The exam for the Vogalonga

The rowers of the International Boat Rowing Association decided to take part in this year’s edition of Vogalonga using a typical Venetian boat and the ancient Venetian rowing technique. To enroll in the Vogalonga, however, it is necessary to have passed the admission exam on the Venetian rowers’ register, which includes a theoretical part of general culture, in particular on the world of boats, and a practical part where it is necessary to demonstrate a real skill in the traditional rowing technique.
How can you get ready for the exam? No problem! Monica is ready to start the lesson!
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Your roman mosaic in Verona

The Archeonaute Association of Verona has recently managed the excavation of the wonderful Roman Villa of Valdonega where precious mosaics and rare frescoes are kept. Francesca, an expert archaeologist, was commissioned to coordinate a group of creative Roman culture enthusiasts to promote this historic place that is still so little known.
So, take part with all your ideas in the workshop for the creation of a series of promotional gadgets, but first of all, to give you a general view of Roman history in Verona, Francesca is waiting for you near Ponte Pietra
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Become an actor at the Shakespearean festival of Verona

The G.A.D. Renato Simoni’s theatre company of Verona is looking for new actors for the next edition of the annual Shakespearean Festival of Verona. Cecilia is the assistant director of the company and this year she had the idea to carry out the casting by testing passionates about international theater, making them act on the natural stage of the most beautiful historical places in Verona and concluding at the Roman Theater. If you love Shakespeare’s theater, the beauty of Verona will help you immerse yourself in his art.
It will be more exciting than you think, so, go to the Verona Arena where Cecilia is waiting for you with the script to help you overcome the casting, even if only for a small part.
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“Game of Thrones” in Treviso

Giovanna, an expert on medieval history, has been commissioned to guide a group of scriptwriters who have the task of defining the storyboard of a film that should enhance the history of Treviso in the “Game of thrones” style, on the basis of a well-known nobles’ feud in 1312. Starting from the historical fact, well explained by Giovanna, scriptwriters will have to define the scenes of the storyboard by reproducing snapshots in the places of the ancient feud and hoping to be convincing for the film to be produced and distributed.
You’re part of the crew too! Go immediately to the entrance of the Church of San Francesco where Giovanna is waiting for you with “bag and baggage” necessary for the definition of the scenes.
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1818: the Fratta Carbonara and the bread crisis

1818, Fratta Polesine. The Austrian police set up checkpoints in the city streets to obstruct the supply of food to the citizens, so Enrico, the great Carbonaro master of Fratta, is recruiting the most daring to overcome the roadblocks and deliver the precious foodstuffs to the population.
So, it’s your time, join the Carbonari! Enrico is waiting for you in the shadow of the old mill to organize the uprising.… Read More

Indomitable 2020 – The extraordinary story of Maria Antonietta Avanzo

Maria Antonietta Avanzo was a legendary free woman, a motoring enthusiast who traveled all over the world earning the title of “Indomitable” which is the title of the book about her life. A woman whose life is more and more current and for this, the great-granddaughter Adelaide, decided to organize “Indomitable 2020”, a circuit with vintage cars, dedicated exclusively to female racers, on the roads of the Po Delta and the lower Polesine area starting from the wonderful Ca ‘Zen estate where Antonietta used to spend hot summers.
Do you want to reiterate the distinctive sign of Antonietta? Subscribe to “Indomita 2020”, Adelaide is waiting for you at Villa Ca’ Zen for a memorable, unique and unrepeatable adventure!
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Unveil ancient vineyards in Venice off the beaten track

Giuseppina is a historian and researcher from Venice and she has recently discovered that many streets take their name from the wine trade as Venice, from 1300 to 1700, was the largest disposal station of wine in Europe, partly produced inside the city. The news is shocking and to arrive at a detailed discovery, Giuseppina summons historian colleagues from all over the world to help her map the history and traditions of this unexpected revelation
Your knowledge of the history of wine and the wine trade in Europe will be very useful. Meanwhile Giuseppina is waiting for you at the Church of San Silvestro near Rialto with a map showing the reliefs of all the streets.
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Casanova Seduction Open Day

Everyone would like to be like Casanova to impress the beloved, times have changed but perhaps the ancient code of seduction can help you even today. Whether you are a man or a woman you have the unique opportunity to take part in Venice at the “Casanova Seduction Open Day”, an immersion with many experts in the places that Laura will show to those who want to discover the secrets of seduction at the times of Casanova and try to actualize them to the present day.
Do you want to discover the secrets of Casanova’s world? If you feel ready for this adventure, Laura is waiting for you in Campo dei Gesuiti with everything you need and with a bit of mystery.
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Invitation to the Carnival Grand Ball

The Carnival Grand Ball in Venice is an exclusive party, which becomes even more special for guests who know the period dances, especially those of the ‘700, such as the fabulous Minuetto. And you, do you want to earn your invitation for the Grand Ball and better enjoy this experience? Rely in Monica, a Venetian DOC and expert in Venetian Carnival traditions: surely she can help you prepare yourself to receive the exclusive invitation. You will be amazing at the Grand Ball!
Monica is waiting for you to introduce you to the experts in the Ball and its traditions: dance masters and costume designers will transform you into an authentic Venetian nobleman of the ‘700.
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Marco Polo and the merchants of Venice

National Geographic Europe has commissioned Dr. Minù Minelli, one of the leading Venetian experts on Marco Polo, to put together a team of specialists to get a scoop about the organization of a commercial trip by sea using the ancient boats in use at the Republic of Venice. For the selection of the team of experts, preference shall be given to people who will stand out in their curiosity and interest in exploring the Venetian entrepreneurial genius developed over the centuries thanks to merchant trade.
Join the team too! Minù is waiting for you with the map to find out how Venetian merchants built their boats and prepared themselves for expeditions along the Mediterranean routes.
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The new travel guide of Montello

The Bosco Montello Consortium wants to renew the traditional travel guide with more interesting elements for today’s tourists. Alessia, the owner of the Sangallo Tours agency, has applied to deal with the project by engaging journalists with that particular sensitivity able to grasp the soul of places and people.

Do you think you have too a sensitive and attentive soul, suitable for this task?
Bring your smartphone for interviews and photos and join Volpago in front of the old town hall, you’ll find Alessia waiting for you with the Montello map and her van.
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Ambassadors of San Basilio

Maura is the owner of the cosy agritourism Forzello of San Basilio, a small and quiet village where she was born, immersed in the beautiful and lush Polesana plain in the heart of the Po Delta, where Maura’s father made the incredible discovery of a ancient Roman post station, sign of the millenary tradition of local hospitality for travelers, traders, pilgrims and now for tourists. A mix of history, nature, food and legends that Maura wants to spread by forming brave Ambassadors of San Basilio.
If you want to discover the secrets of a rare land where time has stopped in an eternal framework, take part in the formation of Maura to become Ambassador of San Basilio and bring to the world the most intimate soul of this wonderful place and its inhabitants.
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“Paint it Glass Murano Award” – artist’s proof in Murano

Massimiliano is a brave innovator of the ancient tradition of Murano glassmaking. His artistic glassware shows works of the highest artistic value created also with international designers, a creative network that he wants to implement with the help of Rita, his Art Team talent scout.

Do you want to join the Massimiliano Schiavon Art Team too? Take part in the next edition of the “Paint it Glass Murano Award”, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity in an artistic context beyond imagination. Places are limited, so register now! Rita is waiting for you in Murano to immerse yourself in a new dimension of art.… Read More

The dances of “The Leopard”at the Palace of Pottino marquises

The Mediterranean Itineraries Association has decided to enhance the Palace of Pottino marquises of Petralia Soprana as an ideal place to shoot some scenes of the remake of the movie “Il Gattopardo” (The Leopard) and assigns Antonella, as a historical expert of the Palace and of the noble life of the late nineteenth century, to select the extras for the film.
Do you feel ready to pass the casting? Antonella is waiting for you “in the little square” in Petralia Soprana and, if you pass the selection, the contract will be yours!… Read More

The other face of the Madonna of Idris

Next month the marriage of Caterina, daughter of the Countess Beatrice, is planned, but tonight an earthquake has destroyed the facade of the rupestrian church of S. Maria dell’Idris and the marriage is at risk. The Countess Beatrice did not lose hope seeking skilful experts of tuff to whom assign the contract for rebuilding of the facade in record time.
The appointment is for tomorrow and if you think you are up to the task, come forward and show what you can do. Please do not forget to bring your work tools!… Read More

December 29, 1514: Popular uprising against the Count Tramontano

The people of Matera are by now tired of the continuous abuses perpetrated by the Count Giancarlo Tramontano and today, December 29th 1514, we are all summoned in front Castle, to Brunetta, the brave daughter of the gunsmith. Brunetta has called together the most intrepid citizens to arm them and promote an uprising in order to drive out the evil and hated Count.
Come quick, time is our enemy! Bring weapons and sticks to make this moment, so important for our town, epic… Read More

The treasure of Ammicc Palace

Today, at dawn, the death of Mr. Lambicco, rich feudal lord of Bernalda, was announced. It was rumored that the rich gentleman hid a great treasure and an assault on Ammicc Palace was unleashed. Imma, Lambicco’s daughter, however, reveals that the treasure is actually an ancient secret recipe and decides to open the doors of the palace only to talented cooks and talented pastry chefs.
If you want to participate in the “treasure hunt”, come tomorrow in front of the church of San Bernardino. Behind the treasure lies a “sweet” surprise … hurry up!… Read More

The marriage of King Manfredi at the Swabian Castle

An advertising agency was commissioned by the managers of the Swabian Castle to create an original concept to promote the Castle on social media, the theme will be the re-enactment of the marriage between the son of Federico II, Manfredi of Swabia, and Elena of Epirus, which took place in 1259. To remain anchored to the facts and the iconographies of that time, the Agency involved Francesca, a well-known art historian, expert in the historical period of Federico II and Manfredi.
Don’t worry about setting up, Francesca thinks of everything, just bring your smartphone and all your creativity for the social media campaign!… Read More

The Masks of the Palaces of Lecce…inside and outside of us

Rosemarie is a famous cultural anthropologist and has organized an international convention of art historians on the theme “Masks of the Palaces of Lecce of the 1600s and 1800s, good and evil, outside and inside us.” We will have to examine the masks located at the entrance of the noblest palaces of Lecce and the deeper dimension that the metaphor of the mask plays on each of us will be revealed.
Map in hand, the workshop starts tomorrow morning and it is open to all those who will have the courage to understand the deepest meaning of this ancient tradition.… Read More

The Enigma of Otranto and the Holy Grail

Archbishop Calabria commissioned Rosemarie, anthropologist and scholar of medieval mysteries, to establish an international commission to unveil the famous “Enigma of Otranto”. The challenge is bold because it is not just a matter of finding and freeing the greatest medieval European mosaic from stucco but also of revealing the more hidden meaning that is hidden in “the Tree of Life”, an iconography of the ancient mosaic which, according to the legend, seems to date back to the myth of the Holy Grail.
Rosemarie has already found the first clues; bring your history notes on medieval myths and legends and get ready to face the mystery!… Read More

“Trotula De Ruggiero” first Lady of the Salerno Medicine of the 11th century

Salerno year 1099 d.c., Sibilla Da Conversano is dying for having sucked the poison from the wound of her husband Robert II Duke of Normandy struck in battle during the first Crusade. Fortunately, Trotula De Ruggiero, one of the first female doctors in Italian history, does not give up and involves her students in the preparation of a powerful antidote obtained from the mixture of healing herbs collected in the Garden of Minerva.
But now don’t hesitate, we need you too! Come at the ninth hour of the morning at the Villa Comunale in Salerno and don’t forget to bring a cruet for analysis!… Read More

The mysteries of Castel dell’Ovo

The inhabitants of Borgo Marinaro, an ancient district of Naples, have reported that a mysterious presence wanders every night inside Castel Dell’Ovo, where enigmatic finds are discovered. Maria Sofia, Director of the National Library of Naples, is tasked with solving the mystery and decides to convene the most authoritative international scholars to find the solution.
As a member of the experts delegation, you are invited to show up to the appointment tomorrow at the entrance of Castel Dell’Ovo.… Read More

Rome, invisible city

The inhabitants of Rome have lost memory of some of their monuments: medieval porticoes, friezes and stems of Egyptian and Greek granite have gradually become invisible to their eyes. Francesca, director of the Fabrica association, wants to create a group of “conceptual restorers” from all over the world, so that with their external eyes they can restore value and importance to some “monuments” of Rome that have become invisible due to neglect.
With your help we can give a new life to these ancient stones, so don’t miss the first inspection organized by Francesca for tomorrow morning!… Read More

The tunic of Faroaldo

Veronica, a scholar of medieval history, is looking for funding for research with which she wants to prove that textile skills of the artisans of Sant Anatolia date back to the 8th century, namely to the time of Duke Faroaldo II. Few days left before the deadline to participate in the European ban which will finance future research and Veronica asks for help from her colleagues at the University.
Do you want to help Veronica unravel the mystery? Just go round at the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle tomorrow and bring your notes of Medieval History, they will be very useful to you!… Read More

Who will guard the legacy of Michelangelo?

Leone Amidei is the current executor of the great Michelangelo Buonarroti and, since the death of the last heir, it is the strenuous search for any other descendants to legitimize, to whom he can hand over the precious legacy of the famous artist.
I warn you that the next hearing will be in a week in Florence at Casa Buonarroti. If you are certain of being one of the last heirs of the great artist I suggest you arrive in time with pen and notebook and very well prepared to support the preliminary investigation.… Read More

The Knights who freed the Val D’Orcia from Ghino di Tacco

1400: Ghino di Tacco holds the territory in check preventing the kitchens of the village being supplied. The Lord of the village hires a handful of valiant knights to recover food and feed the population. The knights, through the fields of the Val d’Orcia, run through less traveled streets, without being found by the terrible Ghino. They can in this way get everything they need to celebrate the success of the mission after they return to the village.
Join the knights who want to help feed the village and get rid from the evil feudal lord!… Read More

Fleeing from the pirates in Portofino

Alarm! Alarm! From the Castle of S.Margherita Ligure, Debora has just spotted the Corsican Pirates! Hurry up! We must flee to the mountain. Do not worry, we will certainly find a good refuge in the woods and we will be able to survive by discovering the resources that nature provides us with!
But now hurry up, collect supplies and the few belongings, Debora is waiting for you to guide you towards salvation through ancient paths!… Read More

The Gorgonzola cheese and the Marchioness: a poor cheese on the riches’ table

Early 1800s. The Marchioness Busca Arconati Visconti, born Serbelloni, hosts the nobility in her country house in
Gorgonzola. The Marchioness will organise a sumptuous lunch for her distinguished friends, to show them that the
“Gorgonzola” is not a cheese for the poor, but is also worthy to be served at the tables of nobles. Ginevra, the
Serbelloni’s housekeeper, is selecting the team that will help her organize the taste with the best Gorgonzola.
And you, will you be part of the team? Ginevra is waiting for you for tastings.… Read More

Searching for Giuseppe Verdi’s lost notes

Hello children! Something strange happened in Milan. Giuseppe Verdi, the famous composer, has lost his notes and he can’t find them anymore. Therefore, Silvia, a close friend of his, decided to organize a grt. She is sure that she will be able to find them by retracing the musical locations that Giuseppe Verdi used to frequent in Milan.
We need your help too! Are you so intrepid as to join the group that will help Silvia in this challenge?… Read More

Casanova and the mysteries of Kabbalah in the Jewish Ghetto

Giovanna has miraculously found the pages of the diary that explain how to lift the centuries-old curse laid by the unnamed nun on Casanova and all his descendants. Now it is too long to explain but know that you too, as a descendant of Casanova, must be present in Venice to remove the ancient spell.
So listen, wherever you are in the world, leave now, Giovanna is waiting for you in two days at the foot of the Rialto Bridge.
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Lord Byron arrives at Cà Zen

I am writing to you in a hurry because I have just learned that Lord Byron will be a guest for a few days at our wonderful Cà Zen Venetian Villa. I have authorized Silvia, our housekeeper, to double the servants and spare expense, because I want to be sure of making a welcome worthy of our family. So, I invite you to present yourself at the servants’ lounge and guarantee your utmost commitment right now, so that every detail is taken care of perfectly in preparation of the arrival of this illustrious guest.
Be at Ca ‘Zen in the morning with a clean apron. If all goes well, you will receive double pay.… Read More

From the Middle Ages the true story of the legendary “Pastissada”

Francesca, an expert blogger of medieval cuisine, has discovered that the “Pastissada de Caval”, a typical dish of Verona, based on horse meat, finds its origins even in the ancient battle between King Odoacer and King Theodoric of 489 AD. The news is so striking that she decides to convene in Verona all the friends who share her same passion, to recreate and publish in real time on the blog photos, videos and details of the historical facts that can be recovered from the artistic finds hidden in the city and from the legends that are still handed down among cooks and sommeliers from Verona.
Francesca is waiting for you at the Antica Bottiglieria Baraldi and don’t forget to bring your smartphone!… Read More