Confessions of a Leather Addict – Part 1

Monthly Archives: February 2012

Confessions of a Leather Addict – Part 1

Posted by in Travel | February 27, 2012

Ever heard somebody singing the praises of Italian leather?

Leather and its use in fashionable accessories for both men and women (like shoes of course!) are one of the most renowned Italian crafts.

Like everywhere else in the world, there is a lot of imitation leather or faux leather (“similpelle” in Italian or now “ecopelle”), a lot of “Made in China” (or elsewhere) and a lot of counterfeited merchandise.

So if you’re in the business of shopping for leather while visiting Italy what do you need to know to avoid the faux and get the real thing?

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The Love Knot

Posted by in Travel | February 14, 2012

Where would I go for the most romantic day in Italy? And what will my beloved and I do to properly celebrate the occasion?


What city would be more appropriate than Juliet and Rome’s hometown? Historic accuracy aside, Verona offers a great opportunity to mix all ingredients of Italian lifestyle and culture and more than a fair bit of romanticism.

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A “Gras” Heavenly Treat

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | February 7, 2012

When a smart soul came first up with the idea of Carnival, the main idea was to “stock up” on happiness, playfulness and self-indulgence to fight the “winter blues”. Get it all out of your system before entering Lent, a long period of inner focus, spirituality and service versus others.

Not sure if my version is historically accurate, but I’m sure that the original idea of Carnival sparked a multitude of seasonal recipes for sweets – a big no-no during Lent – for which, I’m eternally grateful.

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Moscatello Muliner: Oasis of peace and haute cuisine on Lake Garda

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | February 1, 2012

The Moscatello Muliner property has been in the Vischioni family since 1931 when the grandparents of the current owners bought their first mill. An additional mill and a cattle farm were added to the property in the 20th century.

The current Vischioni generation completely restructured and re-purposed this traditional property at the beginning of the new millennium.  Today Giovanna , Rosalba and their gifted painter and chef extraordinaire Lorenzo welcome Cives Urbe clients in this heaven just minutes away from the majestic Lake Garda.

Nested on 30 hectares of countryside with a swimming pool shaded by enormous trees, the Moscatello Muliner swaddle guests in quiet, peace and comfort.

Their artistically appointed condos – Lorenzo’s paintings are featured throughout the property – all have a fully-furnished outdoor patio and direct access to the pool.

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