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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Mantova: Gonzaga, Chagall (and Rigoletto)

Actually the first two have absolutely nothing in common! Gonzaga, Chagall, and Rigoletto The exhibition by Chagall (From September 5, 2018 to February 3, 2019, at Palazzo Della Ragione), provided a good excuse to travel to Mantova. We were blessed with a crisp—if cold—day with no fog! Mantova is a tricky city to visit because […]

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It’s the Great Pumpkin!

Yes Pumpkin is great, and not just for Charlie Brown. Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration or a Thanksgiving pie filling. However, it may be time to rethink this plump, nutritious orange plant.  The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure. The antioxidants in […]

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