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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When IT will be Over!

Because it will be over eventually When would it be over is the question in everybody’s mind these days. Nobody has an answer, there are a few scenarios, but not a real answer.  That said, we do know that one day it will be over, perhaps life will be different, we will be different, but […]

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#StayingHome

COVID-19 is all over the news, and yes the situation is serious. No one (state or country) should underestimate it. It will get there too. We are all asked to stay home! Or #StayHome to reach the social media addicts. That means avoiding social events, gathering, going to crowded bars for our beloved aperitivo. What […]

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Locorotondo Another “Most Beautiful”

In these times of viruses shall we think about summer destinations, just to keep our minds positive, knowing that summer is coming back and travel can resume. Soon I hope! I thought that the introduction of sunny Locorotondo is perfect during these not so cheerful times. Locorotondo—which is part of the “Most Beautiful Villages” list—is […]

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A “Most Beautiful” Castell’Arquato

Welcome to Castell’Arquato beautiful medieval village and listed on the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” list!  Castell’Arquato is strategically located on the first hills of the Val D’Arda, and it is perched along the hillside dominating the view.  Just about thirty kilometers (or 18 miles), from Piacenza and a just a bit more from Parma. […]

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Colorful Piacenza

Piacenza and its Colors Not much is known about Piacenza, because the town is often overlooked in favor of the illustrious towns of the Emilia region (like Parma for example), yet it has always been in a strategic position, on the banks  of the largest river in Italy, the link between Lombardy and Emilia Romagna […]

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Reasons to Visit Pordenone

 Pordenone is a beautiful, modern, curious and fun city: it is also a beautiful historic center that you can walk on to be seduced by the elegance of the painted buildings and arcades, by the poetry of the frescoes that reveal the history of the city.  Pordenone is also the city that gave birth to […]

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A Quick Stop in Novara

Off the Beaten Track In visiting Italy, travelers usually pick the “big four (or five)”; Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan. But there are many little-known towns and villages off the beaten track that are really worth a stop. Most of the times these little towns are just within a day trip from major cities. Novara […]

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The History of Venice Masks

The Masks Mystery, enigma, seduction is what is expressed with a mask that conceals one feature. But only a few know where masks come from and the troubled history of masks in Venice.   The mask (the word mask comes from the Arabic “mascharà“, which means mockery, satire) has always been one of the characteristic and […]

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