Castagnole al cioccolato 

Now, that the Carnevale has officially started in Venice today, I decided to share with you all a recipe for Castagnole al Ciccolato.

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Carnival 2015 in Venice… Carnevale 2015 in Venezia

I adore all of the festivals throughout the year in Italy.. One of my favorites of all times is the Carnevale which is held in Venice. Living 30 minutes away from the city of water is wonderful;however, this year I wasn’t able to make it..
I can’t imagine being in Venice with up to 100.000 people walking around, while I would be pushing my 19 month old around. No way could it be possible. Besides, i am not a fan of big crowds, I am very claustrophobic person.
A dear friend of mine did go to Venice and she took amazingly beautiful photos that I want to share with you.
Her name is Antonella Loschi and she is NOT a professional photographer but you couldn’t tell that by looking over her photos! She has a way with her camera. I am a BIG fan of her work.
“Photography is my passion, and I like taking pictures of Treviso which is my hometown and of Venice, which is a world apart and where I go as often as I can”
When she isn’t taking photos, she is teaching French at a hotel and restaurant vocational school.
Antonella was kind enough to let me show you all her photographs of the Carnival. So, thank you so much Antonella.

Attention to detail

Attention to detail


Deep in thought

Deep in thought


Such gorgeous photographs! Which one is your favorite?

So hard to choose, I know. I love them all..

All of the photos above were taken by Antonella Loschi. If you would like to contact her click here!


Ps ~ If you went to the Carnival this year in Venice, please feel free to share your photos in the comment section. I would love to see them.

Work in Progress

Hi everyone,

I wanted to give you all a friendly reminder that you have two days left to enter the contest to win a gorgeous hand carved cameo from none other than Eredi Jovon Cameos Venice.

I simply adore Marco and his family. They are true Venetian artists. They were kind enough to give one of my lucky readers and chance to win a Italian hand carved cameo worth $250/200 euro.

We decided in honor of Carnival/Carnevale that we will give away a cameo about the Carnival itself.

I wanted to share some photos with you of just what it takes to make this precious piece of art.


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Simply amazing, right? I’ve been blown away!! I wish I could enter the contest too. Hahaha!! One of you guys will be quite lucky..

You can wear this gorgeous piece as a necklace, pendant or brooch.

Also, wanted to let you guys know that you can purchase cameos also online by just clicking here. They have many different cameos to choose from or if you’d like they also do custom orders..

If you are in Venice, I highly recommend stopping by to say hello. Marco’s mom, Gabriella also does workshops.. She’ll teach you how to make Cameos herself! What a treat that would be! I may have to take her up on her offer.

A lot of people have asked me about the contest because most of my readers don’t have twitter, and thats ok. If you don’t have twitter don’t worry about it, BUT please you in order to be entered into the contest.

You MUST click here and like Eredi Jovon Facebook Page.

You MUST click here and like Inspired in Italy Facebook Page.

You MUST leave me a comment on this blog entry and once you do, I will give you a number, with that number you may win this gorgeous prize that you’ll cherish forever.

The winner will be contacted via the email name displayed on my website. The competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Prizes can only be sent to a valid address unless otherwise stated, all postage and packaging included. Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person please. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified! The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries, among all the people who have correctly completed all the indicated steps and left a comment (we will use this site The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to. The competition. is open from today Tuesday February 10th, 2015 until Tuesday February 17th, 2015. is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.