Saturday, October 31, 2009

Country wedding

A few weeks ago in Custoza, a tiny village near Verona. Best wishes!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Flock of birds

I couldn't believe my eyes today when, driving back from the Garda Lake I saw this immense flock of birds. It was all over the sky and it kept mutating its shape with the fluid quality of the waves. In a flash they were all gone.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Appealing book stall

I don't know how the old man is called and how long he's been there. I know that I've always seen him standing there with another guy, apparently his son, selling discounted books, just off busy Via Mazzini and a few steps away from Piazza Erbe.
I never stopped but this photo makes the stall so inviting: I will soon go to browse among those piles!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bronze glow #2

"Frutto Oggetto Scultura" by the veronese sculptor Gino Bogoni.
Piazza S. Niccolò, early evening.
See Bronze Glow #1 here!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Red lanterns

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The sun enlightened the red lanterns outside the chinese restaurant in Via Fama.
Soft light on friday morning.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Carlo Scarpa's BPV Building

I often see groups of university students gathered in front of this facade, with their professor pointing out details, or photographers lingering near and studying angles.
This is part the BPV building (Banca Popolare Verona, one of the leading italian bank groups) an outstanding work of Carlo Scarpa's.
Scarpa was one of the finest italian architects of '900 and Verona treasures another one of
his famous works, the Museo di Castelvecchio.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pink world against breast cancer

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Saturday afternoon, like last year, the Arena was lit up with pink lights and it looked magnificent! Ando (association of women who had breast cancer) and Estee Lauder promote this breast cancer campaign to inform women about the importance of
early diagnosis, read more!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A special point of view

I took this photo of Piazza Dante while I was visiting a photo exhibit at the Scavi Scaligeri,
in fact you can see that my point of view was below the square level.
Read more about the Scavi Scaligeri here!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Farmers' market

Every thursday morning Piazza Isolo, district of Veronetta, hosts the Farmers Market. It's small but really nice, I love to go there and chose organic seasonal fruits, vegetables and other local produce, buying directly from the farmers.
This is my basket!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Home with a view

I went to a birthday party in this lovely home today. It definitely had a view!
That is Verona's Cathedral, Santa Maria Matricolare, a very ancient church, we call it the Duomo.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Locks of Love

It all comes from a book by Federico Moccia: "I want you", a bestseller and later a movie. The story inspired thousands of roman lovers to imitate the protagonists in writing their names on a padlock and lock it on Ponte Milvio lampposts.
Soon the lampposts became too heavy and polemics exploded about the visual impact of this unusual love statement (the key was thrown in the Tevere, that implied eternal love) but soon the habit became almost a fashion and spread all over Italy....(from the NY Times, read more!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Edicola di Piazza Erbe

When I come to Piazza Erbe for my midmorning coffee I usually buy the newspaper here. Like every newspaper kiosk it is packed with any kind of magazines, books, postcards, calendars but it is also stocked with foreign publications (see the red stand on the left) and sometimes I indulge with a copy of my beloved ELLE UK or one of those beautiful french or english home magazines!

At the foot of the Torre del Gardello (XIII century), on the corner of Piazza Erbe, the lucky owner of the kiosk shares the entire view of the square with a few other shops located on this side, right at the beginning of Corso Portoni Borsari.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Invitation to the Osteria

This is one of the most typical wine bars in town, it's called "Le Vecette" (dialect for le vecchiette, the old ladies), as you can see embroidered on the white linen curtain.
Wine bars here are welcoming and cosy, quite little and lined with wine bottles. Valpolicella, a territory near Verona produces one of the best wines of Italy and the Amarone is the fourth bigger seller in Italy, read more.
This osteria gets really crowded for aperitivi, before dinner. You can have a good glass of wine and some crostini, either sitting at the table or standing at the bancone (bar).
The atmosphere is warm, and I love it especially in winter when outside it's cold and rainy...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Behind the green door

Veronetta district. A hidden garden guarded by two ancient statues. I stepped into the courtyard and was enchanted by this sight. A black cat came near the gate from inside the luscious garden.

Behind guardian statues;
a black cat looks me
from the past.
by Nobu

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Green door - Theme day: CONTRASTS

A beautiful main door in Veronetta district. When I saw this beautiful old wooden door on Veronetta's "high street" my curiosity pushed me inside. I entered the hall and saw a staircase on the right leading to the flats above. Stepped slowly further ahead and found a typical couryard with a superb wrought iron gate...

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