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Pomposa

The Abbey of Santa Maria de Pomposa Rising out of the vast flat agricultural fields and wetlands of the very large and ever-changing Po River delta, equidistant from Ravenna, Chioggia and Ferrara, yet only about six miles from the Mare Adriatico, the Abbazia … Continue reading

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Tuscany Hill Towns: Monte San Savino

The Medieval hill town of Monte San Savino in Tuscany is due east of Siena, located on a commanding hilltop rising above the Valdichiana (Chiana River Valley), about 2 kilometers west of the A1 tollroad.  The ancient core of the town is crowded within … Continue reading

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Venice Myths: Is There Only ONE (or TWO)(or THREE) “Canal”?

Articles and reviews continue to pop up in fairly high volume on the internet and in published materials stating that Venice has only one waterway actually named a “Canal” – or maybe two, or maybe three. The lack of originality in repeating … Continue reading

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“Elements of Venice” by Giulia Foscari, 2014 – A Book Review

“ELEMENTS OF VENICE” by Giulia Foscari A Book Review by Randy Bosch July 10, 2014 Foscari, Giulia, “Elements of Venice”, Lars Muller Publishers, Zurich, June 2014, 692pp., paperback, small format. I received this fascinating and critically important work literally “hot … Continue reading

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Venice’s Master Plan of 1557

The collections of Venice’s fabled Biblioteca Marciana record a document in volume segnato 138.c.180, c. XVIIb described as:  “Design in pen and watercolor on two pages reunited to form a single page measuring mm 832mm by  626mm”. The document so … Continue reading

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Venice – Details Matter in Corte dell’Albero

One of the newer buildings in Venice, Italy – a massive housing complex completed 100 years ago (built in 1913) to a design by architects Alessandri & Fantucci in their version of early 20th Century Veneto-Byzantine style – is impossible … Continue reading

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Venice – Urban Palimpsest and Tomb of Memories

“Palimpsest” (“palinsesto” in Italian) has its origins in the Greek word for “scraped again”. The original reference may have been to layered manuscripts, where older text was no longer more valued by the holder than the underlaying and very rare … Continue reading

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Venice – Corte Vecchia – Enigma and Mystery

The quiet Old Court lies hidden in the midst of Sestiere d’San Marco, Venice, Italy. In reality, Corte Vecchia is a wide, dead-end street, often labeled a “Ramo” in Venice. A ramo is often not a “dead-end”, since the water … Continue reading

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Venice: Its Cemeteries

Why write about cemeteries?  In addition to being an historical, integral and necessary part of an island city that did not have adjacent land areas for that function, long “closed” cemeteries embedded in the urban fabric have left open spaces that give relief to the … Continue reading

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Venice Watersteps

Venice, Italy, is the ultimate meeting of City and Sea on earth, the two inseparably intertwined. What is the simple, yet necessary connection between the constructed City and the Lagoon in Venice? Between campo and boat, or palazzo and ship of commerce?  The … Continue reading

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