Monthly Archives: June 2013

Outside the City Walls

I have mixed feelings about Verona. On the one hand, it’s a beautiful, historic city with its terra-cotta roofs, an ancient arena and the beautiful Adage river. On the other hand, it’s often crowded with tourists who funnel into the … Continue reading

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Around Vicenza

The Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico Vicenza, the city of Palladio, has a few villas and other interesting sites within walking distance of the town center. Just outside of the south-eastern city gates, there is an easy walk … Continue reading

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Visiting Vicenza

Basilica Palladiana in Piazza dei Signori The Veneto region, which includes Venice and Verona, has another V town worth visiting—Vicenza. Located just one hour west of Venice, Vicenza is not as well known as the other two cities, but in … Continue reading

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Two More Hikes in the Dolomites

Top of Col Raiser For a change of pace, and some hikes with different vistas, we took the Col Raiser funicular on the north side of the (Val Gardena) valley. This funicular is a pleasant walk just east of Santa … Continue reading

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Day Hikes in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are a huge mountain range in northeastern Italy, near the border of Austria. In 2009, this protected area of natural beauty was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you visit this part of Italy, you’ll understand why. … Continue reading

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The Dolomites

For the first week of June, we rented a car to explore the northern region of Italy called the Alto Adige. We headed northeast of Emilia Romagna past Lake Garda up towards the Dolomites, a dramatic mountain range that stretches … Continue reading

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In the Land of Matilde

The city of Reggio nell’Emilia is located in the Pianura Padana, a huge flat valley between the Dolomites in the north and the Apennine Range to the south. As I’ve mentioned before, there are many interesting cities within easy reach … Continue reading

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