Missing You

Dear tourist, It has been almost 6 months since you left. It feels so lonely here without you. Yes, true that sometimes there were just too many of you, I felt overwhelmed and could not give you all the attention you deserved, but now it feels too empty. I miss you very, very much, and […]

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The Summer of Our Discontent

“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house” W. Shakespeare According to W. Shakespeare after the “discontented winter” there would be a glorious summmer. It doesn’t look like it will be in 2020. Summer is here, nice and breeze, […]

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Villages and History

Strassoldo Perhaps one of the best hamlets on the The most beautiful Village list. Strassoldo is one quiet place where I would want to just move there for the summer and nobody should bother me until September 30th.   It is a rare example of an ancient medieval village, extremely well preserved, and of unique charm. […]

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Dining in Paradise

In these times of Post-Covid (not so sure it is really “post”), businesses need to reinvent themselves. Restaurants in particular, with their necessity to keep customers “socially distanced” can really be a challenge. Moreover, most fancy weddings, where canceled or postponed; see Princess Beatrice of England and her Italian beau, for example.  Weddings cancellations was […]

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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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Beautifully Empty Venice

Empty but Beautiful!  For an Italian going to Venice for the day, the train is the most convenient way of transportation. Trains also are following the social-distancing guidelines, so one get two seats for the price of one! In a train clean as clean can be! The ride to Venice was smooth and eventless. An […]

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The Gardens of Este

Three thousand years of history Atheste was the original latin name of Este, almost 1000 years BC, Este was the center of paleovenetian culture; there flourished a real civilization endowed with strong characteristic elements, which knew how to weave commercial relationships with the most varied populations. A Roman Colony In the first century BC ‘Ateste‘ […]

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Wine Tasting in Paradise

What’s best to do in these times of restrictions than a visit a winery for an afternoon of wine-tasting, immersed in green surroundings. We craved fresh air and sunshine, an invitation to visit a small winery in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, was a welcomed surprise.  Paradiis Winery Paradiis Winery was founded at the end 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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For the Love of Reading—Now is Carofiglio

  Thank You for the Books These past months would have been terrible without books. Camilleri was a prolific writer that entertained nicely with his books. Fortunately, there is another author that I like, and I regularly buy his books when I see a new one. Gianrico Carofiglio Carofiglio has a degree in Law (1986), […]

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