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Off the Beaten Path: Italy Part 8 – Rome, Continued by Juliet Martini

When it comes to the dozen or so historic cities of Europe, Rome without a doubt is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. No matter how many times you visit, there is always something new to discover. Of course this goes hand in hand with the abundance of history, art, architecture and […]

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Off the Beaten Path: Italy Part 7 – Rome by Juliet Martini

If you’ve ever seen the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, you’ll hear one of Brutus’s famous lines he speaks to the inhabitants of Rome. The line is his way of explaining his actions for murdering their ruler. [It’s] “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” This powerful comment alone shows […]

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Off the Beaten Path: Italy Part 6 – Florence, Continued by Juliet Martini

As a history buff, my fascination for the past has also made me an avid lover of the arts. I’m a creative arts junky on all levels; books, theatre, music, fine art, architecture, crafts, movies even television. You name it; I have an endless appetite and love for seeing whenever possible the great masterpieces of […]

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Off the Beaten Path: Italy Part 5 – Florence by Juliet Martini

Florence. Just saying this famous city’s name manipulates your creative essence to automatically imagine culture, elegance and beauty. For centuries, this city alone has been the center of art and world history, offering man the ability to seek out the answers to understanding his questions on all levels of scientific, artistic and personal fulfillment. This […]

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Off the Beaten Path: Part 4 – Milan by Juliet Martini

As children, we learn very quickly how to locate Italy on a map. Next to the shape of Michigan’s mitten, your eyes can’t help but zero in on the funny shaped boot that gives the impression of kicking a pebble at the continent of Africa. Like Michigan, Italy’s unique physical topography offers visitors a feast […]

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Off the Beaten Path: Italy Part 3: Siena by Juliet Martini

After touring around Italy for awhile, you can’t shake the feeling that this is a country of odd contradiction, both physically and rationally. This theory developed while moving from city to city, region to region and even museum to museum; contradiction is all part of the Italian genetic DNA. Seriously, consider this philosophical conundrum. Initially […]

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Off the Beaten Path: Italy Part 2: Two Towns in Tuscany by Juliet Martini

Tuscany. Just the whisper of its name sends us into a state of instant daydreaming … crisp blue skies as the warm the sun heats your skin; tall ancient cedars lining twisting empty roads that twist, that meander rolling green hills and golden valleys; the scent of fresh tilled earth and ripe grape vines, plump […]

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