Frustration with Social Media – Twitter Lockout

Since my blog usually deals with all things Italian, this post is a bit off topic. But I feel compelled to write after  experiencing so much frustration, or frustrazione in the last 24 hours. I must confess that my good friend and fellow writer and blogger, Stephanie Neighbour suggested the idea, and I decided to run with it.

I have been on Twitter since September of 2012 when I published my first book and had to learn to promote it on social media. I knew nothing then but in two years have managed to  gain over 5000 followers. Anyone who knows me realizes that I am always extolling the benefits  of social media, especially Twitter, for networking and promoting. So as a result, I am on Twitter quite often throughout the day and night. I have come to rely on scheduling websites such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite since  I manage not only my own account on Twitter, but also @ItalianTalks.

For over 23 hours now my @margiemiklas account has been locked. Other Twitter members can see it and so can I, but I cannot access it, or tweet anything from it. I suspect my account has been hacked. The entire process began with an e-mail from Twitter Support.original email from twitter 12202014At first I was skeptical, and researched this to make sure the message was not a scam or hoax. A few hours later, after I was convinced that this was legitimate, I changed my password. I was able to access my account, although not for too long, and then I received another e-mail informing me that my account is now locked.

2nd emailThis was the beginning of the frustrazione, which has only escalated since that time. After numerous attempts to reset the password and receiving this same canned text message I was ready to kill someone. Of course, there is no possibility to talk to a real human being at Twitter. The only communication is the support team via e-mail and a form.

After 18 hours of no access to my Twitter account I took action and created a new account, @margiemiklas1, with the same photo, header background, and bio. At least this way I can still tweet, but now I am starting over with no followers. What a nightmare.

The saving grace of this aggravating scenario is the support and encouragement from my wonderful friends on Twitter…too many to name, but if you go to my new Twitter account, you will see who they are. A few of them even e-mailed with suggestions and advice. Some took to Facebook to spread the word. All were so supportive and helped make this not be such a bad thing. By the end of the day, I had almost 100 followers, not bad for starting from scratch. It’s not 5000, but you have to start somewhere.

I am hopeful that I may have my original account restored. Supposedly, after signing out og third-party applications, such as Hootsuite and Tweetdeck, after enough time elapses, I may be able to reset my password again. We’ll see, vediamo. Patience comes to those who wait. I do not have high expectations, but some have said that after 3-5 days their accounts had been restored.

So on that note, I am thinking positive thoughts and moving forward. A big hug to everyone and please know how much I appreciate each of you!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all.

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Nominate Your Favorite Italy Blog – Italy Magazine ‘s 2015 Blogger Awards

It’s that time of year again, and Italy Magazine is accepting nominations for their 2nd Italy Blogger Awards.

blogger-awardsLast year, thanks to all of you, my blog was a finalist in one of the categories – an honor for me.

Since you are such loyal readers of my blog I can only assume that  you have the same kind of passion for Italy as  I do.  So here is your opportunity to have a voice and nominate your favorite blogs  in the various categories. Of course, I would be most grateful if you nominated margieinitaly for an award. You can vote more than once and in more than one category.

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Click here for the Italy Magazine Blogger Award Nomination link

Here is the information you need when you fill out the Blogger Award Nomination Form
Name *
(Name of person nominating blog – that’s you!)
Blog Title * margieinitaly
Blog URL *http://margieinitaly.wordpress.com
Contact E-mail *
(Contact email for person nominating blog – that’s you!)
Nomination Category *
Check: √ Best Travel Blog and/or Best Overall Blog for lovers of Italy
Grazie mille from the bottom of my heart!!!

Please feel free to share this e-mail with your friends.

 

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A Sicilian Plays the Accordion

I was delighted to receive this spontaneous short video from Angela Savoca, my Sicilian friend whom I believe is truly my cousin. This is her father, Antonio, playing the accordion.

Grazie, Angela, for allowing me to post this here on my blog.

Doesn’t it just want to make you smile?

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On the Streets of Milan

Milan Expo DSCN4678 (2) (640x479)As you may or may not know, Milan is hosting the next World’s Fair in 2015. It is more commonly known as the Expo, short for Universal Exposition. These events occur every four years and the last time Milan hosted this was in 1906. These world exhibitions have been happening since 1851.

Milan Expo DSCN4680 (2) (640x481)It’s  quite apparent on the streets of Milan that they are preparing the city for the expected 20 million visitors between May 1 and October 31 of 2015.

Milan DSCN4679 (2) (481x640)The galleria and the Duomo are covered in scaffolding as restorations continue on an ongoing basis.

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Milan Expo DSCN4677 (2) (480x640)Have you been to Milan? Would the Expo be a reason to visit? Leave a comment. I’m interested in your feedback.

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Italian People at Work

Italian people are hard workers…
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As much as I love Italia, I think the lifestyle is difficult and I respect these Italy locals. What do you think ? Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your feedback.

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Street Scenes in Naples

imageNaples is a city with a lot of character and all you have to do is walk its streets to feel it. I loved it! The photos speak for themselves.

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More photos and stories about Naples coming soon. I’d love to know what you think.. Please leave a comment…

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Venice Proposes Noisy Luggage Ban for Tourists

Italy has always had some weird laws, but the latest one proposed seems over the top to me., so much so that I feel compelled to write about it today.

The city of Venice has just proposed a “noisy luggage ban,” a  ban on tourists from  bringing wheeled luggage across the more than 400  footbridges in the city. If passed, this would take effect in May of 2015 and the fine could be as high as €500. Interestingly, the law would not apply to local Venice residents. I think this law will be difficult to enforce, not to mention the fact that luggage with bicycle-style pneumatic wheels does not even exist.
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Venice is a beautiful place and yes, it is inundated with tourists every single day.  According to the most recent study, 26,179 visitors per square kilometer are in Venice during peak hours.  Every day over 60,000 tourists visit historic Venice. So I understand why the local government opposes the large cruise ships in the lagoon, since they block views and upset the fragile ecosystem. Yet it is a fine balance to maintain, since tourists are vital to the economy of Venice.
These types of laws seem so ridiculous, when you realize that Italy allows and even encourages other situations that are not permitted in other places. For example, did you know beginning in May of 2015, that the Italian Army will begin to grow marijuana  in Florence for national healthcare system. The hope is to discourage medical marijuana users from buying the weed on the street.

For myself and others who plan to visit Venice, I hope this proposal  sponsored by Special Commissioner Vittorio Zappalorto does not become law, especially since I plan on returning to Venice in May of 2015, and you can be sure that I will be bringing my wheeled luggage too. I’ll be paying close attention to the news reports out of Italy on this one.
Do you have an opinion? What do you think of this? I’d love to hear your feedback and perspectives. Leave a comment.

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Take a Sculpture Course in Carrara

DSCF3330 (640x480)Carrara in Tuscany is not your typical tourist location, but it is the city known for its immense marble quarries. I loved visiting this city on my own and touring the impressive caves and marble quarries  was an eye-opener to me. 20110504-101151.jpg

 Carrara is the place where Michelangelo obtained the piece of marble to create the statue of David, one of his most well-known  masterpieces.DSCF5036_edited-1 (2) (427x640)
For anyone interested in learning the art of sculpting using this white marble, the opportunity is right here in Carrara at the Arco Arte Marble Sculpture School. Founded by Boutros Romhein, the school opened in 1990 and offers two-week courses in marble sculpture.

In a relaxed and pleasant environment, the courses are taught by Sculptor Boutros Romheim, who teaches sculpting techniques, both ancient and modern. The goal of this intensive course is for the sculpting student to acquire the skills needed to create art from a block of marble. Learning occurs in small groups of two or three, divided between those using hand manual techniques and those using power tools.DSCF3289 (640x479)

The school includes space for working, leisure, a kitchen, and sleeping accommodations. This arrangement affords the opportunity for the students to work and live in the same space. This experience allows them the opportunity to work late into the night hours, if desired, and encourages interaction.

Courses are held from mid-May until mid-October. Arrival and check-in is on a Sunday and the course begins on Monday. Check-out is the Sunday following the completion of the course.

A teacher is with the students from 9-12 in the mornings and from 2-5 in the afternoons. The students may work at any other hours they choose, but are limited to using hand tools during these times. The hand tools are provided by the studio. The studio also will provide pneumatic and electrical hammers, along with electro-mechanical hammers.

Included in the price of tuition is the marble itself, with a maximum weight of fifty kilograms. The students keep their finished marble works of art. Arco Arte will arrange to ship any pieces that are too large to be hand-carried or transported by car, for students who have vehicles.

Although I did not take a sculpting course myself, having no ability in that area, I interviewed Philip Obermarck who is a sculptor, visual artist, and postgraduate student. When he was working on his MFA degree at Edinburgh College of Art, part of University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, he took the course at Arco Arte to learn the techniques of sculpting with stone. His experience at the school adds some first-hand feedback about the two-week course.

Philip indicated that he was able to complete his work of art in the two weeks allotted, and so were most of the other students in his class of five. All teaching is provided by Sculptor Boutros Romheim. At times other sculptors, who are previous students, may be inside the studio, working on long-term projects. Signor Romheim has two stonemason journeymen who assist him at times, although the teaching is by the master sculptor, Romheim, who provides personalized instruction to each student.

Accommodations are conveniently located next to the work area. Shared rooms with one or two beds are provided and single rooms are available at an additional cost. Shared facilities include bathrooms, showers, and a kitchen, where students can bring food to prepare their own meals. Meals are not provided. According to Philip, Arco Arte “is a family run operation and Boutros and his family live onsite. They have converted several buildings into rentals. There is a main kitchen in one of the buildings which all the guests (whose suites don’t have a kitchen) share. This promotes a family-like atmosphere.”

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Philip continued to explain that the family-like atmosphere is enhanced by one of Boutros’s rituals. “Every day at 10am and 3pm, all work stops for coffee. Each day one of the guests will be in charge of the coffee and make espresso at these times. Everyone gathers in the kitchen to have a cup or two and take a break. It is very relaxing and also promotes that family atmosphere.” In the evenings anyone who wishes is invited to relax on the patio with Boutros and his assistants as they enjoy some beer. “Everyone at the school made me feel welcome and I would love to return there.”

Each student is expected to assist on a daily basis with the cleaning of the community space, and also their rooms at the end of the course. Each student is to provide his own insurance.

For more details about Philip’s experience and to see various photos of his marble sculpture, check out his blog, Tropes and Idiotropes. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Meet the Author – An Interview with Victoria De Maio

IMG_3728In the past two years, since I published my first book, I have had the honor to be featured and interviewed on other authors’  blogs and websites. I remember how exciting it felt. I know that my books are doing as well as they are today because of the strong support I’ve felt  from other writers, bloggers, and authors.

That’s why I am especially pleased  to be able to feature a new author on my blog today. Not only is Victoria De Maio passionate about Italy, but she is also a
travel consultant, blogger, writer, tour leader & now,  a published author. Congratulations, Victoria!

Welcome, Victoria De Maio!

Please tell us a little about yourself.
When I reflect I feel so grateful to have been raised in a small town; Napa, California. I’m second generation Italian (my maternal grandparents came from Tuscany and my paternal from Sicily). We were a small tight knit family and upon reflection, my pretty wonderful childhood seems very innocent and sweet.

I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a writer. As a matter of fact, I was actually first “published” in my early elementary years. I wrote a little story about my stuffed bunny that appeared in the weekly children’s section of the local newspaper.

In junior high school my English teacher was a strong influence. His comments and encouragement had an indelible impact on my dream of being a journalist and traveling the world. I even declared English as my college major but, when I received the recommended reading list, I was so intimidated (Beowulf? Chaucer? Shakespeare?) that I changed to a social science major and English minor.

Fast forward past finishing college in southern California, teaching, marriage, divorce, career transitions, corporate life, and a few “mid life” crises! I was compelled to re-evaluate and do a lot of soul searching and I made the decision to leave the corporate world and pursue what I felt was my true calling, teaching; not in the classroom but teaching yoga.

VictoriaDeMaio - Photo for Ebook copy for Interview 480Several years ago, to supplement my income, I had the opportunity to be a travel consultant. It was a natural fit and I began learning the travel business. I started a newsletter and utilized a lot of the writing skills I had honed in my corporate life (business letters, marketing plans, proposals, etc.). It also afforded me the opportunity to do more traveling.
All of this time I was journaling and writing about writing a book! I kept hoping I would reconnect with my creative voice. Then, a little more than two years ago when I was going back to Italy for a month, I decided I wanted to start a blog. However, I was still on my flip phone and 10 year old 1-gig Mac! A coffee meeting with a friend (who happens to be a social media guru) ended up being a 6-hour life-changing afternoon. In a nutshell, I realized that I needed to take the technological/social media plunge…

By the time I left for Italy two months later I had a new iPhone, a blog site and a used Apple laptop. So, off I went to Italy to begin the next chapter. I managed to blog (learn as you go!) and when I returned I summoned the courage to submit my first article to a daily email newsletter, Italian Notebook, and it was published! Not only that, it was well received! I was over the moon!

About a year ago, inspired by other terrific bloggers and writers, I decided to write an ebook. Ideas were scribbled and filed, edited, refiled! Around the same time, through more wonderful social media connections, I partnered with a local tour expert in Puglia and, after two successful trips this year, became a tour leader.
Victoria's Travel TipZ Italian StyleOrganizing and promoting the tours overshadowed the ebook…until this spring when the idea for my ebook distilled and became obvious – and, of course, the main character would be Italy!

After hundreds of hours, lots of coffee and hand wringing, my labor of love, Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style, was just published on Amazon. I have to say it’s a surreal moment. I only wish my parents were here …

When did you go to Italy for the first time and how many times have you been there total?
If I tell you the year, then some people are going to start doing the math so let’s just say it was back in those $5.00 /day days! I was a school teacher and went to Europe for a good part of a summer with three fellow teachers. Of course, our itinerary included Italy.

I remember coming home with fantasies of returning and teaching English in Italy (yes, I met a cute Italian) but “life” intervened and it actually took me over 20 years to get back! I went solo and joined a tour and it was marvelous. I remember thinking, “why did you wait so long to return?

Since then I’ve returned six times, twice this year with my groups and additional independent travel. As soon as I get home, I’m homesick for Italy!

What is your favorite location in Italy and why?
This could very well be the most difficult question to answer because I love Italy so much and there are so many more regions I want to experience. If I had to choose one city, it would be Venice. For me, it is pure magic.

As a writer of your first book, do have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just start. Start today.

After many years of procrastinating and false starts, I decided I had to tap back into what I was passionate about and find my creative voice again. I was introduced to “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and it was exactly what I needed! It gave me permission to be imperfect. I could stop feeling guilty about that drawer full of beautiful journals that I had started and were filled with “good intentions” and to get a 99 cent spiral notebook and just WRITE! No editing, no rewording, not even rereading, just put it all down on paper.

I also struggled for years with that need to be perfect and the fear of rejection. When I started to blog, I read lots of other blogs and I realized that I could definitely write as well and in many cases, a lot better than what was out there. It was also an opportunity to risk rejection on a small tolerable scale! (Every day, I still have to let go of that need to be perfect and fire the internal judge!)

The beauty of a blog is that you are encouraged to have and express your own voice. It’s pretty much free to start and it’s all yours. And when you write from your own voice, it’s authentic, real and appealing. It’s like having a conversation and allows you to share what you’re passionate about. And you connect with others on the same path…(The other beauty is that you can edit, change, and delete anything at any time!) And I love that you can connect with an amazing community.

There’s no better time than now! Start, step out, tap into your passion, share it, find others who share it…enjoy the journey!

How long did it take for this book to come to fruition? (From concept, writing, editing to published)
For over a year I was toying with the idea of writing a series of travel tip ebooks. I had outlines and ideas. And there it sat while I worked on the other projects I’ve mentioned.
While preparing for my 6-week trip to Italy last spring, I also planned to write lots of notes for future posts/articles. One idea was to take notes (and photos) of what you will and won’t find when you travel to Italy. At some point I had my “lightbulb, aha!” moment to expand that concept into travel tips strictly about Italy.

When I returned, I made the ebook a top priority with the goal of publishing before the year was over. What started as a few thousand words grew and fleshed out over the next six month into 16,000 words. It’s was a rolIer coaster of ups and downs – excitement, inspiration, self-doubt, creative spells, writers block…the gamut!! But, once I knew what I wanted to do, I persevered. I was also fortunate to have the encouragement of supportive friends and, in particular, two fellow blogger/writers that I highly respect, Margie Miklas and Rick Zullo.

Over the months and hundreds of hours, it evolved. New ideas were integrated and my vision of how I wanted it to look and read took shape. I started counting the number of “editions” and drafts – there were over 30! I had connected with someone who professionally designs ebooks and when it was ready we started the nitty gritty of cover design, formatting, etc. More tweaking, editing, proofing.

Once the “finished product” was ready, then the technical business of getting onto Amazon and ordering my print proof. I have to say that getting the proof copy only two weeks ago was an incredible moment! Just pure “WOW!”

Earlier this month the final versions were uploaded and as of November 13th everything is “live” on Amazon! I’m now a published author! It’s an incredible milestone for me.

Where else can we find your writing in addition to your blog and your book?
In addition to a e-newsletter I am thrilled and honored to be a contributing writer for Italian Notebook, Italian Talks, and L’Italo-Americano. I also contribute to Beautiful Puglia and Stay.com. I also write guest blog/articles. You can Find Me anytime on my blog.

Do you have any upcoming trips? If so, to where?
Next spring (and fall), I’m returning to Italy. I have small group tours to Puglia and Umbria. I will also do some “before and after” independent travel. Venice is definitely on the itinerary for next spring and Torino, Bologna and the Amalfi are possibilities. Stay tuned on my blog for updates!

What one travel accessory can you not live without?
My tech devices have become indispensable – primarily my iPhone. I love the Mophie battery pack/cover made for it as well. Since I use my iPhone for photos, the Mophie doubles my battery life so I can virtually take photos all day long and not run out of juice.

What is a favorite travel moment?
Oh dear, this is very difficult so I’m going to cheat and share a few. Many involve my attempts to speak Italian -Italians are just so patient and I embrace and love trying. One incident was when I was slowly greeting and asking a question in a shop in Florence. When I finished, the mother and son shop owners both smiled and said “bravissima!”

OK, one more…I love taking photos of people I meet – shop owners, merchants, artisans, waiters and servers, etc. I always ask their permission and they are always so surprised and flattered. Also, I always ask their names and thank them. Wonderful, special moments and memories!

How has travel changed you?
I don’t know how you can travel and not be changed. It has certainly changed me in a myriad of ways; it shifts my whole perspective and my priorities. The experience of traveling solo, what I call exercising my “courage muscles” and navigating my fears, has been especially rewarding and empowering.

There’s a great quote from Ibn Battuta that sums up how travel has changed me: “Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m usually researching and planning my next trip to Italy! Staying in close touch with my friends and social media communities is a priority and I do spend a great deal of time planning, marketing and sharing about my Italy tours and now, about my book.

I still teach yoga, love taking walks and find living and walking near the ocean nurturing. I am still trying to improve my Italian and love watching vintage and contemporary Italian films while hanging out in my pjs with a glass of wine and my Lulu kitty.

What is your favorite travel quote?
As a quote collector, I have so many but I have to go with Browning: “Open my heart and you will see Graved inside of it, Italy.”

Grazie, Margie, for the privilege and opportunity to be interviewed on your blog!

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Luxury in Venice at Luna Hotel Baglioni

DSCN5652 (640x480)As many of you may or may not know, I manage the Twitter account and the blog for Italian Talks, whose parent company is Baglioni Hotels. I was privileged to spend one night as a guest in the Luna Hotel Baglioni, the 5-star luxury accommodation near Piazza san Marco. What a treat for me from the moment I set foot inside the oldest hotel in Venice. This elegant 12th-century palazzo was originally a convent, a shelter for the Knights Templar during the Crusades, and later became an aristocratic Venetian palace. Today the Luna Hotel Baglioni is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Fine Hotels & Resorts, and was named on Conde’ Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2013.

DSCN5631 (640x480) (2)With an elegant entrance on a small canal,  the Luna was a short walk from St. Mark’s Square. A private landing allows for hotel guests to arrive by gondola or water taxi. The lovely Carolina Giudice, Room Division Manager, could not have been more accommodating and offered to give me a tour of the hotel. Beginning with the magnificent lobby, I knew that I was in for a treat. Tall ceilings and marble floors and columns punctuated this open space with a warm welcome. A fireplace and Murano glass chandeliers added to the opulence.DSCN5654 (480x640)Many of the original features are in evidence such as ornate stucco walls and Murano chandeliers, but every detail has been attended to so that the hotel with its 91 rooms and suites is very modern. DSCN5651 (640x480)Almost like a museum of art, watercolor paintings, period furniture, and gold fixtures can be found throughout. The stunning Marco Polo Salone, where I enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast, is one of the most beautiful rooms I have seen, and entire ceiling is frescoed with original works from pupils of Tiepolo, the famous 18th century Venetian painter. Photo Oct 17, 9 21 37 PM (640x480)I learned that in the 16th century the Luna Hotel Baglioni had been called Locanda della Luna, which means ‘inn of the moon.’

Although the hotel was fully booked, the recently opened San Giorgio Terrace Suite was vacant, so I was able to see this luxurious suite, which is priced at six thousand euros a night.Photo Oct 17, 3 53 01 AM 640 Carolina assured me that it is booked most of the time. I could only envision what a dream it would be to stay in such a luxurious space which even had its own kitchen with chef. Photo Oct 17, 3 49 33 AM 640The best part, though, was the huge furnished terrace, which overlooked the lagoon and and the island of San Giorgio. I thought I was in heaven.Photo Oct 17, 3 49 58 AM (640x479)My deluxe room was total luxury, with its marble bath and silk fabrics. I could get easily used to this fantasy, but for one night, I enjoyed the reality of opulence, glamour, and luxury.

A tempting plate of Venetian dolce awaited me as a surprise welcome. The balcony and very modern bathroom spoiled me forever.

The quiet and pleasant Caffè Baglioni was the perfect spot for me to wait for my friends, Angela and Alessandro. Maria Teresa, the maitre d and head sommelier, was happy to offer me a Spritz, the traditional Venetian drink. A small patio with a few tables extends outside and I decided to sit there and enjoy the view of the canal. A complimentary triple set of bowls filled with cashews, peanuts, and chips tempted me and I felt relaxed here.

I enjoyed conversing with Maria Teresa, who speaks perfect English. Not long afterward, Signor Gianmatteo Zampieri came out to the balcony and introduced himself as the general manager of the Luna Hotel Baglioni. His passion for Venice and his hotel was unmistakable. He could not have been more accommodating to me, and I felt like some kind of VIP. Although he was busy, he made himself accessible to me, inviting me to contact him anytime for any information I might need.

While I did not dine in the famous Canova Restaurant, I could see that it would make for a very romantic experience, just by the ambience itself. DSCN5655 (640x480)Perhaps on another visit I will be able to enjoy the fine dining experience provided by the world-renowned Chef Cosimo.

Grazie mille Signor Zampieri, for a wonderful and unforgettable experience at your beautiful hotel.

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