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Italian Mosaic Trencadís – Flooring


Adults Workshop Trencadís Mosaic Italy

Luigi Impieri Trencadís

adults-workshop-beachfront-calabria-by-luigi-impieri-interview-at-work Interview to Luigi Impieri on Workshop

adults-workshop-beachfront-calabria-by-luigi-impieri-8 We have done it!


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Trencadís Mosaic Workshop – Beachfront South Italy

Finding the veiled Christ in Italy

Sweet Travel

Italy is brimming with religious iconry, churches, crosses and monuments to faith. I have no real Catholic background to draw from so much of it all is mysterious and novel for me.

I am deeply moved by Italians connection to Mary.


I have been to many churches from Palermo to Milan and places in between. I go for all sorts of reasons: the art, the beauty, the stillness, a chance to have a sit down and for a connection, a feeling, an emotion. There are a few places that stand out for me; they captured me at the time of my visit. I would feel my heart swell.

The veiled Christ sculpture in Cappella Sansevero in Naples was one of those.


Another was St Paul outside the walls, (san paolo fuori le mura), Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint John Lateran (san giovanni laterano) all in Rome. The domine quo vadis on the…

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Reason #5380 to love Rome: Bernini’s home and studio


Bernini homeOne of the (many) great things about living in Rome, Italy is keeping your eyes pealed for all the famous authors/composers/sculptors/artists who once called the Eternal City home.

Not surprisingly, one such illustrious resident was the Roman sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). Although I knew Bernini lived and worked in Rome, I didn’t know where until I saw the plaque. Turns out we were pretty much neighbors, albeit with a pesky four centuries separating us.

Bernini lived and had his studio on Via Liberiana, off of Via Merulana and on the edge of  the Monti and Esquilino neighborhoods, and across the street from the Santa Maria Maggiore basilica. It was in this studio that Bernini carved his greatest masterpieces – Hades and Persephone and Apollo and Daphne.

Apollo and Daphne, berniniApollo and Daphne played an important role in one of my novels (not the Bernini statue version, but the Tiepolo painting believed to have been based on it)…

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Portraits: Alessandra Borsetti Venier – Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri

Stefania Bufano Photo

Alessandra Borsetti Venier by Stefania Bufano Alessandra Borsetti Venier

Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri Barbagianna Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri

Borsetti Venier Poggiali Berlinghieri 2 by Stefania Bufano

Alessandra Borsetti Venier Archivio della Voce dei Poeti

Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri


Alessandra Borsetti Venier Barbagianna

Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri Barbagianna

Borsetti Venier Poggiali Berlinghieri by Stefania Bufano

Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri

Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri Barbagianna

Alessandra Borsetti Venier Barbagianna La Barbagianna

Alessandra Borsetti Venier Barbagianna

The Barbagianna: a house for contemporary art

Alessandra Borsetti Venier

Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri

Barbagianna at work Barbagianna, at work. Photo by Giampiero Poggiali Berlinghieri

Barbagianna at work 2

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Palazzo Vecchio


Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of the Renaissance city of Florence and one of its many gems. The Palazzo is flanked by a statue of David (a replica not the original of course) at its entrance along with statues of Hercules and Cacus.


A huge courtyard welcomes you and leads to the Hall of the Five Hundred (Salone dei Cinquecento). It is awe inspiring to be there standing next to the frescoes by Michelangelo, Vasari and Da Vinci. As it turns out, this very hall is also the largest room in Italy that can be used as a political gathering!!


The entire chamber is spellbinding. I must have spent an hour there itself before moving to see other areas of the Palazzo. One of things I wanted to see was the famed mask of Dante Alighieri, a Florentine poet. The mask has been highlighted in Dan Brown’s Inferno

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