Venice in Darkness

In Venice one can’t stop taking pictures, so many are the spectacular views, and photo ops that present itself to the first-time visitor and the frequent traveler as well. An evening with a little rain, becomes a very special occasion. There are fewer people walking around, therefore it seems that even if briefly Venice is […]

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Walking with Joyce, Saba, and Svevo in Trieste to a Caffe

In Trieste, you don’t have to worry about where to eat or to drink. There is an incredible number of Cafes, Pasticcerie, Bars, and/or all of the above. Like most Italian cities there is THE Caffe Storico (I have a partial list here), but Trieste is special because there are many, many Historical Places. A […]

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Vino Veritas–Apulia Wines

Apulia is the region of sun, sea, long beaches, olive trees and … vineyards! Yes, Apulia gives us some very good wines, to the point of thinking of a list of the best Apulian wines to add to our tables.     Here are the 10 best wines of Apulia  Outside the regional boundaries, the Apulian […]

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Soave: A Town, a Castle, a Wine

  Soave as “Suave, Agreeable, Courtly, Sophisticated” that is this little town in the province of Verona, just between Verona and Vicenza. Legend has it that it was Dante Alighieri, a guest at the Scaliger Castle to give the name “Soave” to the town by virtue of its delicious wine. More likely, the name of Soave […]

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Resilient Venzone

Venzone is on the list of the most beautiful villages, hence a place to see. Like all others, Venzone only has about 2000 habitants. A lovely village at the foot of the Alps, which gives it a stunning background to the houses. Venzone was declared National Monument in 1965 because it is a unique fortified […]

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Visiting Villa Pisani

ONE OF THE MANY… The Pisani family didn’t nee yet another Villa, they owned many already in the Veneto area, but when Alvise Pisani became Doge of the Venetian Republic (1735 to his death), he wanted to have a Villa that was up to his name and riches.  He probably knew he was going to […]

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The Inexplicable Castel del Monte

MYSTERIOUS AND FASCINATING Castel del Monte is a “Fortress” of the XIII century built by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Federico II, in the plateau of the western “Murge” in Puglia, near the town of Santa Maria del Monte, in the province of Adria Trani, on the top of a hill. It was […]

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