Tuesday, May 8, 2018


SICILY



Sicilian sunset


Nero d'Avola grapes
Sicily (Sicilia) is one of my favorite regions of Italy, but in all honesty, I am bias. This is my father's birthplace and still home to many members of my extended family. I had the pleasure of finding my roots and relatives after my father passed on my first of many trips to Italy. The trip was driven by wanting to meet the relatives and see the village and home where my father and his siblings were born and lived before emigrating to the USA.
My father's village, Santa Caterina Villarmosa, is in the Province of Caltanissetta, located in the heart of Sicily. It is very rural and very small. By the way, the village is not far form "Corleone".
Tracing and finding about our Italian heritage is educational, exciting and emotional. For me the experience brought be back to Italy many, many times. I felt very close to the country as a whole and very comfortable there. It felt liked I belonged there! To some degree it feels like a second home.
If you have an opportuinty to visit Italy, make time to see and connect to your roots. It is very rewarding. You will be welcomed with opened arms, not just by family members, if you are luck enough to locate some, but by the entire village, neighborhood, or city.

Those of you in the Dante Club and friends and family, who are planning a trip in the near future, take the time to gather whatever documentation you have and make time on the trip to check out your family's heritage.
I am including a few pictures of Sicily, in general, and my father's village.
Mt. Etna, near Catania

Santa Caterina Villarmosa

The Meditrranean Sea
My Father, Giuseppe Miccichè
Neighbors

Siracusa

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ITALY IN PICTURES WITH ITALIAN JOURNEYS #volareinitalia.blogspot.com

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS........
Especially when it involves ITALY!









Ponte Vecchio-Florence




Montepulciano-Tuscany

                                                                      Blog Update


Let's remind ourselves why we want to go to Italy!! Browse through previous Inferno articles and I think you will remember why you want the experience that is "ITALY".
To jog our memories somewhat, remember the food, the wine, the art, the scenery, the culture, the sea, the mountains, the islands,the history and the modern. All of these attributes are why people from all over the world travel to Italy and have for many years.
I am going to include some photos to rekindle the urge. Remember, a picture is suppose to be worth a thousand words!!!
This is only a small taste of what awaits you in Italy. Come in May to hear about the itinerary possibilities as the Dante Club goes to Italy. I will try to answer your questions, show more of Italy, and talk specifically about the many ways to see and enjoy the country for less than you may think.

Lake Como

Juliet's Balcony-Verona

Colosseum-Verona


Asolo-Veneto


Vicenza


Bologna

Tellaro-Italian Riviera

Linguini alle Vongole-Genoa

Bay of Poets- Tellaro

San Gimignano

Spanish Steps-Roma

Roman Colosseum


Amalfi Coast

Sunset in Sicily


Sunset on Italian Riviera

Wine from Chianti

Statue of David-Florence

Nero d'Avola Grapes-Sicily

Canal in Venice
Flower Garden-Ravello
Alba in Piemonte
View from Ravello, Almalfi Coast
Winery and Castle-Chianti Region

Sunset in Riposto, Sicily













Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Amalfi Coast and More


The Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast and More

(Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, Pompeii, Islands of Capri & Ischia, and much, much more!).

Everyone has heard about, read about, or seen, via movies and photos, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, but seeing this area first hand is an experience you will never forget. In a few words, "it is breathtaking".
It is everything and more than depicted in photos and movies. The entire area is a series of picture post cards. It takes some time to see and immerse yourself nto the beautiful surroundings. No matter where you look there are spectacular vistas of the sea, mountains, cliffs, hillside towns, picturesque painted villages, etc. 
The best way to start a trip to this area, is to take an auto tour with a driver in a private car. (never drive it yourself if you want to enjoy the scenery) After you take in the breathtaking views you will want to go back and spend time in any number of the seaside and hillside towns and villages.  Savor some of the best seafood in Italy as part of your adventure. The area is famous for its pizza, pasta, tomatoes, olives, olive oil, and very good wine. Those of you that know me understand why I mention wine!!!
Don't miss Sorrento, Naples, Ravello, Positano and the islands of Capri and/or Ischia, easily reachable by fast or slow ferry boats, and don't forget Pompeii for an amazing historical and awesome experience. Also do not be afraid of Naples. It is too interesting to ignore. It is a big city so I recommend a guided private walking tour.


One of many amazing sites and
 sights of the ruins of Pompeii, a 


A victim of the volcano that buried Pompeii,
the playground of the Romans

The entire area is famous for a number of food items such as flavorful San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and burrata cheeses, semolina pastas, and of course, the best pizzas in the world! A visit to Naples to taste the original Neapolitan pizza is a must. The quality of the local wine may surprise you. Of course great Limoncello is native to the area because of the excellent lemons grown here.

As you can see by the photos below, the area has spectacular views and picturesque villages for miles. This is clearly an area of Italy in which "a picture is worth more than a thousand words!!"Take your time and spend at least a week in this area. You will be glasd you did.

You will never regret having spent time in this romantic and beautiful area of Southern Italy and you will want to "Ritorno a Sorrento" as the song says.

Venturing further to the South, if you have time, you can see the small village of Atrani, Salerno, the Calabria area and even Basilicata. Some of the areas as you travel along the lower leg of the boot, are still somewhat untouched by tourists, and have some of the most beautiful beaches and vistas to see.

So maybe you need two weeks to see this area or to move on to Sicily, which I will write about in the next issue.

Buon Viaggi Amici.


The picturesque town of Amalfi and its coastline is a postcard
as seen form the Bay of Naples


The beautiful and spectacular Amalfi Coastline,
for viewing as a passenger!









Unbelievable view from high above the town of Ravello
as you look upon the beautiful coastline of Amalfi

A magnificent Sorrento sunset taken from my hotel room balcony
in the city of Sorrento.




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

VICENZA and PALLADIO

"Walk and Shop until You Drop in Vicenza"


Vicenza is a "stone's throw" from Venice by train located in the Veneto region of Italy. It is well-worth a day or two visit. It is a beautifully laid out city, great for leisurely walking, with lots of architectural sights and sites, most of which were designed by the famous architect, Palladio. Shopping consists of mostly boutique shops in the central area, reknowned for its gold and jewelry. The shopping channel, QVC televises segments of their show once a year from Vicenza, selling beautifully designed jewelry from the area. They carry the jewelry on their web site frequently. With Christmas almost here guys, why not consider a unique gift from Italy for you know who!

Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, many museums, art galleries, piazzas villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palaces. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and its renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre),Vicenzo, or the "city of Palladio" has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.
Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial center as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country's wealthiest cities, especially due to its textile and steel industries which employ tens of thousands. About one fifth of the country's gold and jewelry is made in Vicenza, greatly contributing to the city's economy. Another important part of the economy is the engineering/computer components industry (Federico Faggin, the microprocessor's co-inventor was born in Vicenza).

As mentioned, in 1994 UNESCO designated "Vicenza, City of Palladio" on its list of World Heritage Sites. In 1996 the site was expanded to include the Palladian villas outside the core area, and accordingly renamed "City of Palladio and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".

Andrea Palladio

Vicenza is home to twenty-three buildings designed by Palladio. The famous ones include:


Villa Almerico Capra (also known as "La Rotonda"), located just outside the downtown area;
Basilica Palladiana, centrally located in Vicenza's Piazza dei Signori, of which Palladio himself said that it might stand in comparison with any similar work of antiquity;
Teatro Olimpico, designed for the Accademia Olimpica and begun to be built in 1580, when Palladio died. The wooden scenes are by Vincenzo Scamozzi;
Palazzo Chiericati;
Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, home of the Museo Palladio;
Palazzo del Capitaniato, home of the Town council;
Palazzo Porto;
Palazzo Porto in Piazza Castello (unfinished);
Palazzo Thiene Bonin Longare (built by Vincenzo Scamozzi);
Palazzo Thiene





Teatro Olimpico


Piazza Grande


Interior of Teatro Olimpico


A Palladian villa of the Veneto


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

        MILAN                                                               


MILAN (Italian: Milano) is financially the most important city in Italy. It is the second most populous city proper in the country, but sits at the centre of Italy's largest urban and metropolitan area. While not considered as beautiful as some Italian cities, having been greatly destroyed by Second World War bomb raids, the city has rebuilt itself into a thriving cosmopolitan business capital. In essence, for a tourist, what makes Milan interesting compared to other places is that the city is truly more about the lifestyle of enjoying worldly pleasures: a paradise for shopping, football, opera, and nightlife. Milan remains the marketplace for Italian fashion – fashion aficionados, supermodels and international paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs. Don't get fooled by the modern aspect of the city, since it's one of the most ancient cities in Europe with more than 26 centuries of history and heritage!
The Gothic Duomo and Piazza



Interior of Gothic Duomo

The Accoustically Perfect La Scala Opera House



Vittorio Emanuelle Galleria Shopping Center

Detail of Gothic Duomo

Interior of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Piazza featuring Famous Gothic Duomo

Typical Milan Street Car now used in San Francisco

Milan is famous for its wealth of historical and modern sights - the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, La Scala, one of the best established opera houses in the globe, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, the Brera art gallery, with some of the finest artistic works in Europe, the Pirelli tower, a majestic example of 1960s modernist Italian architecture, the San Siro, a huge and famed stadium, or the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle and the UNESCO's World Heritage Site Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica, containing one of the world's most famous paintings: Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper.