The Mimosa Annual Award

Happy Women’s Day Every March 8, I’m giving recognition to one of the many women that contributed greatly to their society, but we’re never recognized for their actions.  Maybe, a bit, or because they were ”the wife of…”  History is full of fascinating women; some names pop up immediately: Isabella d’Este; Lucrezia Borgia; Artemisia Gentileschi; […]

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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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Remembering Francesca in Gradara 🕍

Gradara is one of the “Most beautiful villages of Italy.” 🕍 Located in the Marche Region, it is really a lovely place to visit. The battlements of the castle can be seen from afar; the Gradara Castle is announced to the visitor with its grandeur. Gradara Castle is the protagonist of the landscape but as […]

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Lerici and Sarzana

Lerici the Steep Lerici was the first town of my trip to Cinqueterre; while driving to Lerici one can admire the panorama and the numerous pretty sites. Little towns nestled on top of a hill, among olive trees and vineyards, beautiful to look at, but one wonders how they (did) manage to care for it, […]

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