Of Books and Cathedrals

Recently I read Follett’s latest book “The Evening and the Morning” A prequel to the [more] successful “Pillars of the Earth.” It was the Cathedral building adventures that captivated me, although much more so in the “Pillars” than on this last book. But it was the book that pushed me to visit a Cathedral as […]

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Italian Foliage

Foliage is a magical word, just by pronouncing it we are enveloped by that wonderful feeling that only autumn can give us. That sensation caused by the scent of chestnuts, the first heat of the fireplace, and the scent of citrus. I must say that nothing beats the majestic USA foliage display. It is just […]

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Murano: More than Glass Blowing

When there were impossible crowds in Venice, Murano was a great escape. It is still a great place to go to. In Murano, like in Venice the consequences of COVID are severe; very much so. Although walking the streets and visiting the famous sites is more pleasant now, it is painful to see their empty […]

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Six Pairs of Hands to Build Bridges

During my latest boat trip on the Venetian Laguna, I admired the “Six Pairs of Hands” at the Arsenale. They are quite visible from afar, and they are supposed to be admired also by the Biennale visitors. In 2019, at the “Arsenale”,  a gigantic installation consisting of 6 pairs of hands that start from the […]

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A Mysterious Armenian Island in Venice

So, we’ll go no more a roving    So late into the night, Though the heart be still as loving,    And the moon be still as bright. LORD BYRON San Lazzaro degli Armeni There is a small island just 20 minutes by vaporetto from Piazza San Marco, just in front of that long strip of land […]

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Brisighella and the Donkeys

Why Visiting Brisighella First because it is part of the “Most Beautiful Villages,” then because it is cute, lot of history, dates back to medieval times, and there is an intriguing story about donkeys! The town—a hamlet really—is located at the foot of three chalk pinnacles on which rest the 15th century Rocca Manfrediana, the […]

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Ravenna is a Must

Next time you’ll visit Italy—and we all hope it will be soon—do not bypass Ravenna for the big four (or five). Ravenna is where it all began. I know that photographs of the mosaics are everywhere, but this is the place where when you see the real thing you are left with you mouth open […]

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Just a Couple of Drops

Aceto Balsamico The traditional Aceto Balsamico is a precious thing, lovingly cared for years and years before it is ready to enhance our meals.  In fact, the thick and syrupy Balsamico is aged in small barrels from about 12 to 25 years. The years spent in aging could be enough to give the sense of […]

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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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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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