Are You 50+ and an Actor at Heart? Visit the Venetian Carnival!

The Venetian Carnival dress of Irina. Venice, Italy.

Irina’s Venetian Carnival dress. Venice, Italy.

A carnival and Venice. Two words—two miracles. While any carnival is a wonderful event, the city of Venice is a wonder on its own. Yes, this lady is demanding to your wallet. But you are 50+, you worked hard for most of your life, and your financial advisor will not commit suicide if you spend 3-4 thousand Euro to realize your lifelong dream: to play a role in a show where you are the director, costume designer, sponsor, and superstar. The venue of the show is Italy, the theater is Venice, the stage is the city streets.

Read the rest of this entry »

To Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy, Accompanied by Orvieto Classico

 

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy.

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy.

We left Orvieto for Civita di Bagnoregio very early, at 7 a.m. Not used to small distances between cities in the Italian region of Umbria, we found ourselves at the place in half an hour. (From Orvieto to Civita di Bagnoregio: 27 km, 37 minutes by car.)

The Internet is filled with beautiful photographs of Civita di Bagnoregio, therefore we hoped to spend a whole day in this town and make our photos as good as those on the Web! We found a parking lot, paid for the whole day, left the parking ticket under the windshield, and in a good mood went to explore the “dying city.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Italy. 30 Comments »

Hadrian’s Villa, Villa d’Este, and Tivoli are Three Different Planets! The Last is the Worst!

 

The Neptune Fountain and the Water Organ Fountain, Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy.

The Neptune Fountain and the Water Organ Fountain, Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy.

By Irina.

How many rapturous reviews we have read in the Internet about the Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy, but few described the town itself. Knowing how comfortable and charming tiny towns in Italy are, we decided not just to visit two world-famous attractions of Tivoli, but also to stay in this former Etruscan town. We booked a room at B&B Al Palazzetto for three days in early January. After those three days, we realized why no one comes to Tivoli for more than a few hours.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Italy. 31 Comments »