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”.

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.

sunset at Villa Trissino-Muttoni 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.

villa trissino-muttoni angle viewIf 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)



On the good news front, the Dirty Panino did not disappoint and we ate far more than we should have.

Panin Onto Dirty Panino villa trissino-muttoni-garden


Location of Villa Trissino-Muttoni

To celebrate Easter this week, and the day after Easter, I want to share a short  video recalling an amazing day in North Italy celebrating Pasquetta with friends in Pozzoleone, in the Province of Vicenza. This was one of my early Italian travel diary videos that ultimately gave me the idea to start Ronan’s Italy show.

A big thanks to Lucio Bisutto, the owner of primary entertainer at the restaurant Giorgione in Venice Italy for letting me use his music in this video, Mike 3rd of Prosdocimi Recording who invited me to the great party and my friends in the Veneto for the great hospitality.