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Sep 22, 2017 - Vicenza..Bellissima

Sept.22 Mamma Mia ! A short fast train ride and we have had 2 days in Vicenza and it is INCREDIBLE! The coolest place ever to visit...we have been immersed in the history of the architectural wonders of this fascinating old Italian city. Vicenza is the origin of one of the most famous architects in Italian history, Andrea Palladio, and the city is full of his marvellous creations: palazzos, villas, cathedrals, and teatro, built in the late 16th century, all laid out in well organized walking tours that we trekked over the 2 days. His Teatro...

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Jun 13, 2016 - Pulled over by the Caribinieri

We are now heading north. From the ramparts of Gubbio in Umbria to the world-class 1,500 year-old mosaics in Ravenna to the Veneto city of Vicenza. We have ended the week there for no particular reason than in past years, we have driven by on the highway and said to each other, “You know, some day we should visit Vicenza!” We have added more tough hiking – 25 on the trip so far, with hopefully a few more to come. The weather has been incredibly hot, humid and unsettled, with the “threat” of thunderstorms every day. Some that come...

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La Dolce Vita

Nov 17, 2013 - Vicenza

Sunday: Some domestic chores like washing needed to be done this morning and by the time we stepped out all the streets and squares around were filled with stalls, mainly antiques and cheaper goods. We located the information office at the northern end of town and found out all we wanted to know from a very helpful young lady. We must have looked very old to her because we bought combined tickets for the museums and later discovered that she had given both of us reduced prices without even asking!! Vicenza is the home of Palladio, the...

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Oct 2, 2013 - Vicenza

Our last full day in Italy and our first day of rain. We experienced light drizzle as we wondered round Sirmoine, a lakeside  community just a 45 minute trainride and a hour bus ride away from Vicenza.  Caroline, our host, highly encouraged us to go to it as it the spot the locals like for a R & R get away. We enjoyed the day as we saw the countryside, walked along the lakefront, picniced in the park and had a foot bath in the thermal ponds. We also were remined how lucky we are at home to be able to get to similar spots with so much more...

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Oct 2, 2013 - catching up Our first B&B

After breakfast we walked Peggy to the ferry bus for her transfer to the airport.It was sad to see her go John and I went back to the hotel to pack up and send some emails before catching our train. We walked to the station and although the route was easy to follow now that we knew the directions, it was difficult to maneuver through the crowds. Three cruise ships were filling the narrow streets with awe struck tourists. The train trip was smooth and once reaching Vicenza,  we were able to contact our host by phone. She had arranged for us...

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Oct 27, 2009 - Admiring the Villas

Our last day in Veneto. We were sad we had to leave that land. We liked a lot the culture and art, the food, the people. Before going to the airport we had time to see one more villa by Palladio in the neighbourhood of the city. Villa Almerico Capra is maybe the best of all the villas we have seen during our trip. The guide says the villa is one of the most important for the architecture in the world, because many artists in the future took inspiration from it and imitated it. It has a square shape with four gates on every side of the...

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Oct 26, 2009 - Vicenza, a city of harmony and beauty

Unluckily we had to say goodbye to Marostica because we had booked another hotel in Vicenza. Vicenza is a delightful city, this is what everybody says , but Marostica was already in our heart and we were a little bit sad to leave that peaceful place, that little paradise town. Vicenza is a lovely city in the heart of Veneto, 25 kilometres from Marostica. The first thing that struck us was the sense of elegance of the city. It is a quite big city for this region, but it’s not chaotic and the downtown is a pedestrian area. The historical...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Recent History - Last Sunday Palladio tour

Comune di Bassano del Grappa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassano_del_Grappa Bassano del Grappa (Venetian simply: Basan, italianized: Bassan or Bassàn) is a city and comune in the province of Vicenza, region Veneto, in northern Italy. It bounds the communes of Cassola, Marostica, Solagna, Pove del Grappa, Romano d'Ezzelino, Campolongo sul Brenta, Conco, Rosà, Cartigliano and Nove. The artist Jacopo Bassano was born, worked, and died in Bassano and took it as his surname. Bassano Del Grappa is also famous for the spirit Grappa. The city was...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Domenica - last day living at Vicenza

It is now 7.27am on Tuesday 7.7.09 I have woken up to find that during this window of opprtunity I have .... internet. Don't know how or who, not even stopping to look, just racing to review, rotate, delete, label, all the sorts of tidy up journal activities that are not possible when the internet drops out after a minute or two. So sorry you have had to suffer looking at some pictures sideways, or in multiple copies. XX Jen

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Jul 4, 2009 - FYI - Standing on ceremony....

Chatting with Dave, he mentioned my having my meals out 'still standing up'. I said yes - so far they have all been standing up, or on a high stool. He joked that when I come home I will want to eat in the same way. Maybe we should clear the mantle piece. But if you are wondering why .... I learnt ahead of time from my own personal Italian Journey Consultative Committee, ie. my Italian class (of 4, including teacher), that when in Italy, if you choose to eat sitting down at a table in a caffe, trattoria, ristorante etc - it costs more!...

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Jul 4, 2009 - Sabato - Saturday - the weekend - what will I do today?

"What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago." ~ Erica Jong What will today bring? Allora - well, for starters, emails from home!!! Yay. Thank you darlings, it bring a smile to my face as I read the news from different corners of my world. You all must be having a weekend - hope it's a good one for you in chilly Sydney. As I wrote to Jake, I have been blessed today with the luxury of a sleep-in....

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Jul 3, 2009 - some past history - last Friday morning a Vicenza

Ciao, and grazie (said with more of an Italian accent!) a Flora, Antonio e Carol per le email yesterday. When I return from my various wanderings - with their ups and downs - it is such a gioia when I turn on the computer to see the 'You've got mail' indicator. And Flora, you mentioned it's nice to see me in some photos - I won't feel so guilty now photographing myself as I do, on trains, in shop windows, and commonly, in the mirror!. Of course being here on my own, travelling alone, means all sorts of things. Tony - you mentioned the...

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