A girl leaning on a low wall and a wine landscape behind her

An autumn afternoon at the Castle of San Salvatore

There’s a little village in the province of Treviso famous to have not just one, but two castles: Collalto and San Salvatore. The last one – strategically perched on a hill facing the main communication route between Treviso and Conegliano – is a private residence, not very often open to visits. Actually, there are just two big events taking place here: Vino in Villa – a wine experience dedicated to the Prosecco Superiore – and Libri in Cantina – a national show of small and medium publishing. It’s a great chance to enter not just the garden – with all the ancient castle’s ruins – but also palazzo Odoardo, built in the 18th century by the homonymous earl.

The history of the Collalto family – which can claim Longobard origins – dates back to about the year 1000 A.D., when its power began to spread over this very area, obtaining the title of Counts of Treviso. In 1245 the Comune of Treviso itself left all its rights over the San Salvatore hill to the Collaltos, marking the beginning of their influence over a quite extensive territory of the prealpi trevigiane. The building of the castle of San Salvatore took place between the end of the XIIIth century and the beginning of the XIVth, in order to exercise better control over their possessions and working in synergy with the previous fortification of Collalto, few kilometres away. San Salvatore is quite a late-medieval castle, but it also was one of the widest one in the Northern Italy, keeping its power over centuries, until 1797, when Napoleon arrived. The recent history succeeded in devastating what had been kept alive over the centuries: between 1917 and 1918 the castle suffered considerable damage during the bombing, that destroyed also the archives. So much have been lost about its history and appearance, as it was before WWI.

According to studies, a great work has been done during the XVIth century, when a more urban appearance has been given to the architectural space inside the walls. The main palace, Palazzo Odoardo, dates back to the XVII century and has been recently restored to its ancient splendour. The building represented the effort made by Earl Odoardo of Collalto to catch attention and propose himself as Doge of Venice. He didn’t make it but, fortunately, he left us a magnificent palace, now venue for cultural events. The entire castle is still property of the counts of Collalto, who run the estate following that blend of culture and wine that is the natural vocation of this territory.

A place so much beautiful and deeply connected with the panorama to be often chosen by the famous XVth century artist Cima da Conegliano as the main feature in the background landscapes of his paintings.

Portrait of a girl wearing sunglasses with a castle behind herA castle gate

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The northern gate

A castle's gateGate and walls of a castlePortrait of a redhead girl leaning on a brickwall

A wine landscape

The sweet landscape towards North

A catles' walls

Ruins of the walls

Portrait of a girl sitting on a castles' wallsPortrait of a girl with a brickwall and a wine landscape on the background

Ancient buildings and tower inside the castle's walls

The “torre cavallerizza”

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Portrait of a girl standing on a drawbridge of a castle

The second gate, inside the walls

The besieged walls of a castle

Palazzo Odoardo saw from the main access avenue

Ancient houses inside the castle walls

Inhabited houses inside the walls

Ruins of the original houses and wall of the castle

Remains of the wall and buildings facing North

Bedieged walls of a castle

Battlement facing the plain to the South

The ancient towers and houses of the castleAn ancient well in the castle's gardenRuins of a frescoed wall inside the castle's gardenA girl entering a garden gateA girl leaning on a low wall and a wine landscape behind herA potted plant leaning against the ancient wallsPortrait of a girl leaning on an ancient frescoed wallThe garden inside the castle's wallsAncient ruins of the castleThe castle's garden

The entrance of the main building inside the castle

Palazzo Odoardo

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Portrait of a girl witha wine landscape behind her

A terrace facing West

A wine landscape made of hills


A group of donkeys eanting on a green field

A girl leaning on the castle's walls

The West side of the palace

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A girl walking in the castle's garden

More gardens on the North side of the palace

A wine landscape seen from a window

Portrait of a girl standing on a staircase inside an historical building

The main staircase leading to the noble floor of the palace

A castle room with two glass chandelierA statue inside an historical building


A staircase inside the castle's garden

The backyard garden

Portrait of a girl heading to the castle's gate

The Southern gate

A low-wall in a tree-lined avenue

The tree-lined avenue leading to the main entrance of the castle

Portrait of a girl leanig on a low-wall in a tree-lined avenuePortrait of a girl holding a chestnut leafThe castle seen from the tree-lined avenue


My autumn outfit:

prussian blue dress by Vero Moda; orange cardigan and blue ballerinas from H&M; vintage prussian blue bag; oak leave earrings by Sigolo Gioielli, NAU! sunglases.

For more info about the Veneto Region and the Province of Treviso please visit Around&AboutTreviso, Qual Buon Veneto and Veneto360.

❃Pics by Antonio and me❃


A fairy tale woman selling her sweets and bisquits

A visit to “Artigianato Vivo” in Cison

Since when I was a child, one of the top summer events was the Artigianato Vivo in Cison di Valmarino. Placed in August, in the middle of the summer holidays and just one month from the beginning of the school, it remained in my imaginary as a fairytale place to visit, spending a fresh evening with the family and taking shelter from the heat of the city.

I’ve already spoken about this lovely little city in a post a few time ago, but its full beauty is certainly well displayed during the ten days of the fair, when many typical houses open their private courtyards to the public, hosting the artisans’ stands. “Artigianato Vivo”- which means “Living Craftsmanship”- reached this year its 37° edition and from a small event, such as it was in its first years of life, has become an important and renowned date not just for those who live in the surround area, but also for tourists and people from other Italian regions. The craftsmen joining the event come from all Italy too.  So, if you are visiting by, next year remember to come and experience this unique fair.

The amazing thing about Artigianato Vivo is that it suits both adults and children; everybody can find a little thing, object or toy to bring home and enjoy for the rest of the year. If you are searching for an original bag, made of fabric or leather, for a handmade belt, a dress, or simply a charming home design object, you won’t be disappointed.

I leave you with a little photo story about my evening. I hope you will enjoy it and, most of all, that it will be able to reflect the magical atmosphere of the place.

The town band playingHandmade bags and jewelsLittle bird houses and PinocchioHandmade bags and beltsCase MarianHistorical parade in historical clothesHistorical paradeAn artisan at workgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison-fairygetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (6 di 123)A fairy tale woman selling her sweets and bisquitsportrait of a girl in a courtyard full of peopleA typical house mado of stonesPortrait of a girl leaning against an old gateA crystal ball decorationPortrait of a girl standing near a stand of handmade straw hatsFairy tale characters made of clayPortrait of a girlCraft toolsAn artisan having his dinnerA girl having a look at the handmade dressesA stand of knitted wool sweatersThe catle before the dawnStands in the evening along the riverPortrait of a girl in the sunsetCircular ceramic lampsCircular ceramic lampsHandmade straw hatsPeople on the streets enjoying the standsWood sculpuresPeople looking at the artisans standsPaper lampsCeramic lampsWooden interior decorationsHandmade paperGlass lanternsPeople enjoying food and wineA stand of handmade notebooksA stand of handmade notebooksDogs enjoying their evening tooA stand of winesA girls painting with wineA lantern hanging on a vine plantSome handmade shoesSome handmade shoesA ceramic egg-shaped lampCeramic faced mugsAn old roofgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (65 di 123)Wooden little airplanesgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (66 di 123)Wool scarvesWooden cuttingboardsA girl looking at some handmade dressesgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison-artisanThe artisan Sigolo Germano at workgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (74 di 123)Glass arrings made by the artisan Sigolo GermanoA silver octopus bracialet made by the artisan Sigolo GermanoA girl looking at some paper lampsgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (77 di 123)Some handmade bagsA little churchOld toolsPeople enjoying the standsThe feast seen from the torrentA little stand selling scarvesA queque of people waiting to cross the bridge on the torrentThe back garden of a barA bookshop along the waySome wooden heart shaped butting boardsPeople enjoying the artisans' standsgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (87 di 123)getmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (88 di 123)Portrait of a girl smelling a perfumed lotus flowerAn artisan standAn artisan stand selling parfumed natural little objectsPortrait of a girl holding a piece of orangeVases and decorations made from glassClothes artisansGarlands and tablecloths made from decorated tissuesA dog enjoying the feastWine bottle holder made from tree rootsPortratit of a girlAn ancient courtyardA bowl full of raspberries waiting to be eatenA window decorated with tissue heartsA ceramic whales lampA musk lampgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (108 di 123)An artisan at workgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (20 di 123)Handmade floral dressesA girl peeking through some dressesHandmade pillows and bagsA wall of bagsCeramicsWooden vasesgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison (17 di 123)Hand-woven fabricsLittle lapms made of painted reclaimed woodMarine theme itemsAn attic full of beautiful handmade shoes, lamps and jewelsChildren toys made of woodHandmade wool scarvesPeople looking at some artisans creationsCeramic hotair balloon lampsCeramic hotair baloon lampsCeramic hotair balloon lampsWood birdsPeople in an acient courtyardA bothanical stand with all kind of dried flowersThe castle lighten up in the dark of the eveningA woman's hand showing a leaf ringgetmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison-124getmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison--125getmehomeforteablog-artigianato-vivo-2017-cison-126

In these last three pictures there is what I bought. The amazing vine leaf ring made by the talented Germano Sigolo (I already had some of his marvellous leaf earrings last years), two fabric wallets made by Casa Quilt and a huge straw bag by Gabriella Nespoli, that I decided to use as an artistic bag, for all my watercolour materials.

For more info about Cison please click here; for info about the Veneto Region and the Province of Treviso please visit Around&AboutTreviso and Qual Buon Veneto

❃Pics by Antonio and me❃


DISCLAIMER: This is an independent blog. Everything I photographed was just and only based on my choice and doesn’t intend to be an exhaustive and punctual report of the event. Everything I bought with my own money was absolutely chosen according to my tastes and not influenced by third parties. I’ve not being paid by anyone or for anything.


saint george's island seen fron riva degli schiavoni venice

The Venice you don’t expect

Venice is to be considered one of the most famous and sought-after touristic destinations. Everyone wants to visit it, breath it, live it at last once in a lifetime. Although its most popular features remain the highlights that still attracts and arouse the curiosity of the visitors through time, I’ve learned to appreciate it also for the less famous things. Sometimes I find myself preferring to take a free walk in the city and see where it takes me, let it surprising me with new spots, corners and calli.

We have to admit that the great and constant attention upon the city also brings its downside. Venice and tourism overcrowding is a long time issue, an increasing phenomenon that touches the very heart of this fragile city. During the last decades, the evolving of mass tourism and most of all of the cruise industry have brought controversial ecological, cultural and urbanistic impact. Problems of such relevance and importance to draw the attention of one of the biggest stylists and icons of our century: Vivienne Westwood. In January 2016 she used her show in Milan for Man Autumn/Winter 2016-17 collection to convey a bigger message, a campaign called Be Specific. The movement tries to raise the collective consciousness to act in defence of the greatest goods we have: “Save our Ocean – Save Venice – Save our Forest” is its motto. Venice is here considered as “a magnificent mirror on the world”, a treasure to be looked after and preserve. In her vision, outlined by the slogan “Venice for the Venetians. Venice for the world“, Vivienne embraces the cry for help of Venetian citizens about topic issues such as the giant cruise boats that are destroying the entire ecological balance of the lagoon, reaching the very heart of the city, and the lack of appropriate infrastructures to manage something like 30 million visitors per year that are literally sinking it. By joining the call of the Association We are here Venice, Vivienne wants to stress the importance of a sustainable tourism, willing to respect the host city and its frail equilibrium.

The problems emerging in the specific case of Venice are, of course, not isolated: many other cities in the world suffer from the same complications. This is why is so important to ask and act for a change in order to give a strong signal to all the other similar realities in the world. Venice is a heritage to the entire world and it’s up to everyone who visits it to guard and preserve its beauty. We all can make a difference in this, through our choices and behaviour. We can decide not to participate in intrusive cruises, to collaborate in keeping the city clean or to indulge ourselves in a less “touristic” itinerary, for example. Another smart thing to do is going to visit famous and usually overcrowded areas or specific places in strange hours. I find very effective the early morning (from 8 am to about 9.30 am) and noon; you will lose one hour of sleep or you’ll have to change your lunch time but you’ll surely find fewer people around and you’ll have the chance to enjoy much better what you are about to see.

Another astute thing to do is going to visit famous and usually overcrowded areas or specific places in strange hours. I find very effective the early morning (from 8 AM to about 9.30 AM) and Noon; you will lose one hour of sleep or you’ll have to change your lunch time but you’ll surely find fewer people around and you’ll enjoy much better what you are about to see.

Today I would like to show you a little itinerary that, yet touching some crucial points of Venice, will show you some other places that, I bet, most of you don’t know.


The cats of Venice are legendary. These live by an equally legendary bookshop: Acqua Alta

a girl dressed in blue in front of a library in venice

The access to the bookshop, situated at the following address: Sestiere Castello, 5176/B, 30122 Venezia

a venetian cat

Again, these cats are the guardians of the place 🐱

books in a library in venice

As you can see this place is a real mine of books of every kind and genre: books are everywhere

a girl in a library in venice

In this unbelievable place shelves are no the traditional ones: gondolas, pieces of boats, thanks have been readapted to contain the books

books in a library in venice

Books, books, books…

girl with blue dress in front of a venice canal

If you wish you can also read a book sitting in an armchair with a view on the canal

books in a library in venice

A gondola full of books

a girl with blue dress in front of a venice canal

books in a library in venice

In the back of the shop, there is also a stair made of books to reach another beautiful view on the canal

a girl enjoying the venetian landscape from the roofs

As we are moving towards Piazza San Marco we cannot love the superb panorama that can be seen from the roof of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a new luxury shopping mall born in Venice.

venice seen from the roofs

It is very likely that you won’t buy anything but the view from here is worth to stop by

a girl enjoying the venetian landscape from the roofs

The shopping centre doesn’t have one year of life and yet the word has spread, so it’s highly probable that you’ll find a queue to have access to the roof

venice from the roofs

a girl enjoying the venetian landscape from the roofs

…again, find yourself there when the place opens (10 AM)

people in venice

Tourists enjoying their lunch

a girl standing in front of la fenice theatre's entrance

On our way to San Marco we came across another absolutely magnificent place: Teatro La Fenice

a girl standing in front of la fenice theatre's entrance

Born in 1795, the famous theatre has been the home of world premieres during the 19th and the 20th centuries

a girl standing in front of la fenice theatre's entrance

Attending to the opera or to a concert could be quite complicated, but you can easily visit the marvellous palace

a venetian restaurant

a girl posing of a bridge in venice

a girl posing in piazza san marco in venice

San Marco and its campanile

a girl posing in piazza san marco in venice

detail of a decoration of san marco in venice

San Marco’s decorations are a real collection of pieces from eastern disassembled buildings, brought to Venice by the merchants



The portrait of the four Tetrarchs is quite a unique piece of its kind. The sculpture group made of red porphyry represents the four Roman emperors and dates back to 300 AD when it was supposed to be in Constantinople

palazzon ducale's statues and sculptures

Where San Marco and Doge’s Palace meet


Lunch time: a lot of people but still an handleable situation

palazzo ducale's arches

Palazzo Ducale/Doge’s Palace

detail of the sculpures of an column of palazzo ducale

Detail of the capital of a column, Doge’s Palace

sculptures in palazzo ducale's corners

Ebbrezza di Noè/Joy of Noah, 14th century Lombard sculptors

venetian canal

Once overcame Piazza San Marco, suddenly the number of people coming across will start to decrease

venetian canal in riva degli schiavoni

Riva degli Schiavoni

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Saint George’s Island seen from Riva degli Schiavoni

venetian landscape

saint george's island ans san marco seen from riva degli schiavoni

Saint George’s Church and the Campanile seen from distance

girl in a calle in venice

A unique window on the Venetian real life

venetian landscape

Sightings from Riva dei Sette Martiri

portrait of a redhead girl on cyan blue wall

The colours of Venice

venetian landscape

Reaching southernmost point of Venice

venetian landscape with typical houses

Splendid houses near the Venetian Gardens

venetian gardens la biennale

Did you know that Venice too has gardens? I think this is the most quite place in all Venice

venetian gardens la biennale

Just few tourist from the Biennale, local people, students

venetian gardens la biennale

A place to relax, enjoy the sun, have a picnic, take shelter from the heat, read a book

girl resting on a bench in a venetian garden

venetian gardens la biennale

Called Napoleonic Gardens or Giardini della Biennale, they are the public gardens of Venice. They were built in 1807 when Napoleon himself wanted Venice to have its green park

venetian gardens la biennale with arch

girl standing next to an ancient tree in venice

venetian gardens la biennale

girl in venice in a vaporetto station

venice corner with typical red houses facing the canal

the arsenal of venice overview

On our way back we decided to pass nearby the Arsenal


the arsenal of venice with its two towers

Its construction began in about 1104 to become the biggest and most famous factory of naval and merchant ships and, of course, the very symbol of Venice’s naval power.



This painting by Canaletto shows us the entrance of the Arsenal as it was in 1732 (picture credits)





Now, that is what is called a navy blue! 😉



the arsenal of venice with its two towers

It was a real opus magnum, if we realize the it is considered the earliest industrial centre for its complexity and efficiency. All of this just centuries before the 19th Century!



the arsenal of venice

The Porta magna


the arsenal of venice

a girl on a bridge in venice

…to the next! xo


Bluebird enamel earrings ● Vintage foulard ● Navy blue dress by Zalando (similar)        ● Vintage cotton coat ● Terranova red bag ● Calzedonia collant ● Old H&M  ballerinas     ● My grandma’s belt ●

❃ Pics by Antonio and me ❃