Vincenza, Veneto, Italy

VincenzaI came upon VIncenza during bike tour in October.   A beautiful city in north east Italy. This photo is of Ponte San Paolo

 

IMG 1716

 

DSC05738

 

Porticos as we walked to the centro for dinner.

IMG 1719

 

The civic Bissara Tower was built in the late 12th century and overlooks Piazza dei Signori, alongside the famous Basilica Palladiana.
The tower was raised in the mid-15th century to it present height og 82 meters ans is still one of the tallest buildings in Vicenza.

 

IMG 1720

The centro or downtown area is great for dining or shopping.

IMG 1721

 

IMG 1724

 

 

IMG 1726

 

IMG 1725

 

IMG 1723

Upscale Pricing Here

IMG 1727

My bike tour group heads for dinner in VIncenza

Alberobello, Apulia Italy

OSTUNI

The trulls are whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs.   Hut is misleading as they can be quite elaborate. We decided to visit the Apulia area of Italy and found ti to be beautiful  and hospitable.  Cities like Alberobello, Ostuni, and Trani are well worth the trip down south on the Adriatic side. 

CIMG1125

The construction is amazing

CIMG1090

The architecture style applies to many buildings.

CIMG1088

A perfect town to walk in.

CIMG1101

This is a beautiful town and well worth the visit.  Click on link for map.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/70011+Alberobello,+Metropolitan+City+of+Bari,+Italy/@40.7917018,16.9671958,10z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x1347b264abcdaa6f:0xdec45d1171885f51!8m2!3d40.7864131!4d17.240936

 

 

CIMG1108

CIMG1109

Milan’s Stunning San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore – An American in Rome

My favorite travel blog about Italy is An American In Rome.  Natalie has been helping travelers to Rome for a number of years. But she does not stop there. Look at her pos on the San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore in Milan.  I was fortunate to visit this amazing treasure at the end of September.  Her blog has some amazing photos and more information.  Here are some of my photos.  The art work is amazing. Go to the link at the bottom for Natalie’s great blog page on this church. 

 

 

IMG 1275IMG 1286IMG 1287IMG 1288IMG 1289IMG 1290IMG 1292

 

 

IMG 1282

The depiction of the ark is beautiful. 

IMG 1293

 

IMG 1295

 

IMG 1279

IMG 1280

 

Natalies blog link is below.

 

https://anamericaninrome.com/wp/2018/12/san-maurizio-al-monastero-maggiore-milan/

 

Cycling Bolzano to Venice, 2018 Complete Video

I left Miami on September 26 to fly to Milan and start a wonderful vacation. I had three days in Milan and then I would take the train to Trento where I would meet my group to begin the tour. 

 

IMG 1104

Lift off from Miami.

IMG 1451

Highspeed train to Trento from Milano.

IMG 1472

I mounted a GoPro on to the handle bars of the rental bike.  I did get some vibration, so I had to adjust it using the video editor on my Mac.  For the most part this did well with the exception of cobble stones. 

IMG 1490

IMG 1496

A bike path through the vineyards and down to the lake. 

The cycling was amazing, of the 230 to 240 miles it was about 90% on bike paths, some with the most amazing views.

IMG 1513

Riding along the Adige river

With the Dolomites in the background the trip got better by the mile. 

The video gives a riders perspective of riding from Bolzano to Trento, Riva del Garda, Verona, Vincenza, Padova, and arriving in Venice ( Mestre)  I had three nights in t Venice/Mestre which was another wonderful experience.

 

Here is the link to the video which in on Vimeo.  https://vimeo.com/305380233

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.  

Greg 

DSC05690

 

The opera house in Verona, Italy

The Canals of The Navigli district Milan You Should Not Miss This Amazing Attraction

Everyone knows the canals of Venice.  A much smaller version that is a must see is in in Milano.The Navigli.    Once used for transportation, it is now an entertainment, art, and foodie attraction.  It really comes to life after dark, music seems to be everywhere.  Restaurants are along the canals and have aperitivo   dining. It varies from restaurant to restaurant, but you can enjoy yourself for less.  One light I stopped at a little wine bar near my hotel and sat down with a good glass of Italian red and snacked of chips, veggies, and crostini. My total tab was 1.50 Euros.

Here is a link to my Vimeo video of the Navigli 

https://vimeo.com/300588264

chips

 

 

 

 

IMG 1339

IMG 1355

IMG 1361

 

IMG 1363

 

Restaurants abound in the area. Bars offer happy hour deals where you can nibble you way through dinner if you buy a drink or two. 

 

IMG 1372

IMG 1373

IMG 1374

 

Milano has a wonderful transportation network. 

Access to the Navigili district is easy to reach by tram or metro.

IMG 7013

 

I took the number 9 tram for a scenic and interesting ride. Exit at the Porta Ticinese stop and you can walk the entire district. 

Here is a link to the Things To Do In Milan web site and the page for the Navigili area. 

https://news.milanocard.it/navigli-district-milan-the-charming-canals-of-milano.html

I ate dinner at Locandina deii Navigli as I had to get my fill of Risotto Milanese. 

 

IMG 1351

 

IMG 1352

SIX DAYS OF CYCLING FROM THE DOLOMITES TO VENICE IN 6 MINUTES

Iin six days we biked about 240 miles from Bolzano to just outside of Venice (Mestre). Almost perfect weather and the most beautiful paths for viewing and cycling.  This tour was with Exodus, a UK based company. I highly recommend this tour. 

IMG 1525

IMG 1523

The Dolomites along side the Adige river make this such a wonderful location.  On this day we were riding from Bolzano back to Trento. The scenery was breathtaking. 

IMG 1555

This bridge is in   Nomi , Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol , Italy. What is difficult to see is the spokes that come down from the arc. This is meant to resemble a bicycle tire, and is adjacent to the bike path.

DSC05690

The Arena in Verona, Operas and Concerts take place here.

IMG 1654Giulietta making an appearance on the balcony.

IMG 1683IMG 1684

We arrived in the Soave region of Italy. Famous for its grapes.

Here is the link to a aerial video of our 6 days of riding.  It was an amazing trip. The video was recorded from Relive The RIde, a great website for cycling. 

Wandering Milano With Caterina

This was my third trip to Milan.  I wanted to see and do some different things.  Airbnb experiences helped me make the most of my time for a very reasonable price.  I had arrived in Milan only 5 hours ago, found my Airbnb and was headed over to where our small group would meet to see some of the unique sights that are not always on a guided tour. As I was walking around, I got a text saying they were ready to start and where was I. Seems I did not read the start time but the end time ……MENO MALE. I was just a block away so I got there on time.  It was a small group with only 4 people and Caterina, the guide.  Two were from Belgium and one from Great Britain. Once again the only American.Caterina

Caterina, our guide.

We  met near the public gardens (Indro Montanelli) for what would be a 2 1/2 hour walk. We would go from the old to the new. And some of the most ultra modern architecture with prices that would make Manhattan look like a bargin.

IMG 1138

One of the classic residences.

IMG 1145

Amazing art decorates the outside of these residences.

IMG 1150IMG 1152

 

Our vintage tram a great way to see any city at a slower pace.

IMG 1157

IMG 1156IMG 1163

Some of the modern building with high price tags.

IMG 1167

A Tesla showroom.  No price tags.

IMG 1173

Piazza XXV Aprile – Porta Garibaldi

 

IMG 1174

I have visited Eataly in Rome and New York City. No I had a chance to roam the one in Milano.

IMG 1176IMG 1177IMG 1178IMG 1179IMG 1180IMG 1181IMG 1185

If only my local Publix in Florida would have some of these delicacies. Ho fame. 

 

IMG 1184

 

Search out Catalonia’s walking photo tour of Milano on Airbnb Experiences. Here is part of her description “The Neoclassic and Art nouveau district of Porta Venezia. A residential area that represents the true everyday life of the Milanese. The brand new, sparkling and luxurious GARIBALDI’s area which is our ending point where you can easily take subway, tram, train or taxi. CUSTOM EXPERIENCE: If you would like to participate in the experience but on a different time or day, write to me and if I can I will try to organize one with your availability.”  

Here is a link 

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/263117?euid=0af081a7-e582-7ee2-6cf1-0c7842fdc298

 

I Love Pasta And It Is Easy To Make

I was raised to love pasta. All kinds. I have never lost my taste and when I found a email from Airbnb about a pasta making class in Milano, I jumped on it. It was a 3 hour exploration of Italian cooking and a chance to make fresh pasta. Gianfranco holds the class in his apartment and it was a very relaxing setting. This was the second of my Airbnb activities that I have engaged in and it will not be my last. Gianfrano is a “personal chef from Palermo, Sicily, and the traditional Italian and Sicilian food is my speciality. I like making genuine homemade food, pasta, street food and dessert”.  He did not disappoint. Gianfranco served asiago   and parmesan cheese with olives and some Italian bread while we drank some delicious white wine by Corvo. He went over the process of make the pasta and discussed the two types of meals we would eat with it. 

IMG 1437IMG 1444

This is an easy relaxed time with everyone taking part in the pasta making.  Golden rule is 100 grams of flour and 1 egg.  You want a dry dough, not sticky.  When the dough is throughly mixed, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1/2 hour. 

Roll it a bit to make a flat sheet and divide it into 4 pieces, Then roll it out to fit the pasta maker. Insert at the widest opening and gradually decrease the thickness till you achieve the desired thickness of your pasta. After that we hang it to dry slightly. 

 

Here is a link to the video of my experience.    

 

Gianfranco

Gianfranco our host and chef. 

IMG 1446

Pasta making machine. ( available on Amzaon $26 to $200 plus)

IMG 1435

Gianfranco with Maria and Maria who were also in the class.

IMG 1396

Eggplant for the pasta alla Norma.

 

IMG 1408

The basic pomidoro sauce for pasta alla norma. IMG 1432

Pasta drying before cooking. 

Buon appetito 

Look for Milan activities and search for “The Secret of Italian Cuisine” under cooking classes. 

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: