Winter is coming…  

Living in Treviso is the perfect city to enjoy activities year round.. There will always be somewhere to go in all four seasons.. and relatively not a long drive either.

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Wednesday Morning Blooms and Grappa 

Yes, its one of those weeks where I need to see pretty flowers overflowing from old historic buildings and trying different flavors of the finest grappa made from Veneto in Bassano Del Grappa.. Continue reading

Cooking with Vittorio 

I think many of you have heard of me talking about my neighbor, Vittorio, who is a single father of two beautiful young ladies. He has a rather large country home with a lovely veggie garden. By day he is a bus driver for the city of Treviso. I keep telling him he should write a cookbook but he’s a simple man and thinks my ideas are silly. Haha!

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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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Just a few of my favorite things… in Italy.

Coming up on my four year anniversary of living abroad in Italy, I decided to share with you guys some of my favorite things in which I adore in ITALY.

There are many things that I simple love about living in Treviso and each week I will share something with you guys up until June 22nd which is my anniversary of living in this charming country.  Continue reading

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!

Xoxoxo

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.