Looking for Rigoletto in Mantua

Mantua kept a lot of its old looks. There are cobblestone streets, narrow alleys, old taverns, and foggy waters (in winter). Francesco Maria Piave was Giuseppe Verdi’s librettist, and when Verdi asked him to work on Rigoletto, they had to find a suitable city for the story. For Piave, a Venetian, Mantova was just the […]

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Gino Strada One of a Kind

Gino Strada died last August, it was a surprise for everybody. He was a man to be proud of. He was a heart-and-lung surgeon, trained not only in Milan but also in Stanford and in South Africa. Gino could have spent a rich life in Milan, instead he cose a much different life, caring for […]

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Pretty Lucca

When planning a visit to Tuscany; Firenze, Siena, San Geminiano and others come to mind, but often in Italy, small provincial cities are true jewels and deserve our attention. Lucca in one such cities. I did visit Lucca many years ago, I had wonderful memories, and I just wanted to see it again. Lucca is […]

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eBike—A New Way to Visit Italy

A Fantastic Way to Visit Italy There is more and more enthusiasm for alternatives ways to visit Italy. eBikes made it even easier for everybody to take up long tours along off-the-beaten paths of Italian landscapes. My most recent trip was from Mantova to Peschiera on the Garda Lake with an eBike. 45km (about 38 […]

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The Quiet Man

The Unlikely Stone What would the Rolling Stones music be without Charlie Watts?  There are some songs where I womder if the magic of Jagger and Richards would get to such heights without Charlie’s contribution.  A few iconic songs come to mind: • Paint it Black (it was—perhaps still is—one of my favorites) • Get […]

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Needs Ice Only

NIO It is a line of ready-mixed cocktails. NIO means “Need Ice Only,” it needs a glass as well–the prettier the better–(at least for me) ☺️. It should be the right one for the drink at hand! 🍹🍸 NIO is an Italian startup that has come up with a line of ready-made drinks just to […]

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IN THE MOOD FOR FOOD

𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵 🥵, 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘻𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘪 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 h𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘦—𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘥—𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘨𝘦. 🔹 This one is [𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲-𝗯𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁] Pasta brisé (𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩 […]

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Braies the Most Popular Lake

Lago di Braies in Italian, and Pragser Wildsee in German Made famous by the fiction “One Step From Heaven,” a TV fiction by RAI and also because of the numerous Instagram shots, Lake Braies now attracts millions of travelers from all over the world every year.  But do not make any effort whatsoever to speak […]

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Tarte Tatin Came to Italy

When traditions cross over to another country and meet new traditions, something delicious usually happens. TTT☺️ = Tomatoes Tarte Tatin Same goes for the very 🇫🇷 French Tarte Tatin when it encountered 🇮🇹 Italian traditions of tomatoes and cheeses. Therefore we got Tarte Tatin with 🍅 tomatoes, ricotta, and shavings of Parmesan. It makes a […]

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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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Dante’s Inferno, … It’s an Ice Cream!

Isn’t that a relief?  700 years after the death of the Supreme Poet, there are three limited editions ice creams dedicated to the three Dante canticles, for an engaging and surprising experience—created by Magnum—a trio of ice creams to transition from the provocation of Hell to the purity of Paradise. Magnum X Dante The journey […]

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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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