Pisa, at Last

Finally the time for travel is back. I had Pisa on my list for quite sometime and I was glad we could finally travel although with mask on entering all public places. Starting August we (the vaccinated population), shall have a QR code on our devices, or, for the traditional type, printed on paper, called […]

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Small and Cute Cividale

Italy has a great number of small provincial towns, often overlooked in favor of other major destination. Quite understandable though; the big five (Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Milan), are a must see in anybody’s travel list. But for the habituee, or the discerning art lover, there are small “sleepy” provincial towns that are worth […]

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Ready for Venice?

The COVID pandemic has been a 24+ months of anguish; Italy without tourists seems incomplete. There is so much art and beauty to share, it is a pity to keep it only for us. The past years were also spent in thinking what can be done better once things get back to normal again.  Italy […]

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The Other Patron of Venice

St. Theodor He was the original patron of Venice. He is in fact that guy on one of the two columns in Piazza San Marco, next to Palazzo Ducale.  One is the Saint Mark’s Lion and the other San Todaro (in Venitian), having killed a dragon. The dragon is nothing like Viserion—the scaring dragon of […]

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The Bovolo Staircase

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, it is a spiral staircase (or like a “snail” which in Venetian translates a “bovolo”), is part of Palazzo Contarini, a secluded corner of Venice a little off the tourists’ trails. It is actually not too far from the famous Rialto Bridge. Palazzo Contarini has known several owners. There were many […]

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A Less Travelled Venice

Venice Walks  Venice is raising the curtain now. It is not yet as busy as it used to be, but turists are back already. Many people wish that things be back to normal, yet whiteout the un-manageable crowds of Pre-COVID era (not sure what that means). For my part, I can say that there are […]

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Venice—The Iconic Clock Tower

When arriving in Piazza San Marco, nowadays, the first time visitor is so busy to take it all in, that most details of the Piazza may get overlooked. Besides, I truly think that Venice must be visited many times over. Each time it will be different. There will be always something new to see and […]

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Clauiano—A “Most Beautiful Village”

As we have regained our freedom to roam, we seize every occasion to move around, walk, visit, and just enjoy the freedom and the tardy and unwilling Spring we are having. I’m determined to see many (not all, it may be impossible I’m afraid), of the villages that are part of the prestigious club “The […]

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A Room with a View

Free at Last Italy in now in Code Yellow and so we can travel a bit. Although, the situation in India is worrisome and so very sad.  I shall put the worries away for a little bit, while we all hope for a solution, perhaps with a serious collective effort to put an end to […]

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Time to Think About Reservations?

Can We Travel Yet? Now some light started to appear at the end of the COVID tunnel, maybe it is the time to think about travelling again. That is what we all hope.  Piano, Piano There is still time ahead of us, but it is nice to think about vacations and logistics, maybe an alternative […]

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Monte di Pietà or “Pawnbroker”

Something not to overlook when visiting any Italian city are the Monte di Pietà buildings. Often they are the most prominent buildings of the city. The “Monte di Pietà” was nothing more than the common “Pawnbroker.” What makes it very different in Italy is the beautiful, richly decorated building that once was the “Pawnbrokers” of […]

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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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