Italy Chronicles

Connect the Piazze (Squares)

A 2km tour of Roman squares.

Italian Words: Tizio

Italian Vocabulary A word you may want to know: Tizio

Florence’s Magnificent Seven

Seven Florentines who changed their city and the world forever.

What’s a Doge?

The Doge was the ruler of Venice and the title derives from Latin dux or commander (duke in English). It was used in Venice from 697AD until the fall of the Republic in 1797. During those thousand years the position evolved from... Continue Reading →

What time is it?

Time is different in Italy or at least it's told differently. There's no a.m or p.m. and a funny thing happens after midday. Hours aren't repeated but all 24 are used to express time throughout the day. It avoids confusion among locals... Continue Reading →

Understanding Venice | Urban Terminology

Venice isn't your average city and you can tell by the words locals use to describe it. They've inherited unique terms to identify the uniqueness that surrounds them. A street isn’t a via, a square isn’t a piazza, a building isn’t a palazzo and... Continue Reading →

Aperitivo Hour in Florence

Florentines are a social bunch and love to sit down for an apertivo or pre-dinner drink with friends. The city even has it’s own cocktail invented nearly a century ago by Count Camillo Negroni. The count was tired of his usual... Continue Reading →

Advantages & Disadvantages of Maps

Maps are useful but they can cause dependency. The more time you consult a map the less time you consult a city. Wherever you’re headed there are clues that lead the way and if you fail to spot them you can always... Continue Reading →

Venice | Following In Casanova’s Footsteps

Throughout the 18th century Venice experienced a gradual decline in political and military prestige. Austria and Spain were the new powers on land and sea leading Venice down the  path to isolation and neutrality. The glories days of La Serenissima were... Continue Reading →

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