2014 – Venice and the treasures of the 4th Crusade

2014 – Venice and the treasures of the 4th Crusade

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Italy, Veneto, Venice | No Comments

From the 11th-16th centuries, Venice was the Master of the Sea, the Merchant to World and the greatest Naval power in Europe. She was known as ‘La Serenissima’, ‘Il Stato da Mar’ and ‘La Dominante’. The Republic of Venice was so obsessed with it’s maritime livelihood that every Ascension Day, the Doge would sail to […]

2014 – Verona: Ancient Rome, Medieval Warlords and Romeo and Juliet tourism

2014 – Verona: Ancient Rome, Medieval Warlords and Romeo and Juliet tourism

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Italy, Veneto, Verona | No Comments

For a city of around 275,000 inhabitants, Verona can swell twice it’s size between June and September, most of t come for the Summer Opera Season at the Verona Arena or to see the (fictional) home of Juliet Capulet. In between these two big draws there is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage City filled with ancient […]

2010 – Venice; San Polo, San Marco and the Vaporetto pass

2010 – Venice; San Polo, San Marco and the Vaporetto pass

Posted by on Jun 22, 2010 in Italy, Veneto, Venice | No Comments

It was an early flight but it was really inexpensive. We arrived to the Venice airport at 7:30am but couldn’t check into the apartment until 2:15pm. We planned to leave just our bags at the train station, have a walkabout and pick them up later. Upon arriving to the terminal at the Aeroporto Marco Polo, we […]

2005 – Tuscan Vandalism and the Brenta River of the Veneto

2005 – Tuscan Vandalism and the Brenta River of the Veneto

Posted by on Aug 8, 2005 in Florence, Italy, Tuscany, Veneto | No Comments

Florence The big news in Florence. Last night a local idiot climbed up Bartolomeo Ammannati’s fountain of Neptune in the Piazza Signoria and as he stepped into “Il Biancone’s” hand, it broke off and the vandal fell, crashing into the clamshell fountain below.The fountain has been there since 1565.  Some reports were that the vandal […]

2004 – Venice and the Veneto

2004 – Venice and the Veneto

Posted by on Oct 5, 2004 in Italy, Veneto, Venice | No Comments

The stretch of the Adriatic Coast from Pescara to Venice is flat, the water is bile colored acquamarine and the high rise apartment buildings and new condominiums springing up the coast make it look more like Miami beach than Italy. But at the end of the ride is one of the most beautiful cities in […]

2003 – Padua – Celebrating my Birthday on the Feast of St Martin

2003 – Padua – Celebrating my Birthday on the Feast of St Martin

Posted by on Nov 11, 2003 in Italy, Padua, Veneto | No Comments

“I’ve come to wive it wealthily in Padua” was how Cole Porter wrote it for the score of “Kiss me Kate”. Actually in the three days we spent walking through this town, we only saw one small reference to Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”. I guess the Padovans feel their own history is a more […]