San Giorgio Maggiore
General Info, Places to Visit

Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore   Almost every visitor to Venice sees it; and most snap a picture of it—yet only a handful of people ever bother taking the quick vaporetto ride over to visit the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. It is a shame, since they’re missing not only one of the architectural beauties of Venice but one that is decorated with works by Tintoretto, Carpaccio and Jacopo Bassano.   San Giorgio Maggiore is a 16th-century […]

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Basilica of San Zeno
Places to Visit

The Basilica of San Zeno, Verona

The Basilica of San Zeno The Basilica of San Zeno is one of the most beautiful (and better preserved) examples of Romanesque architecture in the whole Northern part of Italy. The main chapel is built in Gothic style between 1386 and 1398 by Giovanni and Nicolò da Ferrara. The warm colors of the facade is striking due to the alternated use of tufa stone and bricks. The bronze doors (below) are a real masterpiece, obtained […]

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Pailo di Parma
General Info

Palio di Parma, Parma

Palio di Parma You have no doubt heard of the famous Palio horserace held twice a year in Sienna, Italy. It is an amazing event; one to which we still have not yet attended but is on our “bucket list”. It seems other areas of Italy also have Palio races. We happen to see barracides being put up in Piazza Garibaldi only to discover that Parma’s version was being held that day! The Palio takes place […]

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Food, General Info

Grocery Shopping in Italy

Grocery shopping in Italy is an event all its own. You must bring your own bag to put your groceries in or you get charged about $.12€ for each bag. That can add up. In some stores, they even charge you to use a metal cart. They always have a plastic bin that has a handle and wheels free of charge. We use that. Of course we laugh when we see a familiar item for […]

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Food, Restaurants

Take Away, Parma

Italy = Take Away  •  USA = Take Out When Gary & I got to Italy, we didn’t always want to eat out so we soon figured out that when you want “take out” you tell the restaurant or cafe you want “take away”. We found a place close to the train station that has FANTASTIC take away. The name is Salumeria Garibaldi and it is located on the corner of Via Garibaldi and Strada […]

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General Info, Places to Visit

Modena, Italy

Modena (pernounced: Mo-den-a) is an Italian town of 184,973 inhabitants and capital of the province in Emilia-Romagna. It is south of Parma and north of Bologna on the same train line.   Factories famous in Modena are the famous Italian sports car makers Ferrari, DeTomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani, and Maserati are, or were, located here and all, except Lamborghini, have headquarters in the city or nearby. One of Ferrari’s cars, the 360 Modena, was named after the town itself. […]

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