Where Espresso Is History

Pigeons, canals, gondolas, crowds of tourists …. history, maritime power, wealth …. stories, legends, Scheherazade’s fairy tales … these are only the few words that describe one unforgettable city built on 118 islets altogether connected to the mainland through canals and its structures being supported by a large range of wooden platforms placed deep in the sea in a lagoon. But there is one more particular feature and one place which have been connected with the city of …. Continue reading

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The Two Columns and the Lost Third One

When you are in the drawing room of Europe, just opposite the Moors’ Clock Tower you cannot overlook a monumental complex between the Doge’s Palace and the Marciana Library. It’s impossible simply because the large and impressive granite and marble pillars have been there for more than 1000 years, surmounted by the statues of the two patrons (Saint Theodore and Saint Mark) and always overlooking the lagoon and the Island of San Giorgio. The place between the columns has served for various purposes (such as a free gambling zone or for conducting public executions) through the centuries. Before digging deeper in the pillars themselves, let us see why and how they appeared in …. Continue reading

Sartiglia

Surely, when it comes to Oristano, the most popular event is Sartiglia. It is horseback ride which is most probably of Spanish origin and it dates back to the medieval times when the island and the town in particular, under the Aragon domination. It’s held on the last Sunday and last Tuesday of the Carnival. How is it held exactly?

Well, it is (almost) like il Palio di Siena. Let me tell you a few things about the Tuscan horseback ride first. Continue reading

The Moors’ Clocktower

There is one really impressive landmark of the drawing room of Europe, among all the rest, which is well visible on the north side of St. Mark’s Square.

This is the awesome 15th century Torre dell’Orologio (the Clock Tower) or sometimes known also as the Moors’ Clock Tower. What is so amazing about this ancient clock and why is it among the numerous attractions of the city of … Continue reading

The Drawing Room of Europe

Just imagine a square which is located in the low-lying part of the city. It’s a place where tide and sea water should be a little bit higher than usual to get it flooded (apart from the crowds of tourists). Thus you will witness l’Acqua Alta (high water). Or you might be there in summer when unbearable heat suffocates tourists and locals alike. But for sure, you always see swarming pigeons all around no matter what the season is. They are there, in the piazza (square) which is dominated by a beautiful Basilica with a splendid adjacent Ducal Palace, a bell-tower in front of them, a splendid clock-tower and two granite columns dedicated to the Patron Saints of the city (Saint Theodore and San Mark) and the Lion of …. Continue reading

La città sull’acqua (The City on Water)

It’s a city which has stories, keeps stories and retells stories. It’s a place with a rich past and history. It keeps its ancestors’ heart pulsing and alive. Its governors and citizens keep and appreciate all that was left by their forefathers. There is nothing greater than keeping the historic and architectural monuments, history and traditions of your city. It is la città sull’acqua (the city on water) and its tiny streets on water aren’t paved like the streets of any other big city as well as its century-long houses are still there – well preserved despite the influence of the sea water.  Which is that paradise place? It is simply … Continue reading

Lost in Time

Mamoiada is a tiny village in inland Ichnusa. It’s situated in the Region of Barbagia (Barbaria) whose name was given to the proud and elusive people (who always threw away any kind of rule) of that mountainous land by the Romans. This terra is occupied by a mountain massif and is still inhabited by practising shepherds. Above all, the village attracts visitors because it’s home of mamuthones and issohadores.    Continue reading