The Teatro Olimpico is one of Vicenza’s artistic wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This theatre is the absolute climax of the creativity of one of the greatest Italian architects, Andrea Palladio, who was openly inspired by the Roman theatres described by Vitruvius. Commissioned in 1580 by the Olympic Academy, Palladio began planning it in...

Are you sure you know everything about Carnival in Italy? We will help you with an excursus that goes from the origins, through the typical masks and sweets of the Italian carnival tradition, up to the indication of the most beautiful carnivals in Italy. The origins of Carnival in Italy and beyond are closely linked to religious culture, as they ar...

The Giusti garden is located in Verona, just a few steps from the city center and close to the Roman theater. Commissioned by the Tuscan Giusti family, who moved to Verona in the 15th century, it is a splendid example of an Italian-style garden. In the second half of the 16th century, Count Agostino Giusti had the fields behind the palace, which at...

The idea of a city perfectly geometric in shape and surrounded by walls was popular among philosophers, artists, and well-educated people of 16th-century Europe, and many representations of such a perfect town can be found in the art and literature of the time. So when the architects of the Republic of Venice were presented with the rare opportunit...

From the 2nd Century AD to the end of the Middle Ages, it was an accepted tenet that monkeys had the inner workings quite like those of man. This was the anatomical point of departure established by the 2nd-Century Greek physician Claudius Galenus – commonly referred to as Galen – who at the time was the authority on all things medical in Western E...

The Basilica of Santa Maria e San Donato dates to the seventh century, back when the islands comprising the Venetian archipelago were a loose association communities seeing refugee from Germanic invasions. The church’s original dedication was only to Santa Maria—”e San Donato” (“and St. Donatus”) was added in 1125 after the remains of the saint and...

For those dreaming of a golf vacation, Italy offers a number of itineraries that also include the best of wellness, cuisine and art. From north to south, in mountains or at sea, on the Peninsula and off, one can find a wide variety of greens set against spectacular backdrops, and characterized by significant cultural, artistic and enogastronomical...

Villa della Torre Allegrini is located in Fumane, in the province of Verona. Immersed in Valpolicella – an area known for its excellent wines – it is indeed surrounded by the Palazzo della Torre vineyard, eponym of the wine included in “Wine Spectator”’s Top 100 for several years. The residence’s layout resembles that of a Roman domus, with a centr...

The charm and mystery of Venice always attracted the attention of many visitors. Enchanted by its beauty, most of them hope to visit unique Venice again. Distance can be an issue, but for some citizens of the world, things are easier than for others, because they may live near one of Venice’s “sisters in beauty,” cities that, because of their confo...

Buongiorno from Italy, where I just made my first visit to the VicenzaOro show (still running through Jan. 23!). Thanks to the Italian Exhibition Group, I was fortunate enough to be part of an international hosted press delegation, and I don’t think it’s the prosecco talking when I say that this show is fantasticoin every way. (But let’s not discou...