Quarantine

  Most used word of 2020 Quarantine meaning is easy to guess for Italians—this is where it originated—and for Spanish-speaking people as well, but maybe not for all others. The word quarantine comes from “quarantena,” a variant of the Italian quaranta giorni, meaning “forty days“, used in 14th-15th-century Venetian dialect and designating a period of isolation as a preventive measure against […]

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Life from a Window

Sometimes I think that when I write about what is happening now it implies the very high risk of venturing—maybe even getting lost—into mediocrity! Rhetoric on good feelings and good intentions. I’m not sure I’m able to elude the sticky seduction. So far I avoided giving away the “What to Do”, and the “Lists of […]

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Just a Matter of Feathers

Carnevale is underway this week in Venice, although the real deal will be this weekend, and Tuesday, which marks the beginning of lent, with Ash Wednesday. This year there were fewer people. Maybe because of Coronavirus, or maybe because of the latest big flood. It was, however, a feast for the eyes, and the photographers. […]

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Venice Carnevale Schedule

This year carnevale will span thru the 8–25 of February. The 14th—Valentine Day—is right in the middle. Logically then one of the themes of carnevale would be Love, ❤️ 💕 add to that a little play and folly! The agenda is thick with events, about 50 between performances and initiatives for children and adults alike. […]

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Venice Sestieri

Venice is divided into districts, six to be exact, hence the name “Sestiere”, which divide the areas of the city. The district is the equivalent of neighborhoods in other cities, which ideally represented the fourth part of the Roman camp, an ideal scheme for the construction of a large number of inhabited centers. The subdivision […]

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Calli and the Narrowest Alley in Venice

Just Walking I like to get lost and just walking between one street and the other. I sometimes just walk to find the emptiest piazzas (or Campo in Venetian) or to find the narrowest streets (or Calle). Calle The term Calle derives from the Latin callis, which means path, aisle, or walkway. The names of […]

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Sadness for Venice and Other Considerations

It is in the news national and international, Venice is flooded by an unprecedented high tide of water. We watched the images speechless. But should we be speechless really? The reasons for the constant flooding that afflict Venice are several. We could feel a little helpless for climate change, or better inclement weather. It has […]

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