Rossini was more than Figaro

Musician and gourmet The famous composer from Pesaro (1792-1868) lived for a long time in Paris, where he met the greatest chefs of the time. Passionate of cooking, he loved to create new dishes, assisted by his cook, to which not he spared advice and criticism. One day he demanded that he prepare the meat […]

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The Masterpieces of Capodimonte

When in Naples there is so much to see that it is difficult to choose the itinerary, the things to do, and what to eat, because being the land of plenty not everything can fit in. Therefore the Museum of Capodimonte may be left behind because it is a little off the beaten busy path […]

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Royal Palace of Caserta: The Versailles of Italy

The Royal Palace of Caserta (Italian: Reggia di Caserta) is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, not too far from Naples; built by the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies as their main residence as kings of Naples. It is the largest palace erected in Europe during the 18th century. In terms of volume, the […]

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Napoli—City of Passion and Miracles

Naples (Napoli for us) is a city like no other. There is passion, good food, and miracles. I am not a particularly religious person, I leave beliefs aside and visit churches for their works of art. Recently I went to Naples, incidentally it was also the Saturday before the first Sunday of May. On this […]

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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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Dante’s Inferno, … It’s an Ice Cream!

Isn’t that a relief?  700 years after the death of the Supreme Poet, there are three limited editions ice creams dedicated to the three Dante canticles, for an engaging and surprising experience—created by Magnum—a trio of ice creams to transition from the provocation of Hell to the purity of Paradise. Magnum X Dante The journey […]

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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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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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Clauiano—A “Most Beautiful Village”

As we have regained our freedom to roam, we seize every occasion to move around, walk, visit, and just enjoy the freedom and the tardy and unwilling Spring we are having. I’m determined to see many (not all, it may be impossible I’m afraid), of the villages that are part of the prestigious club “The […]

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Monte di Pietà or “Pawnbroker”

Something not to overlook when visiting any Italian city are the Monte di Pietà buildings. Often they are the most prominent buildings of the city. The “Monte di Pietà” was nothing more than the common “Pawnbroker.” What makes it very different in Italy is the beautiful, richly decorated building that once was the “Pawnbrokers” of […]

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The Mimosa Award: Catherine de Medicis

Catherine de Medicis wasn’t beautiful, and not even charming. Her great-grandfather, now dead for about forty years, was the great Lorenzo, known as The Magnificent, Lord of Florence. She had very little to be happy about. Her mother died a few days after her birth and her father, Lorenzo II, also died two weeks later. […]

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The Whereabouts of St. Mark

I was always fascinated by the story of St. Mark, whose remains are richly guarded under the main altar inside the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. Especially when I look at the beautiful mosaic on the facade of the Basilica where the remains of San Marco are covered with a blue sheet… like he […]

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