Why Do Buildings in Venice Look so Neglected? Buildings in Venice, Italy looked so old and neglected by choice. This is a HUGE feature in their sense of pride, their own self-image.
Let’s take luxury travel in a different direction: into the bowels of Italy. Not necessarily spelunking in the strict sense, but simply touring. Caves hold a mysterious fascination that pings a bell of intrigue in all of us. A benefit of Italian caves is that if you focus your travel around caves during the day, […]
It all happened in the blink of an eye. Your dream vacation has turned into a nightmarish circus of recovery, and all you want to do is find the way to end it and get back to the safety of your own home.
So what kind of circumstance could possibly cause this kind of hellishness during your vacation?
FLOOD CAUSES HAVOC IN BELOVED ISLAND CITY BY PATTY CIVALLERI Recent dramatic photographs and headlines regarding the flooding of the city of Venice, Italy, are causing global speculation as to the long-term outlook for the iconic city. Heavy winds, dramatically high tides, a sudden change in air pressure, and an incomplete underwater tidal barrier system […]
Simply stated, the Renaissance was a series of events that triggered the end of the Dark Ages, aka, the Middle Ages. Loosely speaking, think of the Dark Ages as people who’s thoughts and deeds were limited to the rules of the church and/or their local rulers. They couldn’t speak their minds openly, or anything else. […]
Many luxury travelers have seen the major tourist cities in Italy such as Rome, Florence, and Venice. They have probably even visited the second-tier hot spots of Cinqueterre, the Amalfi Coast, and Sienna. An area of Italy that is difficult to visit is Tuscany. Not because it is hard to find nor even hard to […]
RESOLUTION: I WILL WRITE AND PUBLISH 2 BOOKS THIS YEAR – but HOW? People often ask me how I manage to get any writing done with this crazy lifestyle of mine. It’s easy. I just sit down and write. I don’t think about it, I don’t put pressure on it. I just sit down and […]
One of the intrinsic benefits of luxury travel is getting to wander off the main tourist path and visit places that can are stimulating from an intellectual point of view. The ancient city of Pompeii on Italy’s west coast is just such a place. It experienced a catastrophic ending, and within 1 day, it was […]
For the luxury-minded traveler, Cinque Terra is the gift to yourself that never stops giving. It will provide you with a lifetime of memories that, because of the unusual scenic treasures, will stand out from the other trips you have taken in your lifetime. It is both a National Park as well as a UNESCO […]
Everyone that visits Venice will go to St. Mark’s Square, period. And you must as well. But how can you do it differently than the millions of selfie-taking tourists while garnering food for your brain and staying cool to boot? Most consider St. Mark’s Square to consist of the Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the […]
The name Aswan may conger images of a pharaonically immense dam project from the 60’s. Or maybe you are trying to remember whodunit aboard Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” river cruise boat. Or perhaps you may have never heard of it at all. The city of Aswan lies at the far southern end of
Cameras have evolved into a permanent must-have part of our mainstream culture. Whether it is a part of a smart phone, or a high-end DSLR, we use them to communicate online and off, for email and social media, for business and education. This article will show you how to get stunning photos when you get […]
My thanks to ItalianTourism.us for posting this great info about traveling to Italy. Dig through ~ they have done a great job! Click the “CONTINUE READING” link for a simple labeled map of Italy.
By Patty Civalleri There are many reasons why people find their way to Florence, some of which may be by accident. The simple facts that Florence is “on the route” between Rome and Venice, or it is “included in the Italy package” are some of the more common ways that people get to Florence. Most […]
This technique is called ‘the Lost Wax’ method. It is the method that Master Andrea del Verrocchio used to create his timeless sculpture of “David” among others. This method was widely used during the Renaissance period, and is still used by some masters today.
Andrea del Verrocchio (pron “ver-OH-kee-oh”) Born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de’ Cioni, he was trained under a master goldsmith, Giuliano Verrocchio, from whom Andrea took the name, which translates to “true eyes.” He grew up with Lorenzo d’Medici (aka, Lorenzo the Magnificent) as a close friend. Although a bachelor for life, he lived with […]
I know that people have time limits when traveling, and they want to see more than one single place. But Florence is quite different than most other places because of what I will tell you in 4 short paragraphs. If I had a limited vacation and was flying across the world, I would spend no […]
Traveling with children can be challenging, especially when visiting a historic and artistic city like Florence. So to answer this question, I have a couple of fun ways to keep them completely engaged as they learn about the city through game playing, and while giving you the freedom to explore the city your own way.
Note: I wrote this to answer the question in the Quora.com website. The answer to this question depends upon your personal interests, so I’ll throw out a few of my own favs. A fantastic place from which to see the sunset over the city: Piazzale Michelangelo. You can either walk up to it, or take […]
Historian, photographer and new author Patty Civalleri launches a new kind of Travel Guide, “FLORENCE: A Traveler’s Guide to its Gems & Giants.” Designed to take you a step deeper into your trip to Florence, Italy, Civalleri has created it as a set of four products: a Paperback Book, an EBOOK, a FunBook, and an […]