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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Divina Maria Callas

Maria Callas died on September 16, 42 years ago, yet she is as present as ever.  Her singing was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. I delight in her interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor; the duet with the flute is still unmatched (in my humble opinion). In “Quando […]

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Zeffirelli’s Last Dream in Verona,

To be in Verona for an opera evening at “Arena,” it is always a great treat, but it was more so last night for the second to last performance of “La Traviata.” Verona’s gracious architecture, the vast Piazza Bra with its imposing amphitheater lit up for the summer opera program fills you up with excitement […]

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Weekend at the Lake

There is one place I love always and never leaves my heart. Garda Lake! The Garda Lake sits between Lombardy and Veneto Region. One side of this “Pear-shaped” lake belongs to Lombardy (West), and one to Veneto (East). While the tippy top—of the narrower part that is nestled on the edge of the Dolomites—belongs to […]

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One last word on Gelato before Fall

Let’s be clear; Gelato and Ice Cream are not the same thing. Gelato is creamy, cold, velvety, and comes in a multitude of flavors. But what is that makes the difference? Gelato contains more milk than cream, hence it freezes at a lower temperature and tasts cooler, lighter, and more refreshing. It contains less air […]

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Verona the Beautiful

I love Verona. It is beautiful and opulent. It answers every tourist wishes.  Located in northern Italy’s Veneto region, with a medieval old town built between the meandering Adige River. It’s famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Verona has luxury stores, lots of restaurants, history, museums, castles, art, performances, romance, lots […]

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