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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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Burano – Piazza Galuppi – A Day to “Go Fish”

Burano The small island community of Burano lies fifteen minutes north of Murano and the transfer point for the lonely vaporetto to Torcello.  From the Fondamenta Nove on the north shore of Venice, the one-way trip can take about forty-five minutes, and is worth every minute … Continue reading

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Castello di Vertine in Chianti – Tuscany

Chianti, the legendary domain in the heart of Tuscany between Firenze and Siena, spanning provincial borders and several millennia.  The heart of Chianti enfolds many extraordinary, peaceful towns, country monasteries, castles, villas and vineyards, and the ruins of a thousand years of war.  … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo San Canzian – Church and Campo are One!

Draped Like a Shawl Campo San Canzian in the eastern part of Sestiere Cannaregio, Venice, is draped like a shawl around the church dedicated to Santi Canziano, Canzio, e Canzionello, better known around Venice as San Canzian (thank you!).  The ancient surrounding island … Continue reading

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Something to See Here, Don’t Move Along

Back, side or rear, down below or up above — these are as essential to any physical ensemble as the “front and center” components.  So is the entourage of less obvious wonders and treasures appended to and around them.  Too many people see the facade, nave and main … Continue reading

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Bacon on Venice

No, this is not an article about the food of Venice.  This Bacon, Edmund Bacon, was renowned for his leadership of the City of Philadelphia Planning Department during the heady days of redevelopment, helping to guide many community-building projects and … Continue reading

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The Stars of Venice

Anyone who has been to Venice or has merely studied photographs of St. Mark’s Basilica will undoubtedly have noticed the unusual “decorations” topping the stacked domes of the iconic church.  These crystal-like three-dimensional constructions are called   Star Polyhedra.  Tibor … Continue reading

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The Scuole of Venice

Venice is famous for its Scuole, the “homes” of not-for-profit confraternities (guilds) that existed to support schools, hospitals, orphanages, poorhouses, and the like.  They were primarily founded by specific trades or professions.  Often, they closely co-located with a church, and … Continue reading

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Venice – The Erberia

Alongside the sweeping curve of the Grand Canal just north of the Ponte Rialto, separated from the bedlam of the Ruga Degli Oresi tourist shops by the Banco Giro building and Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto, the ERBARIA is a quiet oasis for … Continue reading

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Campo Sant’Alvise

Campo San Alvise is located in northern Sestiere Canneregio in Venice, next to the Rio de Sant’Alvise – Riformati and its Fondamenta dei Reformati on Isola Sant’Alvise.  Arrival is either via vaporetto lines 41/42 or 51/52 to the Sant’Alvise stop on the north side of its island followed … Continue reading

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