27 October 2013


Monselice, where yesterday awaits.
The impressive Grimani Marcello Cini Castle towers above the city. This building, dating from the 11th century, was enlarged several times and eventually was fully restored by the count Giorgio Cini, who provided it with new furniture and mounted a valuable collection of arms.
In 1278, by command of the emperor Federico II, the existing town walls were extended and the parish church of Santa Giustina was built - the old cathedral, in which the poet Petrarca resided.
With the successive domination by the Republic of Venice, the town continued to be embellished with important monuments, such as the Duodo, Contarini and Nani Villas.
Between 1605 and 1615, the aristocratic Venetian Duodo family commissioned Vincenzo Scamozzi to design and build the sanctuary of the Seven Churches.

Villa Duodo at Monselice:
The medieval castle at Monselice:
Monselice landscape:
Villa Emo at Rivella di Monselice, that recalls the best of Palladian architecture, especially in its imposing front pillars and geometric layout of its extensive italian-style garden:
Veneto map with airports:

Online opportunities: another way to save money on airfare to Veneto is to route yourself through another European city first, and you can buy a separate ticket to and from Venice or Treviso on one of Europe's famous low-cost airlines (Easyjet, Ryanair, Germanwings, Transavia, etc..).


26 October 2013

Wanted used postage stamps

Can you help ...?
Wanted used postage stamps for philately promotion to kids (stamp collecting offers a world of interest). All kinds, in duplicates, on paper, are welcome.
This is a permanent appeal, so stamps can be sent at any time of the year. Thank you. Ask my gift-offer. Roberto, Italy (roberto88264@yahoo.it)
How do you start collecting postage stamps?
Where to get used stamps from?
It's easy. You can save the stamps from the envelopes & postcards that comes to your place. You can ask your friends and relatives to save the stamps from their mail for you.
The one thing I must ask is if stamps could be left on the envelope and cut off leaving about two cm of paper surrounding the stamp, to prevent damage. Trim the excess from around the stamp, but be careful not to cut the stamp. Never pull the stamps from the paper. Thank you.
Stamp collecting is fun & culture:



Venice, unique and beautiful.
You have to take the ferry if you want to tour the city. Exactly, no streets, but amazing canals full of water. Fascination and mystery are unimaginable.
Venice is unique and it makes you stand open-mouthed. The impact is strong, incredible and surreal, and you get the same feeling every time you come back.
The city holds too much beauty in the form of artworks and architectures. With its gorgeous setting, the city is dubbed to be one of the most romantic and most beautiful cities, not just in Europe, but throughout the world.
Numerous couples visit Venice to experience the love and elegance that the city offers.

Venice landscape:
Venice, sunset on the Canal Grande:
Carnival in Venice:



Art and history wherever you look.
You really enter the heart of Chioggia ... on one hand because you cross St. Mary's Gate and, on the other, because you feel like you're crossing an imaginary boundary - that of time. It's as if you're entering a different, slower, older, more enjoyable world.
The majestic cathedral, the Romanesque-style bell tower that you can see in the distance ... as you walk under the archways, something captures your attention every few steps: St. James' Basilica, Palazzo Granaio and St. Andrew's Church with its bell tower dispaying the oldest tower clock in the world.

Chioggia landscapes: