Gorgazzo ~ a hidden treasure

The springs of Gorgazzo are a site to behold.  They have been called, “delizia e tormento di moti pittori,” as they are both a delight and a torment to paint because of their ever-changing colors from the rays of the sun.

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California Dreamin’

What a busy couple of months I have had..Before, I left for my California adventure, Continue reading

Alla scoperta di Castlefranco Veneto: passeggiata nella nebbia

Discovering Castlefranco Veneto :

Castlefranco Veneto known to the locals as simply ‘Casteo’ in their local dialect is a quaint city surrounded by a medieval castle and walls that were built by the people of Treviso in 1211.

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Wild wild horses, we’ll ride them someday 

A week or so ago, I met with a good friend of mine for a coffee.. We often meet from time to time and I always enjoy our time together as he goes on so many interesting adventures.. Continue reading

Storia e Colori

Some of you may have heard about Molinetto della Croda a couple years ago when the big storm had hit that destroyed the land and killed many people. I believe thats when it became internationally known.

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Local Artisans that I adore ~ Donata Zan

Well, what a whirlwind this past month has been for me and my little family. We have been sick for the past month and finally I got answers to why my son is always so sick with the help of a private doctor, that being said, I wasn’t able to be online much as if any of you who have children know that when they are sick, you don’t have much free time and when they finally sleep,well you are pretty destroyed too. 

Anyhow, I did have a chance to have a tea break with the lovely Donata Zan, owner of Acqua di Vetro.
The lovely Donata Zan :) Captivating beauty!

The lovely Donata Zan 🙂 Captivating beauty!

She will be giving away 3 sets of her newest collection! So, that means three lucky readers will each get a set of handmade jewlwery from murano, Venice Italy. And the great thing is that she is willing to customize the order, if you will be one of the winners you can tell her what colors you like, size, ect..

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A chance to win jewelry from Murano 

I recently sat down with Donata Zan, designer and owner  of Acqua di Vetro.      

Donata and I met many months ago and instantly became friends. You know when you meet someone and you hit it off instantly, kinda like you’ve known them your whole life? Well, yes, that pretty much sums up our great friendship. 

Donata works in tourism by day and a jewelry designer by night. She recently showed me her new collection and I loved it! I told her we’ve got to do something. I want people to see what beautiful pieces she makes by hand, each piece is unique, no two are the same. What better way to introduce her new line then to have a contest. 

Being the sweetheart that she is, she decided to give away 3 sets of her newest collection to 3 lucky readers!! 

So, you guys are probably wondering what does she make? She creates necklaces, earrings, and rings made out of hand blown glass balls from Murano Italy and then she adds silk which she finds from the old vintage shops. 

There are 3 different sizes S,M,L. 

hand blown murano glass balls with delicatley placed silk..

There are only 3 steps to have a chance to win 1 of 3 sets. 

Like Acqua di Vetro on Facebook 

Like Inspired in Italy on Facebook 

Leave a comment on this post that you’ve entered and then in return I’ll give you a number. 

Please also leave me your email in the comment section. 

Donata will customize your set for you. 

So if you are one of the lucky winners you can let her know which colors you would like and she will make them according to your desire. 

The contest starts today April 11th 2015 and will end on May 11th 2015.  

  

 

colorful earrings perfect for Spring

  

romantic collection

  

Good luck everyone!!

 

Xoxo 

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.
 
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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.
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Attention to detail

Attention to detail

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Deep in thought

Deep in thought

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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!

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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 sitehttp://www.randomresult.com/). 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.  http://www.inspiredinitaly.com 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.

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