Brushstrokes to eternity – 500 years of Raphael, the ‘divine painter’

The “divine painter”, a sensible genius, prince of the arts, almost a mortal God. People from all over the world attribute these titles to Raphael Sanzio, one of the greatest Renaissance artists. Five hundred years after Raphael’s death, the celebrations in Italy have been suspended by the Covid-19 emergency. The works rest in dark, climate-controlled Read More …

Them, the precious… words

Words, words, words… Beautiful or not so beautiful. Funny or aggressive ones. Words of greeting, dissatisfaction or gratitude; of joy, praise or offensive. Small or very large ones. In Italian as in any other language, they are countless and each one is precious in its own way. They teach us, cause us to reflect, change Read More …

COVID-19 #iorestoacasa or saving Italy… in pyjamas

In times of war everyone picks the most appropriate weapons and run to the battlefield to win. During the Roman Empire, to win a battle the legionnaires protected themselves with nice shields, helmets, lances and heavy armor weighting about 66 lbs. During the Great War, the soldiers readied themselves wearing military uniforms and handling rifles Read More …

On Italian immigrants Day, a tribute to Valentino and Elvira

Even the town of Torreglia, located in Veneto, adds history to that book entitled Italy whose my great-grandparents Valentino and Elvira were also co-authors. Keeping the memory alive, we rescue our past. This is a retelling of farewells and meetings, a short paragraph of this story written by those who left, and unknown to the Read More …

Venice carnival, a unique experience

Experiencing Venice’s carnival is something to do at least once in your life. There is nothing quite like it. It’s like waking up in a dream and realizing you are at St. Mark’s square in the eighteenth century. The world has changed outside, and change you inside. The colors, laces, appliques, smooth velvet, the beauty Read More …

Italy is like a book

And like all books, it boasts a… Foreword Strolling along the streets in Italy is like taking a trip on board of a history book. A beautiful full-color edition. Every corner tells us something, you just have to listen. Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, wrote: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly”. Read More …