Master of the Masters

Andrea del Verrocchio

(pron “ver-OH-kee-oh”)

Born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de’ Cioni, he was trained under a master goldsmith, Giuliano Verrocchio, from whom Andrea took the name, which translates to “true eyes.” He grew up with Lorenzo d’Medici (aka, Lorenzo the Magnificent) as a close friend. Although a bachelor for life, he lived with and supported his sister and her children.

For quite some time, Verrocchio was considered to be one of the most important artists in Florence. Lorenzo and Piero de’Medici were Read more Master of the Masters

How Much Time Should You Spend in Florence?

I know that people have time limits when traveling, and they want to see more than one single place. But Florence is quite different than most other places because of what I will tell you in 4 short paragraphs.

If I had a limited vacation and was flying across the world, I would spend no less than 3–4 days, bare minimum. You see, 4 years ago, I spent 2.5 months in Florence, and since then I have learned about more places that I wish I could have seen. The longer you stay, the deeper you can go. But of course, this is true of every place to which you will travel. Or is it? Read more How Much Time Should You Spend in Florence?

What are the Best Activities to do with Children while Visiting Florence, Italy?

Traveling with children can be challenging, especially when visiting a historic and artistic city like Florence. So to answer this question, I have a couple of fun ways to keep them completely engaged as they learn about the city through game playing, and while giving you the freedom to explore the city your own way. Read more What are the Best Activities to do with Children while Visiting Florence, Italy?

What are some lesser-known sights to see when visiting Florence, Italy?

 Note: I wrote this to answer the question in the Quora.com website.

The answer to this question depends upon your personal interests, so I’ll throw out a few of my own favs.

A fantastic place from which to see the sunset over the city: Piazzale Michelangelo. You can either walk up to it, or take a local bus, but bring a picnic and enjoy the end of the day. One of the 2 full-sized copies of Michelangelo’s “David” stands overlooking the sunset as well. Read more What are some lesser-known sights to see when visiting Florence, Italy?

Patty Civalleri Interview with Fiverr

Historian, photographer and new author Patty Civalleri launches a new kind of Travel Guide, “FLORENCE: A Traveler’s Guide to its Gems & Giants.” Designed to take you a step deeper into your trip to Florence, Italy, Civalleri has created it as a set of four products: a Paperback Book, an EBOOK, a FunBook, and an APP. No city and no author in the world offers these kinds of travel tools. FIVERR.com wants to know more.

Q1. Why are you interested in Deep Travel?

A1. As a writer and photographer, I have traveled for 17 years to ancient archaeological dig sites with some of the foremost archaeologists in the world. In every city, I have Read more Patty Civalleri Interview with Fiverr

10 Fun Things You Should Know About the Florence Renaissance

Sure. We all know the names: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, Dante, Raphael, Galileo, the Medici, Machiavelli, Donatello, and many more.  But did you know that they were all from the city of Florence? And did you know that most of these guys actually knew other?

There are so many fun things about that period of time that will tickle your fancy so much, that once you know them, you’ll want to hop on a plane and go to Florence. Tomorrow morning.

There are so many interesting facts that I wrote a whole book about them. But for this post, I’ll stick to the first 10 quickies that pop into my head as I write this. You can find the book right here on Amazon. Read more 10 Fun Things You Should Know About the Florence Renaissance

Egyptian Archaeologists Dig Up Mounds of Ancient Treasures

October 6, 2016
For Immediate Release
by Patty Civalleri


Archaic Roman Winery, Baths, a New Prayer Temple, and the King Tut Debate

Santa Ana, Ca – Egyptian Archeologists Dr. Mostafa Waziri and Salah Elmasekh will visit Southern California this month to reveal the latest important archaeological discoveries in a public forum to be held at the Bowers Museum on October 23rd. Included in the topics will be the recently-unearthed ancient Roman winery and baths, a new prayer temple, the Avenue of Sphinxes, and current news about the search for Queen Nefertiti behind King Tut’s tomb. Read more Egyptian Archaeologists Dig Up Mounds of Ancient Treasures

6 Steps of Time Traveling

People love to travel. There is something inherent in our wiring that titillates our curiosity about that grass which grows on that other side of the fence. Does its lushness make us dream of living over there? Are there more flowers among those blades than there are on our side of the fence? Does it get more -or less- sunshine? Can it justify my decision to continue to live where I do?

For over 15 years, I have had the pleasure of traveling around the globe with some of the best scientific and historical minds in the world. Together, we have visited the tiny nooks and crannies left vacant long ago by people of our ancient past. And with them, I have traveled not just globally, but through time.

Yup, time travel. Read more 6 Steps of Time Traveling

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Surprisingly, I am asked about this obscure and unimportant topic. Lorem Ipsum. What and why? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry, and by software and website developers. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry standard dummy text ever since the 1500s when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. Read more What is Lorem Ipsum?

Our Thirst for Micro-Content

In the 1950’s “Cliff Notes” became available by Cliff Hillegass to give students a quick-and-easy way to get familiarized with a book or topic. In the early 1990’s “DOS for Dummies” burst onto the scene to fill a much-needed gap in consumer-friendly materials for up-and-coming programmers. Its expansion into a wide variety of topics catapulted the concept into the mainstream’s go-to vehicle for easy learning on a moment’s notice. Read more Our Thirst for Micro-Content

Florence: Finding Verrocchio

Andrea del Verrocchio ~ Master of the Masters
1435-1488

Goldsmith, painter, sculptor

Born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de’ Cioni, he was trained under a master goldsmith, Giuliano Verrocchio, from whom Andrea took the name, which translates to “true eyes.” He grew up with Lorenzo d’Medici as a close friend. Although a bachelor for life, he lived with and supported his sister and her children. Read more Florence: Finding Verrocchio

Peru: The Lost Moche Civilization – pt 2

Huacadelaluna-face-200x200If you have never been to Peru, you are in for a brilliant adventure. Just like the US, Peru has many regions, each trumpeting their own unique bent on food, clothing, and language. The national drink there is Pisco, which is mixed in a variety of creative ways, and which you will find everywhere, from fancy brass-and-glass hotel bars to the thatched-roof makeshift liquor-spilling beachfront drinkeries. If wine is your thing, they have a pretty good selection of excellent Chilean wines available in most fine restaurants and markets. Read more Peru: The Lost Moche Civilization – pt 2

Peru: The Lost Moche Civilization – pt 1

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When you get the call, it is difficult to say ‘no’.

“Hey Patty, are you available to disappear for a couple of weeks into Peru?”

“Sure,” I replied. “But we’ve been there already, so why are we going again?”

“We know you’ve already experienced the touristy side of Peru when you went to the Alta Plano, Cuzco, Lima and Macchu Pichu. This time we’re going to Peru’s northern coastal region. We’re going to explore some incredible sites that were once occupied by the ancient and enigmatic lost Moche civilization.” Read more Peru: The Lost Moche Civilization – pt 1

Oh, the Places I’ve Seen

I am a lucky girl!

My life has presented me with many opportunities to travel, and I have taken full advantage of those opportunities. An unexpected souvenir that traveling gives you (whether you like it or not) is the gift of big-picture (cinematic, even) perspective. The ability to contrast, analyze, balance, measure, juxtapose, observe and ponder. And if our nature allows us not to be judgemental, we can glean a further depth of knowledge that can only be derived from objectivity. Read more Oh, the Places I’ve Seen

A Fine Buon Giorno – pt 2

Knowing that I was going to be in Florence for 3 months was exciting. I wasn’t staying in a hotel with all of the usual amenities and services. I had rented a little apartment in a local neighborhood called San Frediano. There aren’t any tourists here – mostly just locals. Perfect.  Because I wanted to get as close to living an Italian girl as I could. And living in a hotel wasn’t going to do that for me. Read more A Fine Buon Giorno – pt 2

A Fine Buon Giorno – pt 1

Many of us dream of replanting ourselves into a foreign land, even if only temporarily. The thought of immersing yourself into a world of new colors and landscapes, of enjoying the aromas of freshly-baked yummies emerging from local centuries-old ovens. Of startling your self-image with a new style of togs to match your new-found surroundings. These are things that you just know will expand your ordinary daily existence and transform you into a new person replete with ancient wisdom and insights. Wow – if only. Read more A Fine Buon Giorno – pt 1

The Ababda: A Vanishing Culture

The California Science Center, already well-known for their creative and inspiring collection of Brain Food, recently sponsored the Cleopatra Exhibit in 2013. Throughout the afternoon, I  sported memories of footprints in the Sahara sand, the shape of the Queen’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid, and watching as my son started at the top of a huge dune and rolled a quarter-mile down – almost swiftly into the Nile!

Read more The Ababda: A Vanishing Culture