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 the mid […]

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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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Walking with Joyce, Saba, and Svevo in Trieste to a Caffe

In Trieste, you don’t have to worry about where to eat or to drink. There is an incredible number of Cafes, Pasticcerie, Bars, and/or all of the above. Like most Italian cities there is THE Caffe Storico (I have a partial list here), but Trieste is special because there are many, many Historical Places. A […]

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