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Joy and Canocchie in Venice

Thank you to Dale R. who stayed at the Venice Marino apartment. Dale gave us permission to share this with all of our Italy Perfect Blog followers.

On our final evening in Venice my wife and I meandered from San Marco to the Rialto bridge, working up quite a seafood appetite. We stopped at nearly every restaurant; I was looking for a specific dish in a place with a view, craving Risotto alle Canocchie and the theater of Italian life. Continue reading

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Every Caravaggio Painting in Rome

The greatest painter of the Renaissance was Caravaggio according to many experts. Born Michelangelo Merisi, his lively character and grandiose personality would rival modern celebrities. He arrived in Rome in 1592, a penniless painter’s apprentice. A decade later he had become the most famous painter in the world as well as a gambler and a murdering outlaw! He left Rome in a hurry and lived as an outlaw for a few more years before dying of illness at 28 years old.

His painting was known for radical naturalism and chiaroscuro, dramatic light and shadow. In Rome you can find 18 of his masterpieces, many freely accessed in churches

How many have you seen? Please leave a comment! Continue reading

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4 Essential Items to Pack for your Trip to Italy

Packing for your European adventure brings decisions big and small. Here are four very useful items we recommend adding to your packing list, without which you could waste or even lose funds and more.  All of the following products have been tried and tested on our own trips to Europe and are available online through the affiliate links. Continue reading

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Florence Mercato Centrale: A Tour of Tastes

The newly renovated Mercato Centrale [Central Market] is the epicurean center of new and old Florence, a veritable tour of tastes. The ground floor has always offered a wide array of fruit, vegetable, meat and other specialized local vendors.  The 140 year-old Mercato Centrale recently celebrated the opening of its new HUB gourmet food hall on the second level of the Mercato, following a major renovation and €5 million investment. During your stay in Florence be sure to stop by for a tasty lunch, dinner, a glass of wine or even cooking classes. Continue reading