Vicenza’s Jewel

Vicenza—as I already wrote—is a beautiful city filled with Palazzi (see VICENZA NEEDS MORE THAN A DAY or VICENZA (PART II) THE VIEW FROM THE HILLS), sumptuous streets, and many villas in the immediate vicinity (see A WALKING TOUR IN VICENZA),  Thanks to Andrea Palladio who was a real busy man, Vicenza has a lot to offer, but […]

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Nutella vs Pan di Stelle

I compared the new spread of Pan di Stelle with the legendary Nutella.  I really did my homework and did the actual tasting.  I have not been paid (unfortunately) for this, but to be honest, I limited the tasting to Pan di Stelle, not Nutella, because I know the latter very well. It is practically […]

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Venice Carnevale Schedule

This year carnevale will span thru the 8–25 of February. The 14th—Valentine Day—is right in the middle. Logically then one of the themes of carnevale would be Love, ❤️ 💕 add to that a little play and folly! The agenda is thick with events, about 50 between performances and initiatives for children and adults alike. […]

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Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami and Variations This dessert is widespread throughout Italy and suitable for any holiday. In Emilia-Romagna, this sweet worked traditionally packaged in the Easter period. It is also widespread in Naples and in the Mantua area. Its origins appear to be Portuguese, not Italian, but it was very popular in Italy in the recent […]

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Venice Sestieri

Venice is divided into districts, six to be exact, hence the name “Sestiere”, which divide the areas of the city. The district is the equivalent of neighborhoods in other cities, which ideally represented the fourth part of the Roman camp, an ideal scheme for the construction of a large number of inhabited centers. The subdivision […]

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Calli and the Narrowest Alley in Venice

Just Walking I like to get lost and just walking between one street and the other. I sometimes just walk to find the emptiest piazzas (or Campo in Venetian) or to find the narrowest streets (or Calle). Calle The term Calle derives from the Latin callis, which means path, aisle, or walkway. The names of […]

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Our Passion for Coffee

Italians have a passion for coffee and I am as passionate as my fellow Italians.  Coffee ☕️ for us means first and foremost “Espresso.” Espresso Italiano coffee must be prepared exclusively with professional bar machines and using a blend of coffee beans. Specifically,  the dose of ground coffee for an espresso cup between 7 and […]

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