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Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

La Traviata

Do you remember the suitcases in the movie "Once Upon A Time In America"? Or the helmets in Ben Hur? What about the jewels Violetta pawns in the opera "La Traviata"? Behind each cinema, opera, theatre, and television production lie the hidden talent of a great company making and providing the props used for each production. And there is no greater stage work than that of Italian company, E.Rancati. Started in 1864 by the Sormani Family, the company employs a handful of craftsman and designers who craft accessories, jewels, furniture and other historical period props for productions made around the world. Rancati warehouses are located in Milano and Roma. If you are an opera or cinema buff, take a moment to visit their website and see the fabulous props and accessories used in various productions. Visit Rancati at

Opera buffs and lovers of Verdi's La Traviata, must go to for the performance of Sempre Libera - La Traviata - sung by Sumi Jo. Her voice will send chills up and down your spine. Enjoy!

Ciao e a presto,


Monday, June 22, 2009

Thermal Spas of Italy

When we hear the word "spa" in America, we conjure up images of massages, facials, and beauty treatments.

In Italy the word "spa" equates with "wellness" and used by Italians for treating conditions and illnesses such as cardiovascular problems, respiratory illnesses, and digestive disorders.

The water of thermal baths contain a high amount of minerals, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate, all said to have healing effects.

Spas are professionally staffed by physicians who assess your health and well being and recommend specific treatments and therapies. Some of the finest spas and thermal baths in Tuscany include

All can be booked online and plan to spend a full day of rest, relaxation and wellness.

Ciao e a presto,