Sunday, December 08, 2013

Ron in Monselice and Montagnana

Ron and his Padova squad visited two nearby towns, one weekend.   The first one being Monselice, a town and municipality about 20 km southeast of the city of Padua in northeastern Italy.  Wikipedia.  Here is what they saw:

"Una fiaba, un sorriso", a fairy tale, a smile. Is this man selling entrances for a show?  I wonder...

Villa Duodo:  summer residence of the Duodo family, it was built in 1593, by the architect Scamozzi, and completed in 1740 by the architect Tirali. Monselice

With the St. George's church in the background. St. George's church:  originally a pivate chapel of Villa Duodo, it has been a place of prayer since 1600, where the bodies and important relics of the first Christian martyrs from the Capitoline catacoms are still  preserved.  It completes the votive way of the "Sanctuary of the Seven Churches". Monselice

Moving on up the hill, is the Jubilee Sanctuary of the Seven Churches.  An archway that was built in 1651 leads into the church.  This church was designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi on commission to the noble Venetian Duodo family.  The seven altars in the church are related to the seven indulgences granted by Pope Paul  V to believers who visited the seven major basilicas of Rome. Monselice

This is the Monselice Cathedral of St. Giustina;  it was built in 1256 upon the wishes of Cardinal Simone Paltaniri, Archpriest of Monselice.  It is Romanesque with Gothic decorative elements, and houses valuable works of art and sacred, but is characterized by its simplicity.  Monselice

This is the castle which dates back to the Dark Ages.  After Monselice joined the Republic of Venice, the castle was bought and completely turned into an aristocratic residence by the Marcello family. Monselice

They ate in Bar Enoteca Castello, with medieval decorations and the food that caught my attention is the one above which looks like an omelette.  Nothing really fancy, but then what can be expected from a bar?  Source of texts:  Monselice, Wikipedia

Then they went to Montagnana, another small town and  is one of the most beautiful walled cities in Italy. The medieval city walls that extend for nearly 2 Km are preserved virtually intact and enclose the elegant city centre. It is located about 50 km from Padua. Source:  Padova

The small and elegant village gathers around Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

Ron, there is a statue on top of your head, is it heavy? jejeje!
The Duomo (dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta) stands out, a masterpiece of the 16th century, with important works of art from all periods, like the altarpiece by Paolo Veronese (Transfiguration), the paintings (oil on board) by Giovanni Buonconsiglio, and the statues by Bonazza.  Source of text:  Padova 

The palace of the Cassa de Risparmio, despite its medieval-castle appearance with pseud-Romanesque lines is a fake, even though not unpleasant. It was projected by architect Forlani and built in 1924, after a great fire had completely destroyed the block corner.  Source: Montagnana

The ancient Castello di S.Zeno (Castle of St. Zeno).  Its tower overlooks the whole city.

This building is now the seat of a Congress and Exibitions Centre, public library, and Civic Museum.
Source of text:  Virtual Tourist.

This is the old (14th century) fortress guarding the "Legnago", gate which is the most fortified of the town.

At least 5 series of doors (some sliding from the top and still in place) where in place to stop the offenders... If they already succeeded in crossing the moat, of course! Now it's used as the youth hostel...   Source of text:  Virtual Tourist.

But of course,  Ron has introduced the family's jumping shots to the Padova squad and they seemed to have had a lot of fun!  Nice shots, Ron.  I wonder where you will be taking us on the next virtual tour.  But wherever it may be, I am sure it will be a lot of new experiences to share.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Be Transparent (Trento and Alto Adige) in Italy

Sometimes I ask myself why  it is so difficult to be transparent.
We are used to believe that being transparent is simply being honest and not to deceive others.

To be transparent, is much more than that.
It is to have the courage to show and say how we feel.

To be transparent is to open our soul and lose control, it is to take down "masks", by lowering our guards.

To destroy the huge and thick walls that we  try and strive hard to build around us.

To be transparent is to allow all our pleasantness to go to the surface, to be let out and to touch the other.

But sadly, almost always, most of us decide not to take that risk.

We prefer to choose the firmness of  reason than the beauty that represents human fragility.

We prefer to  have the node on our throat rather than allow  the tears to flow in the depths of our being.

We prefer to get lost on an insane quest to get immediate responses than to simply admit that we don't know, that we are afraid.

Although it is a pity, we build "a mask" that keeps us at an increasing distance away from who we really are.

We keep an image that gives us the feeling of protection... which leads us deeply more and more into manifesting  false words, false attitudes, fake feelings.

Not because we are deceitful people!

Just like dry leaves, we lose ourselves, and we forget where our sweetness lies, our most intense, uncontaminated love.

With the passing of the years, a dark void makes us perceive, that we already don't know how to give or ask for what is most precious to share with our  brothers... gentleness, compassion, understanding...

That we all suffer, and sometimes we feel immensely sad, alone, quietly crying before we fall asleep.

In a silence that leads us to the nostalgia of ourselves, of what presses and screams inside of us, and much less we don't have the courage to let those we love know about it.

Sadly,  we have learned that it is better to retaliate, attack, accuse, criticize, judge, than simply to say "you are hurting me ... can you please stop ?"

Because we learned that to say that is to be weak, to be silly, or is to be less than the other.

When in reality, if we let our reason to also listen  to our heart, we could avoid so much pain.

We must not be afraid of  disagreements...  and rather exploit all of our pleasantness.

Let us be able not to contain our tears nor laughter, and much less hide our fears, just to seem  invulnerable.

We should remember that life is so short and the task of living is so complicated  that when we think we have just started to learn, it is time to part ways.

We continue in the certainty that "all things pass"... that we can all pleasantly  live, feel, love, be transparent!

And we must move forward, without looking back, always transparent, because everything goes away.

That the time that we live, whether it be with much cheers or pain, will happen and then vanish.

Have a wonderful day!

Sources:  Ron in Trento and Alto Adige with friends and family of friend.
              Text as translated from Spanish email

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ron in Marostica and Treviso

Ron's heavy workload from Mondays to Fridays in Padova is compensated by his weekend escapades to nearby towns with his officemates and friends, specially Diego and Julen.

He has recently been  to Marostica and Treviso.

Marostica is famous all over the world for the live chess game it carries out every even year, in September, with living chess pieces in the city square.  Too bad that they did not coincide to see the human chess game but had to conform with the statues.  Here are some pictures of Ron and his "squad".

The Piazza Castello is the main square of Marostica and has the main attraction of the huge chess board (Piazza degli Scacchi) set into the square, this is where the annual chess game is played with human chess pieces, the huge white and pinkish chessboard is paved with Asiago stone and the game is played the 2nd weekend of September in the even years.

This is the Lower Castle which dates back to 1320 and guards the main entrance through the town walls, the castle was built for Cansignorio della Scala and is now the site of the Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.

On the other hand, Treviso is a city of water, in a small island surrounded by the river where  they have their fish market. The world renowned fashion brand Benetton was born here. It is said that in the 1960's Luciano Benetton, who was a salesman in Treviso back then, started off this company by selling his younger brother's bicycle to get his first 2nd hand sewing machine and came up with his very own line. Later his two brothers and sister joined in and in 1965 the entity Benetton Group was formed. Since then this company never looked back with over 2000 shops all over the world and of course the head office is here in Treviso in the very heart of the city along with Benetton, playlife and sisley shops, other two lines within this group. Source:  by STEFZAMM Written Sep 28, 2009 in Virtual Tourist.

Here are some of the river scenes:

Ponte di San Martino used to be the only bridge over the river Sile, the "River of Silence",  and consequently the only entrance point to the city and access point to the alpine regions.

Here was located the last of the sixteenth mills on Sile, which had 16 wheels and is mentioned in old documents dating from the XIII century. Virtual Tourist.

Interesting places:

Fish Market

The head office of Benetton is located in the heart of Treviso.

Tower Bell

This big bell is said to be heard twice daily at 9am and 5pm to advise the locals that it is the beginning or the end of their working day and also at noon along with other bells in other towers or churches around Treviso.   This bell does also ring at midnight. It also rings on December 31st at midnight and on the 7th of April to remember the tragic bombing of 1944. Source:  Virtual Tourist.

Built in the second part of 1200 in the times of podesta' Andrea da Perugia, Loggia dei Cavalieri is the only building of this kind in Europe.

Made of bricks, with an irregular form, the Loggia has three of its sides with five arches supported by columns with capitals in Istria stone.

This was the place where the most important persons in town met in order to play society games.  Source:  Virtual Tourist.


Made between 1230 and 1270, the austere Saint Francesco church was commissioned by Papa Innocenzo III.

The architectural style of the church is a mix of Romanic (the entrance door, the arches) and Gothic (the windows) elements.

Built in form of Latin cross, the church has a wooden cases ceiling and stone pavement.  Virtual Tourist.

A typical bar
Packing Treviso sweets

Decorative Breads
"Food tasting" in Treviso!


Bye for now from Treviso.