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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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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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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A Stroll in Vicenza on a Rainy Day

Vicenza, as I already said, is a beautiful town. For the art lover there is really a lot to see. Palladio has been a generous artist to his town (he was from Padova, actually, but Vicenza became his town eventually). He was the most important architect of the Venetian Republic, in whose territory he designed […]

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Sadness for Venice and Other Considerations

It is in the news national and international, Venice is flooded by an unprecedented high tide of water. We watched the images speechless. But should we be speechless really? The reasons for the constant flooding that afflict Venice are several. We could feel a little helpless for climate change, or better inclement weather. It has […]

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Palladio’s “Unhappy” Villa

Andrea Palladio is the greatest Venetian architect and one of the greatest artists of the sixteenth century. Palladio’s Villas are elegant and solemn and at the same time airy and light. He succeeded in creating a balance between monumental forms and simplicity. All of Palladio’s Villas are all located in the territory of the Republic […]

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