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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Yes, We Are Open (and Squeaky Clean)

Benvenuti We are open for business now! We can travel anywhere we like within Italy, and we have opened our borders to all EU countries. Though not all EU countries have opened their borders. But it is just a matter of time. First Day Out June 2 is a national holiday and a good occasion […]

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A New RENAISSANCE?

The coronavirus has really shaken Europe (and the world), testing the society we live in.  The European Commission unveiled a package of aid to help the countries most affected and the EU in general. With this package we may be looking into a New Renaissance, as we are hoping to rebound stronger.  Italy will benefit […]

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Cycling Among Poppies and Villas

Some Freedom at Last As restrictions are loosening–still with some limitations–the best way to enjoy the beautiful days of spring was to go for a bike ride.  Alpe-Adria Cycle Path The Alpe Adria Cycle Path is a beautiful bike trail that starts in Austria, Salzburg to be precise, then onto the Austrian-Italian border and on […]

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Longing for Better Days

There is some hope now, the contagion toll is stable now. The deaths were terribly high, especially among the seniors hosts of retirement homes. This forced inactivity surely though us many valuable lessons, it depends if the “lessons learned” will stay with us, or if they will be fast forgotten. Hopefully not. I had a […]

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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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Getting Ready for Natale

We have almost a full week of festivities this year: December 25, Wednesday Christmas + December 26 is also Saint Stephen’s Day; Friday to recuperate, and prepare for the weekend. Then a couples of days to sit down and plan the new year coming up. Now it is the time to get ready for Xmas […]

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Cortina–The Pearl!

The pearl of the Dolomites Cortina D’Ampezzo defined by all as the pearl of the Dolomites for its infinite scenic beauty, here are some photos that explain just in part it’s fame. Cortina D’Ampezzo is the contrast between the high season, with its continuous flow of people, its chaos of tourists in the streets of […]

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A Walking Tour in Vicenza

A TALE OF TWO VILLAS Vicenza has one of the most famous villas by Andrea Palladio; “Villa Almerico Capra also called La Rotonda.” Nearby there is another celebrated Villa; “Villa Valmarana ai Nani.” By car, it is rather complicated to get to see them closely. Walking instead, can be quite an enjoyable experience and not […]

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Apuglia: The Land of Olives and Flat Roofs

Also known as “Le Puglie“, this region is truly a plural land, a place that hides different souls, suspended between nature, history, tradition, taste, and spirituality, to be visited twelve months a year. While traveling thru the region there is a sea of green thick with Olive groves or flat land, and all the towns […]

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