Are We Open for Travel?

Not Quite! With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it may not be a very good idea to schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer season 2021. A “third wave” of coronavirus infections has been spreading across Europe; although Venice is not the most COVID-infected area, but there have been plenty enough of COVID-19 cases, and deaths have […]

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Easter Sunday

Another Easter in Lockdown Per se it is not that bad, it is just Easter but less pretentious. More intimate, no travel to fashionable places, nothing much. It is even less stressful. I recall I thought the same about Christmas, and NY Eve. Some traditions can be maintained nevertheless, like having the typical “Colomba Pasquale” […]

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A Year to Remenber

This was a year that we shall all remenber.  The color theme of the Christmas decorations was blue. But the decorations were plentiful, with blue lights projected on the facades of our beautiful palazzi. Somehow Christmas looked more dismal to me and less merry.  For all the bad things that happened, there was something good […]

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Considerations

I resumed my morning walks/runs this morning, and while I admire the beautiful mountains on the horizon it occured to me to think that 2020 was the most spitful year ever.  In the past we didn’t have a single snow flake in the mountains by Xmas. This year instead, since nobody can leave his own […]

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Cooking the Day After

There is more than Christmas Day in Italy. We also have St. Stephen Day, a full-fledged holiday. In pre-COVID days it would be still a day with family, maybe the less immediate family. A good day, less stressful. Although this COVID year (after all our past complaining about a too much commercialized Christmas), with the […]

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A Xmas Tree for The Performing Arts

There is an installation of a Christmas Trees made with the travelling trunks, on various Piazze of Italy. The trunks are the object that unites all workers behind the scenes of performances, shows, fairs, and events. Instead of the traditional decorations, there are phrases written by show business workers, with words of good omen and […]

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COVID Holidays

I’m of the impression that special care has been used for the Xmas decorations this year. Maybe to encourage us to do the usual holiday spending, or maybe just to cheer us up. But I see more lights, windows made as pretty as possible, and the city decorations hanged just so! It is enjoyable to […]

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International Pumpkin Pie

Aren’t we all ready to put 2020 into the dustbin of history? I definitely AM, and for quite some time now. There is nothing I can do but to wait 30 more days. However, I could practice by getting rid of things and possessions that clutter my house, and that often I didn’t even recollect […]

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Still Time for Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks Regardless It is difficult to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursdays in Italy. Most people work on that day, so it is best to move it to the weekend, and so here we are. Just a few of us. We have COVID limitations, and we can only have up to six people around our tables. […]

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Agriturismo: What is it?

Officially an Agriturismo is a farm that operates in the tourism sector offering board and lodging on the premises. In other words it is an activity created to support the agricultural and livestock sectors and is regulated by a specific National Law that determines the ways in which the farm must exercise hospitality. In the […]

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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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Beautiful Montagnana

There are pearls set between ancient walls and ramparts. They are the walled cities of the Province of Padua, authentic wonders of history, art and culture. Cittadella, Monselice, Este and Montagnana, as well as obviously Padua. Cities where the present speaks of craftsmanship, food and wine and many new tourist itineraries! But also Verona, Soave, […]

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