Category Archives: Italian heritage

Redefining Beauty: Giustina Renier Michiel

How does one go about translating Shakespeare into other languages? His language is so particular to its time and place, and he coined so many new phrases and has such an immense vocabulary. Yet Giustina Renier Michiel was arguably the … Continue reading

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Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here #4

“Many desirable lots unsold.” –Ed Harris Was Harris a real estate agent? A lackey of Robert Kernodle who had some cash to buy property in Venice? Again, what is the date? So difficult to determine in these old postcards. But … Continue reading

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Sharing: Postcards from the Boot

A friend recently introduced me to this website Postcards from the Boot, a paean to Italy and all its foods, colors, sights, and joys. Look for the May 4, 2019, post, also listed under the “Places” category. Carla Gambescia clearly … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese is one of Rome’s treasures. It’s roughly 198 acres of gardens and contains a number of buildings, art venues, statues, water features, and walking paths. The Spanish Steps lead up to it at one end, and another … Continue reading

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Gondolas4All

Seen in Venice near Piazzale Roma. What a great graphic, no? And what a great idea. Apparently they opened a special pier in 2016. Here’s the siteĀ Gondolas4AllĀ if you want to check it out or support the cause.

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Piero Bellini

I was very fortunate to meet Piero Bellini many years ago when the artist Tony Green said that Piero could help me find an apartment for the summer. Since then, we’ve shared drinks in the Ghetto, live jazz music, a … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The House of M. Poletti

You may remember in Walk #2 that I told you about the yellow house next door, here on the Piazza di Spagna, where Casanova took his French lessons in 1744. But he lived here, in #32, when he returned to … Continue reading

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