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A day at the beach


September 13th, 2015

On a typical Italian midsummer day all you need is a beach umbrella with some beach chairs, an acquaintance form the beach and maybe a book or cocktail in your hand. For the not so young anymore a card game (gioco a carte) is a must as well as a bocce game. But we rarely... View Article

Casoni on the Venetian lagoon


September 10th, 2015

Here we are, back to Italy for a break from this cold and rainy Victorian winter. It is mid August and we land in Venice on a hot summer day. On the very next day, jet lag apart, my husband and I take advantage of my in laws’ kind attitude and availability and ask them... View Article

Two brothers and artisans, one passion: interior design


April 14th, 2015

My dear friends Marco and Alberto, two brothers living and working in Padua and owners of Almar (www.almaritalia.it), interviewed on their lifetime passion as artisans and entrepreneurs in interior design. “We love what we do and we dedicate to our job all our time (including our free time). We started learning about interior design at... View Article

Jesolo, our personal retreat on the Venetian lagoon


March 30th, 2015

My mother in law, talks about Jesolo, our personal retreat on the Venetian lagoon. Jesolo is a sunny town on the Venetian lagoon renowned seaside resort, famous for its summer attractions. “Our beach house in Jesolo was furnished by our family, my sons collaborated to decide all the decorations, so we now feel it is... View Article

Padua: traditions from the past and present


March 18th, 2015

My beloved mother in law Anna writes down some memories of her childhood in Padua, Veneto region. “My husband and I were both born in the 1950s in Padua, Veneto region, when the cultural and social transformation was very strong but we distinctly remember some old professions: • The knife grinder (el moleta in the... View Article

Venice Carnival: the most gluttonous festival


February 20th, 2015

“La festa più golosa del mondo!” I have always celebrated Carnival, I have pictures dated 1989 with a little me dressed as a Spanish lady. As a little girl my mum used to dress me up and take me to the main piazza in town to watch the confetti carpet covering the entire surface of... View Article

Villa Contarini: an architectural masterpiece


February 2nd, 2015

A tribute to Anna, my mother in law: Piazzola sul Brenta, a comune in the province of Padua (Veneto region) and her home town. Anna and her family moved to Padova when she was only 3 years old. From that day on and for many years she used to go back to Piazzola to visit... View Article

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

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

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. Below: Padua (Padova) – aerial view of the town Padua is the town that saw me growing up and getting a... View Article

Federica’s everyday life in Treviso


December 5th, 2014

For the section “Modern lifestyle” here is Federica’s story. Federica is one of my friends for University, she currently lives close to Treviso (30 kms North of Venice). She talks about her lifestyle as a young woman living in a small Italian town these days. “Ciao everyone, My name’s Federica, I am 27 years old... View Article