The Villas of the Venetian Republic: Tiepolo Passi

For over a millennium, the Most Serene Republic of Venice — La Serenissima — was a super rich, majestic and innovative maritime power that was the leader in trade and diplomacy between Europe and… Continue reading

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Ski Trek Villabassa 2014: Veni, Vidi, Edi

With apologies to Julius Caesar, just a slight word swap on the famous Latin quote attributed to him following his swift and victorious military campaign at the Battle of Zela in 47 BC: Veni,… Continue reading

Phoneographic Black Runs over White

Fresh off a ski week — no broken bones, in case you’re wondering — high in the Dolomites around the Val Pusteria of the Trentino Alto Adige region of northern Italy, my trusty… Continue reading

Phoneographic Phrames of Nature

This week, ringtone shooters are going up against Mother Nature to phone in a few shots of, well, NATURE for the every-Monday-of-the-month Phoneography Challenge (PC). I’ve been on hiatus from the PC for… Continue reading

Caption the Moment #7

“We’ve gotta go INSIDE the can?”

La Befana: What a Way to Go

While most households that celebrate the Christmas season have already taken down the ornaments and thrown away the tree, and, most importantly, begun wondering how they’re going to pay off the credit-card debt,… Continue reading

Ski Trek 2014: Chicken Wings and other Things

When gli italiani load up the car, van or SUV, and store skis, poles, boots and sleds inside the “coffin” up on the roof, it can mean only one thing: Settimana Bianca (white… Continue reading

Caption the Moment #6

“Hey, ref! That guy’s clearly offside.”

Country Roads of Italy: Epilogue

It’s been a little over a month — real-time, not virtual — since I was aboard Insight Vacations‘ motor coach, reclined in my business-class legroom seat, rolling through Umbria and Tuscany wondering what… Continue reading

Sunday with Zia O

If it weren’t for my sister-in-law, Olivanna — Zia O to my girls — I’d starve to death. Well, almost. She’s wined and dined me for years. Normally, I find myself at la… Continue reading