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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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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The Greatest “Dome” on Earth

There are two great domes in Italy, equally famous; the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence; and Saint Peter in Rome. The latter on a project by Michelangelo, but resumed after his death by two architects (Giacomo Della Porta (1533-1602) and Domenico Fontana (1543-1607). Yet the ONE dome is the one in Florence, […]

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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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The Mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica

Another post about “when it will be over.”  We are all longing for freedom of movement. We all hope to travel, socializing, and see the world.  Therefore, when it will be over, let’s not bypass a visit to the most iconic sites in the world.  The Mosaics of the Basilica of St. Mark The Basilica […]

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