atheste was the original latin name of Este, almost 1000 years BC, Este was the center of paleovenetian culture; there flourished a real civilization endowed with strong characteristic elements, which knew how to weave commercial relationships with the most varied populations. A Roman Colony In the first century BC ‘Ateste‘ […]

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Plague and COVID–Analogies

The striking analogies between the Plague and the COVID Today the most affected regions by the virus are Lombardy, Veneto, but also England, Spain, and France on a wider horizon (the USA was not on the map yet!); they are symbols of an overwhelming historical-epidemic memory, devastated by the plague.  The plague that struck Europe between 1347 […]

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How About the Tulips?

Paolo Gentiloni, our former PM, now Commissioner for Economy, on Thursday 9 April 2020, tweeted the news that sanctioned a historic day for Italy and Europe: “The Eurogroup has reached an agreement. A package of unprecedented dimensions to support the health system, layoffs, liquidity for businesses and the Fund for a revival plan. Europe is […]

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The Mimosa Annual Award

Happy Women’s Day Every March 8, I’m giving recognition to one of the many women that contributed greatly to their society, but we’re never recognized for their actions.  Maybe, a bit, or because they were ”the wife of…”  History is full of fascinating women; some names pop up immediately: Isabella d’Este; Lucrezia Borgia; Artemisia Gentileschi; […]

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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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The Economy of The Venetian Villas

I wrote about the Villas of the Veneto Region in Palladio ”Unhappy Villa, and Villa La Rotonda, or about Villa Pisani. These villas are a fundamental component of the historical and cultural heritage of the Veneto region and their importance has been recognized by UNESCO, which included 24 villas by Andrea Palladio among the world […]

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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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