The bright lights of the luna park (also known as the amusement park for us English-speaking folk) have been up in Vicenza's Campo Marzio for a week now, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Marola's beer fest is all about beer and bruschetta (both of which were sadly underwhelming), but there's no fooling anyone: the real specialty of the town's sagra is the carefully produced musical acts featuring "tribute" bands. Tonight, the show was provided by a performer giving tribute to Michael Jackson, who was clearly very obsessed with the king of pop. And what is a sagra entertainment if it didn't include some sort of rendition of John Denver's "Country Roads"?
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
August is usually fairly dead because while you are staying behind and working, taking care of kids, etc., everybody else is out having fun a getting a fab tan. But according to this article, August is the beginning of sagra season in Italy, where towns celebrate local products, local saints, and/or local traditions with good food and lots of dancing. Realizing this, I promptly did my research, and found two sagre going on this last weekend: the Festa del Ciclamino in Fontanelle di Conco and lucky enough the Gran Gala de Baccala in the next town over, in Gomarolo di Conco. Sagra season begins!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
After being inspired by this blog post, this past weekend a few friends and I headed north towards Bolzano to hike the area around Lago Di Carezza, a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by the beautiful Dolomiti. Following walk #36 in Walking in the Dolomites, we were brought to the beautiful Latemar Group, then down to the lake to see its many shades of green.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Last Redentore weekend was all about experiencing "real" Venice, so what else to do other than the baccarata? Baccarata or giro dei bacari is for all intents and purposes a bar crawl, where--I feel silly explaining this--one goes and samples wines and food from bars especially those clustered around the Rialto. Unlike a typical English or American bar crawl however, the baccarata occurs in the day time, the idea being that these bars--the bacari--were originally a place where workers could grab cicchetti (small plates of finger foods, not unlike a tapa) and ombra--a glass of wine--during their lunch time. Although many now open all day to accommodate the constant hunger of the tourist, some still only serve food during lunch time, then shut down until the early evening to serve alcohol. Sadly the heat, coupled with vast amounts of food and the very idea of drinking at noon got to us, and we couldn't make it past the third bar without simply giving up.