In this episode we take a look at the benefits of traveling to Italy in the off season as I visit two of Andrea Palladio’s great masterpieces. Traveling around Vicenza in the Veneto, North Italy, by myself, armed with a consumer video camera I visited Teatro Olimpico and La Rontonda also known as Villa Capra.
To see some more professional shots of Teatro Olimpico, check out this video of the great Cecilia Bartoli performing there.
In this episode we hang out in the Veneto and get a cooking lesson at the Villa Prosdocimi.
Inspired by an online Italian lesson from learnitalianpod.com about Midnight Spaghetti, I talked my friend Mike 3rd into walking us through the process of making this dish step by step. (video also features some fancy green screen special effects!)
A visit to Cittadella, an often overlooked gem of the Veneto. The medieval fortress town is a great day trip and features, Beautiful architecture, great restaurants and bars including my favorite Trattoria Alla Navetrattoria alla nave
borgo padova, 96 – cittadella
tel: 049-5970665 cell: 3495140071
Lunch: 12.00 – 14.00 Dinner: 19.00 – 22.00
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So What does that have to do with Italy? This is the bag I bought before my last trip to Italy. I needed a smaller bag that would make it easier to do photo and video for the show when I could not bring the whole production rig out with me. I also wanted something that did not look like a camera bag. I had been looking at the Think Tank Retrospective 4, but it seems a bit too expensive, so I tried the Tramrac.
One of the things that will break your heart traveling around Italy is the fact that the country is so rich with history, art and architecture, that it seems nearly impossible to preserve it all, and some absolute treasures seem to be getting left behind. Case in point The Villa Trissino-Muttoni aka “Ca’ Impenta”.
I was traveling on the outskirts of Vicenza with a friend after a concert in search of “Panin Onto” (Dirty Panino), the region’s answer to Los Angeles’ Taco Trucks, when I spotted the top of a beautiful villa just off the road. My love of historic residential architecture had me immediately salivating and we pulled off the road to take a look.
Before us was a sight that took our breath away, a 15th century villa unlike any I had ever seen in the Veneto, that had some kind of “it” factor. I was in love. It was gorgeous. It was bold. It was elegant….. It was decaying.
The property was gated, the garden unkempt and through subsequent research I found that this privately owned villa is not even open to view by appointment. It sits silently waiting for time to have its way with her. The Frescos on the Façade that gave the villa its “Ca’ Impenta” (Painted House) nickname have long since faded. I wish there was more I could share, but there is not, and that is the point.
The good news is that when one thinks about time in relation to buildings in Italy, it can be done in centuries rather than days. The room I am writing this from is in a villa owned by the “new residents”, and they moved in before the United State declared independence from England. Like much of the world, Italy is currently facing a less than ideal economy and they are having to make a lot of tough decisions about financial priorities, but hopefully they will continue to preserve their amazing artistic heritage because it is something not just for Italians and not just for the people on the planet right now, but a treasure for all the world long after we are all dead and gone.
If a place like Villa Trissino-Muttoni was in the United States there would be entire books written about it, but despite its awesomeness and, in fact, being of some historical significance for the Veneto, there is almost nothing on the web about it. You can read a little bit about it here (use google translate if you do not speak Italian) http://associazioneartes.altervista.org/blog/villa-trissino-muttoni-detta-la-ca-impenta-la-gloria-e-loblio/
On the good news front, the Dirty Panino did not disappoint and we ate far more than we should have.
Location of Villa Trissino-Muttoni
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