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Weddings in Italy… how easy can it be?

Seeking a professional wedding planner  in Italy

Courtesy of "The Big Event"Weddings in Italy are becoming more and more popular and the fans of Jane Maripose have asked her for some advice on how to go about organizing a wedding in Italy.  We have therefore contacted a number of event planners to seek their advice on how to avoid any unwelcome surprises when planning an event or wedding.  Here following is some advice we received from the  owner of The Big Event to help us in understanding what to look for when seeking a professional wedding planner in Italy.

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Hiring a Wedding and Business Event Planner can Make the Event Thriving!

Interview to the owner of “The Big Event”

Courtesy of The Big EventThe event planners are professionals who have acquired a high level of expertise and therefore have the knowledge and experience necessary for planning everything perfectly.

Defy from using “fly-by-night” companies and always make sure you are provided with references and information on previous events they have organized.
There are so many people these days that improvise themselves as wedding planners, but when it comes to the crunch their lack of experience very soon surfaces, placing the entire event at risk.  The more a wedding planner has been on the market and organized events, the more certainty you will have that the planner has considered every detail and is fully in control of the situation.

Another important factor to take into consideration is whether the wedding planner is able to understand and interpret the requirements of the client.
Each event is different and needs to be tailored and suited in an individual manner. Continue reading

Tuscany a perfect film location

Overflowing with familiar sights and picturesque landscapes, Tuscany has been used as a film location for many major films. The charm and appeal of Tuscany is quite unmatched, and several movies have not just been filmed, but were also centered upon the scenic cities of Tuscany, such as Cortona and Florence.

Bask Under the Tuscan Sun

One of these movies is Under the Tuscan Sun, a 2003 Audrey Wells direction based on the Frances Mayes novel of the same name. The film helped reveal the best sights and historical attractions that dotted the city of Florence. Some of the locations used in the film included the Piazza della Signoria and the Piazza della Republica.

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via Amanda Lavelli – Tuscany notes

Udine – A stroll around

Articles Index: Udine, Attractions, Where to stay…, …And to eat, Events,

There is more to Udine, however, than the city’s fine historical, artistic and documentary heritage, closed within the rooms of its monuments. The best way to enjoy this gem of a city is through contact with the everyday life that enfolds on the streets and within the neighbourhoods, taking a stroll through the little squares and a look around the shops, or sampling some local food and wine in one of the many hostelries and winebars it offers.

It is pleasant to take a walk around admiring the little low houses, the charming little doors and tiny windows, the religious-themed frescoes and stylised decorations, just behind the university building of Palazzo Antonini, in the mediaeval neighbourhood, or Via Superiore, Via Leicht and Via Zorutti, superbly renovated after the 1976 earthquake; or to stroll along Via Anton Lazzaro Moro,Via Mazzini and Via Palladio, marvelling at the splendid Palazzo Florio, which houses the Rector’s office, or some of the city’s most important noble residences, such as Palazzo Antonini-Cernazai, or the residence Andrea Palladio designed for Floriano Antonini, or the Caiselli building, originally constructed in the Middle Ages and altered throughout the centuries thereafter.

Visitors then might like to stop off in Piazzetta Antonini to admire the delightful little Church of San Cristoforo, before proceeding up Riva Bartolini, past the old civic library and into the beating heart of Udine: Via Mercatovecchio. Were it not for the porphyry cobblestone paving in place of a canal, visitors might think they were in Venice. The street is flanked on both sides by mediaeval and fifteenth-century buildings, modern re-workings and nineteenth-century constructions, and under the two porticoes shopping fans will find a range of pleasant surprises: from the Zagolin milliner’s, whose activity is documented from as early as the 18th century, to Casa Tonini, more an institution than a shop, with the sort of fine, original furnishings most of us dream of, where Cavalli bedlinen rubs shoulders with a nineteenth-century French bench.

Just a few steps from here lies Piazza Libertà, the very emblem of Udine, with the Loggia del Lionello, thus named because it was built on a design by Nicolò Lionello at the request of the Republic of Venice, motivated by the desire to affirm its power in Udine; the embankment with the statues of Floreàn and Venturìn, the clock tower with the Moors striking the hours, and the magnificent Town Hall building designed by the architect Raimondo D’Aronco, who took twenty years to finally complete it in 1930.
Just off Udine’s main square, alongside Via Mercatovecchio, down a number of charming little lanes, is Piazza delle Erbe, also known as Piazza del Mercato or Piazza San Giacomo, where you can see the attractive Church of San Giacomo, assymetrical compared to the square shape of the Piazza, which is surrounded by tall, narrow buildings from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, each one a different colour from the one beside it, and all of which have been adorned in various ways over the centuries with stucco work, decorations and frescoes. In the middle of the square is the embankment with the fountain, where fruit and vegetables, and indeed antiques, are sold.

As you leave the square and walk in an easterly direction across the roggia (a little artificial waterway) a walk along the ancient Via Poscolle (post collem is Latin for “behind the hill”, in this case the Castle hill) will take you to Piazzale 26 Luglio.

At the centre is the Monument to the Resistance (Italy’s civil war), by the architects Federico Marconi and Gino Valle, built between 1959 and 1969, in front of which is the Tempio Ossario, a memorial to the victims of the Great War, dated 1925 and built by the architects Provino Valle and Alessandro Limongelli. In the same square is the twentieth-century construction that once hosted the brewery where Moretti beer (famous for its label featuring a man with a moustache and a Borsalino hat) used to be made, which today no longer belongs to the firm.

By: Laura Sebastianutti

Photo by: Archivio fotografico dell’Agenzia TurismoFVG

Udine Attractions

Articles Index: Udine, A stroll around, Where to stay…, …And to eat, Events,

Art lovers will find plenty to keep them busy in Udine: the Castle Museums (on Castle Hill, tel. 0432/271591) boast a fine collection of archaeological finds, galleries dedicated to ancient art, drawings and prints, the Friuli Photography Museum and the photographic archives, and shows and exhibitions are often held there.

Then there is the Modern Art Gallery (Piazzale Paolo Diacono 22,  tel. 0432/295891; gamud@comune.udine.it), which is home to a collection of over four thousand paintings, sculptures and drawings from the mid-nineteenth century up to the present day and includes names such as Modigliani, Vedova, the local Friulian contemporary artist Zigaina, and the brothers Dino, Mirko and Afro Basaldella, to whom an area is dedicated.

The Gallery hosts a number of particular collections such as the twentieth-century Italian artworks donated by Maria Luisa Astaldi (Sironi, Morandi, Guttuso, De Chirico), the works donated by American artists (De Kooning, Andre) to show their solidarity following the 1976 earthquake, and the international-style engravings donated by Fabio Mauroner.

Visitors often come from all over Italy to see the Diocesan Museum and the Tiepolo Galleries (Piazza Patriarcato 1, tel. 0432/25003, info@musdioc-tiepolo.it; www.musdioc-tiepolo.it), housed in the eighteenth-century Archbishop’s Palace, which was once the residence of the patriarchs of Aquileia.

The interior of the Palace is an extraordinarily spectacular testament to the skill of Giambattista Tiepolo: from the broad ceremonial staircase with the fresco depicting the Caduta degli angeli ribelli, to the Giudizio di Re Salomone in the Sala Rossa, or red room, and the Galleria degli Ospiti (Guest Gallery).

By: Laura Sebastianutti

Photo by: Archivio fotografico dell’Agenzia TurismoFVG

Udine- Events

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From 23 April until 1 May 2010, Udine will be playing host to the Far East Film Festival, the most important showcase in Europe for cinema productions from the area, which will be featuring over 60 movies from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan (www.fareastfilm.com).

From 21 to 30 May 2010, the heritage Giambattista Tiepolo left in Udine will be celebrated with the organisation of keynote lectures, study encounters, themed exhibitions, Baroque music concerts and guided visits around places related to the artist’s works. (www.udinecultura.it).

By: Laura Sebastianutti

Udine – …And to eat

Articles Index: Udine, Attractions, Where to stay…, A stroll around, Events,

There is plenty to choose from here too. In addition to the traditional restaurants (www.friuliatavola.it) and pizzerias (run by families from the Campania region who settled in Friuli decades ago), such as “Da Raffaele”, in Via Cividale 11, visitors might like to try one of the many hostelries Udine offers, such as the characteristic “Alle Volte”, in Via Mercerie 6, the original “Allo sbarco dei pirati”, in Via Bartolini 12, where you are likely to find yourself seated among university students toasting exam successes or degree results, “Alla Ghiacciaia”, in Via Zanon 13, where you can sample typical local dishes beneath the pergola and over the roggia, or “Al Vecchio Stallo”, where you can rub shoulders with the crème della crème of Udine as you enjoy the famous salted cheese.

By: Laura Sebastianutti