Magical Venice: Italian holiday part seven


January 30th, 2015

Ready for one last trip out of Padua, in the morning of the seventh of January my husband, parents-in-law, Australian friends and I caught a train for a short 30 minute journey to magical Venice. I was feeling very touched and unsteady as I usually feel when traveling to Venice. The idea of visiting this... View Article

A teenager in a small town


January 28th, 2015

For the Modern Lifestyle section another story of real life, this time my cousin Daniele tells us about his lifestyle as a teenager living in a small town. “Hi, my name is Daniele, I am 18 and I am studying for a diploma in surveying. I live in Santa Teresa di Spoltore (2 hours east... View Article

Christmas markets: vacanza italiana part six


January 26th, 2015

The stops: Merano, Innsbruck, Bressanone, Ortisei, Bolzano From the 4th to the 6th of this month we were excited to go and explore the Christmas markets. Matteo and Roberta (my brother-in-law and his girlfriend) unexpectedly booked a place near Ortisei for 2 nights as their gift wedding for us, so sweet! And very much appreciated... View Article

Charming Pedrocchi: vacanza italiana part five


January 23rd, 2015

The good thing about living away from your home country is that you can get married wherever you like. The good thing about getting married away from for your home country is that you have to go back to celebrate with relatives and friends that cannot come to the wedding. The even better thing about... View Article

New Year’s resolutions: vacanza italiana part four


January 19th, 2015

After a Christmas spent in my region we traveled to Padua to enjoy the other half of the holiday in the even colder north-eastern lands of Italy. For the last day of 2014 my husband and I stayed at home with his parents. New Year’s eve went by very quickly, a relaxed chatting morning and... View Article

Christmas games: vacanza italiana part three


January 16th, 2015

A white Christmas in Italy deserves some traditional Christmas games, and this year we couldn’t be the exception. A few days before New Year’s Eve we organized a game night with friends to get together around a table and laugh all night. We started with an unavoidable tombola (similar to Bingo), ours was the Neapolitan... View Article

Princess for one night: vacanza italiana part two


January 14th, 2015

After the intimate wedding that we had on the beautiful Island of Mauritius in October 2014 it came the time for us to go home and celebrate with family and friends. So in December last year Nicola (my husband) and I spent an amazing white Christmas in Abruzzo. The next day, Boxing day (and my... View Article

My romantic fairytale: vacanza italiana part one


January 12th, 2015

During the past Christmas holidays in Italy my husband and I had the pleasure to show to our Australian friends one of the highlights of my region: Santo Stefano di Sessanio. The village of Santo Stefano has been nominated one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is part of the Gran Sasso e... View Article

University of Padua and Palazzo Bo


January 9th, 2015

The University of Padua is among the earliest universities of the world and the second oldest in Italy. The University of Padua is one of Italy’s leading universities and my second home for five amazing years. Padua is the town that saw me growing up and getting a bit wiser. I started this journey when I was... View Article

San Gimignano, a medieval village on the Tuscan hills


January 5th, 2015

My husband has great memories of San Gimignano, a medieval village on the Tuscan hills. He has been here three times, on the second time in the early years 2000 he went with some friends for a long weekend stay. Initially chosen for its convenient location halfway between Siena and the magical Florence, San Gimignano... View Article

Amulet from Naples


January 2nd, 2015

On my wedding day my daddy brought a typical amulet from Naples, a cornetto that he presented to me the day before the ceremony. It must have been a gift from my mum whose origins are Neapolitan. My mum told me to start wearing it immediately and to believe it would bring me and my... View Article