California Dreamin’

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Chiesa di San Leonardo 

What is there to do with a two and a half year old in the center of Treviso when it’s pouring down rain outside?

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È arrivata la neve

 

Well, finally the snow has arrived in Italy.. Everyone should be just as thrilled as I am… There is nothing more magical than watching the snow fall..

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Venezia in an hour

For the longest time, I have been wanting to take my son to Venezia.. Being that it is the first of January, the first day of a New Year, I thought why not cross off a couple of firsts for Luca James and I too..

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Discovering the Ancient town of Belluno

I love being spontaneous and not deciding on which city in Northern Italy to explore. We just got in our Jeep and headed towards Valdobbiadene. After visiting one of our favorite wineries, Nani Rizzi in which you are always welcomed with a friendly smile and a  refreshing glass of Sparkling White wine DOCG. We went towards the direction of Belluno.

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An adventure in Padova

An adventure in Padova
We had an appointment at the University of Padova in the late afternoon, so we were able to spend an hour or so exploring downtown Padova. Padova is not far from Treviso ~ about a 40 minute car ride on the autostrada or in English “highway”.

A few things Padova is known for :

Padova is home to Prato della Valle, which is the largest square in Italy and one of the largest in all of Europe.

Padova claims to be the oldest city in Northern Italy.
It was founded in 1183 BC

It hosts the renowned University of Padova which is over 800 years old.

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1 of 78 statues along the Prato della Valle

1 of 78 statues along the Prato della Valle

A beautiful building ~ Love the colors and the texture.

A beautiful building ~ Love the colors and the texture.

Another statue of a famous citizen created in the late 18th Century by none other than Andrea Memmo.

Another statue of a famous citizen created in the late 18th Century by none other than Andrea Memmo.

Harley, enjoying a run among one of the largest squares in Europe

Harley, enjoying a run among one of the largest squares in Europe

We couldn't have chosen a better day ~ just gorgeous out!

We couldn’t have chosen a better day ~ just gorgeous out!

~ Prato della Valle ~

~ Prato della Valle ~

Side view of what locals simply call Il Santo ~

Side view of what locals simply call Il Santo ~

Donatello's magnificent equestrian statue of the Venetian General Gattamelata aka "Honey Cat" was completed in 1450

Donatello’s magnificent equestrian statue of the Venetian General Gattamelata aka “Honey Cat” was completed in 1450

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padova ~ Construction began around 1232, just one year after Saint Anthony had died and was completed in 1301

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padova ~ Construction began around 1232, just one year after Saint Anthony had died and was completed in 1301