Venice, an Endangered Species?

I was introduced to Jane da Mosto a few months ago at a social and arts event in Venice. Holder of a zoology degree from the University of Oxford as well as a Masters degree from the Imperial College London, Jane is an environmental scientist and an experienced consultant on sustainable development and climate change.

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In Venice and in Grand Style: the Art of Damien Hirst

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, enunciated this, and would probably have upheld this view if he had seen the artwork of Damien Hirst, one of the most famous creators of contemporary art and reportedly the United Kingdom’s richest living artist. Or would he?

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Fifty Shades of Blue in Padua

Blue… midnight blue, electric blue, royal blue, sky blue… According to public opinions polls conducted in Europe and North America, blue is the most popular colour with both men and women. It is a favourite of mine too. And the shade of blue I like the most is the Giotto blue. You’ve never heard of this shade before?

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In and Around the City of Palladio (2)

In our last article, as you may remember, we embarked on a hibernal visit to Vicenza. This week, we shall continue, and conclude, our impassioned tour of the “City of Palladio”.

How about eating? We have been sightseeing, walking a lot, shopping for hats, drinking one or two “Spritz” (or “Spritzes”?)… Now it’s high time we fed ourselves on local specialties. One of Vicenza’s best known recipes is the delicious – and quite nourishing! – baccalà mantecato alla Vicentina, codfish cooked with milk and olive oil, and served with polenta. The ideal dish for the snowy, magical atmosphere of a cold winter day in the Veneto.

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In and Around the City of Palladio (1)

How about starting with a quick quiz? Here are the clues… It is a relatively small but very cosmopolitan Italian city. More than two thousand years old. Lying about 60 kilometers west of Venice. Its name has a Latin root meaning “victorious”. Its steel, jewellery and textile industries have made it one of the country’s richest towns. Together with the superb villas built by Andrea Palladio, the celebrated Italian architect, it was listed in 1994 as a Unesco World Heritage site…

Who said “Vicenza”?… Congratulations!

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A Great Multisensory Experience

Eight restaurants in the whole of Italy have three Michelin stars. Located near our Trust&Travel rentals in Frassanelle and La Montecchia – more precisely in Sarmeola di Rubano, a village lying in the vicinity of Padua, – Le Calandre is one of these eight gourmet paradises. Ranked at the top of all the major Italian restaurant guides, it is also considered one of the world’s 50 best restaurants by the William Reed-Pellegrino-Acqua Panna initiative: www.theworlds50best.com. Continue Reading →

Fine, Very Fine Cuisine Again!

Italian food, one of the great wonders of the modern world! One of my great passions too, as you probably know by now.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a one Michelin star restaurant which I am particularly fond of. It lies in Northern Italy, within the La Montecchia golf club, next to the beautiful La Montecchia estate, and its name is, can you guess?… yes, La Montecchia. Continue Reading →

The Great Paolo Veronese Event

Few Italian artists have captured the colours of the Veneto Renaissance, its luminous spaces and its splendid architecture as effectively as Paolo Veronese (1528-1588). A series of five exhibitions are currently bringing back to the Veneto masterpieces from Europe and North America which left the region centuries ago. Continue Reading →

The Contemporary Mountain

“Have you ever been to the Arte Sella  biodegradable exhibition, Katharina?
–        The what? Biodegradable exhibition?! Where on earth is that being held? And for how long? If it’s biodegradable, I guess we have to hurry if we want to see it!”

My reply made my friend laugh. “No, we don’t have to hurry”, he said.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Venetia – PART 2

“So, what wonder are you promising us today, Katharina? my brother asked me on the fourth day of our family holiday at the Villa Valmarana.

– Well, today I suggest we get romantic and head for the hometown of Romeo and Juliet…” Continue Reading →



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