Cison di Valmarino (TV), Italy

A small, interesting and historical town to visit in the province of Treviso, Italy.

Castelbrando… A medieval castle built on top of a limestone rock overlooking the city of Cison di Valmarino, province of Treviso, Italy.

The streets decorated with these red Christmas trees…

An old well..

A Nativity…

A red “500” car and a sign ” Uno dei Borghi più belli d’Italia” – part of an association of towns of historical interest founded in 2001 on the initiative of the tourism council of the “Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani” with the aim of preserving and maintaining villages of quality heritage.

Article 13 “Personal liberty shall be inviolable”

Article 11. “Italy rejects war as an instrument of aggression against the freedom of people and as a means of settlement of international disputes…”

Article 4 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic.

Article 3 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic.

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to read everything but I took some pictures of some articles of the Italian Constitution written on wood.

Oh! I actually saw three houses with slogans during the fascist regime in Italy which really made me think…was it really important to restore (making it legible) those slogans? What was the true purpose of making those slogans clear and easy enough to be read by anyone? 🤔

It’s already January 6 here in Italy and it’s a national holiday. Epiphany – the feast of the Three Kings, “La Befana”- the old Witch who brings toys/goodies to children who have been good during the year and “Carbone”- a candy which looks like charcoal for those who have been naughty during the past year.

and…

“Panevin”- Bread and wine (celebrated on the 5th of January). A tradition in the Veneto region who used a bonfire to evoke the sun. Another tradition of Panevin is a crop forecast (I think, the town of Arcade, in the province of Treviso, Italy, best represents this tradition!). “Falive a mattina, tol su el saco e va a farina – When the smoke goes east, take a bag and go begging. ” Se la falive le va a sera, de polenta pien caliera” – When the smoke goes west, the crop will be good, the pot full with polenta.

What would be this year’s forecast? I have to read the newspaper tomorrow to know it!

For those who are Christians, I wish you Happy Three Kings! For those who are not, wishing you an amazing day! 😊

The last day of the year 2019

Going to work and finding …

Parco Sant’Artemio, Treviso (TV), Italy

The road…

A fantastic gift.

Wishing everyone a wonderful end of the year and…

My wish for everyone is…

For a year full of good opportunities

For a year of peace, joy and good health

For a year of wisdom and hope for better things to come

For a year of LOVE.

Goodnight

Sunset, Santo Stefano di Barbozza, Valdobbiadene (TV), Italy

The day is almost done

Today will be tomorrow’s past

Memories… the fervid hope that tomorrow will bring new beginnings and opportunities.

A new hope of better things to come.

A beautiful sunset…

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Bardolino, Lake Garda, Italy

It’s a  cloudy and cold day and yet… this small but very interesting town in Lake Garda has so much magic in it, the day seemed brighter and warmer.

Lake Garda and…

Who hanged this heart of stone?

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“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly” this phrase reminds me of…The little Prince (in the book written by Antoine de Saint Exupèry) “It is only in the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”.

Someone painted this on a wall…

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Love is…

Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday!

“Acqua alta”, Venice

Venice…Though in the past few days the city and its inhabitants were greatly affected by the bad weather condition here in the north of Italy, though in some parts of Saint Mark’s  Square you can still see the effects of the “acqua alta”, considered as one of the worst in the history of Venice, it is amazing how this historical city in the veneto region, for me, the most romantic city in the world,  is still so beautiful though today it seems to be pleading to be protected and preserved for the future generations to come. Venice is not only a beautiful city but it also represents one of the most precious and beautiful legacy the past has ever given to humanity.

 

A seagull…a beautiful sight amidst the effects of “acqua alta” in Venice.

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Gondolas and “acqua alta”. Too much water under the bridge near “Bacino Orseolo”.

November 29, 2019

A wheel and a Lake

Lake Landro, Val Landro, Dobbiaco, Italy

This wheel is part of the cableway which brought provisions from Lake Landro to Mt. Piana for the soldiers during the First World War – Italy – Austria.

It is in moments like visiting such an amazing Lake and in knowing about its role during the First World War which makes me understand the value of peace and freedom.

Good day to all!

Pompei, Naples, Italy

I think the best way to visit Naples is having somebody from the place to tour you around the city. I didn’t waste our time and though it was just a day trip, we were able to see some important landmarks of the city. Like the churches of San Gennaro, Santa Filomena, piazzale Largo San Martino e most of all…to finally visit the city of Pompei. I was not really prepared to see a city destroyed by a violent eruption of a volcano but what I saw left me with mixed emotions.

Inside the church of San Gennaro, Naples, Italy

The following pictures are from the archeological site of the ancient Roman city of Pompei:

Oh! Aside from the breathtaking view of Naples, the coastline and Mt. Vesuvio from “Piazzale Largo San Martino, you can also find shops where you can buy handmade “Cameos”. Honestly, I am quiet worried for all those who are living very near the volcano!

Traveling is really a very good way to learn deeper about places and its people. Often, prejudiced opinions written or said has the power to discourage anyone but surely, for me, one of the best ways to understand and see reality is experiencing or seeing it with my own eyes, not through the eyes or experiences of someone else.