Italy is a beautiful country, we all know that, so to close the year I thought I’d offer you my favourite photos from the last 365 days as a little reminder of some of the wonderful places we’ve visited together (and a few that I’ve yet to tell you about!)
But before I do, there is one thing I need to say to you all, dear readers, and that is a big thank you! Thank you for joining me on this adventure. Thank you for making this the best year yet. Thank you for your continued support and lovely comments – keep ‘em coming! But most of all thank you for voting in Italy Magazine’s 2015 Blogger Awards as, thanks to you, DreamDiscoverItalia is the winner of the Best Art & Culture blog category!
It’s a wonderful honour, especially as the competition was of a superb standard and means a huge amount to me personally. Grazie mille, grazie tante, grazie di tutto, grazie di cuore and grazie infinite!! Thank you!
I’m looking forward to continuing our exploration of Italy in 2016 and can’t wait to tell you all about the treasures of this wonderful land. I hope you’ll come along and in the meantime, here are the highlights of 2015!
The opening ceremony of the Venice carnival
Learning Italian over a nice glass of vino!
Acqua bassa – extreme low tide – in Venice
Getting married in Venice requires a different kind of transport!
Traditional mask making in Venice
First gelato of the season in St Mark’s Square
Carnival costumes come in all shapes
Washing day in Venice
The beautiful Palazzo della Ragione in Padua
Retired Venetian rowers and gondoliers race along the Grand Canal dressed as La Befana
A gentleman strikes a pose in front of Venice’s Bridge of Sighs
The Scuola di San Rocco in Venice
Flight of the Eagle at Venice Carnival
Traditional lace making in Burano, Venice
Coffee pit stop
Giving visitors the grand tour of the grand canal!
The pink lady catches some early spring sunshine in Venice
Alessio-B graffiti in Padua
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Trainee flag bearers in Umbria
Venice Music Project’s soprano Liesl Odenweiler sings her heart out!
Textile printing at the Antica Stamperia Artigiana Marchi in Santarcangelo di Romagna
The monumental beauty of Turin’s piazzas by night
Which direction will you take in 2016?
An old monastery gardens by night in Forlì, Romagna – more of which in 2016…..!
Babbo Natale look-a-likes glide gently down the Grand Canal in Venice
Truffle hunting at San Miniato’s truffle festival, Tuscany
Playing beach games in Bellaria Igea Marina, Romagna – more of which in 2016…..
Cooking with the wonderful Nonna Violante!
Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) hangs up his tunic for another year!
Bassano del Grappa’s beautiful wooden pontoon bridge designed by Andrea Palladio in 1569
Have a rummage through Milan’s canal side antiques market on the last Sunday of every month
Jake Gyllenhaal arrives at Venice’s film festival
Venice’s Biennale art festival brought some stunning installations
Buon Anno Nuovo tutti – Happy New Year everyone!!
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