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September 23, 2017

GETTING HIGH IN FLORENCE: 7 Climbs to get Stunning Photos

Cameras have evolved into a permanent must-have part of our mainstream culture. Whether it is a part of a smart phone, or a high-end DSLR, we use them to communicate online and off, for email and social media, for business and education. When traveling, cameras have become as ubiquitous as a passport. Even more so, […]

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September 18, 2017

What is the 1 WORD That Seduces Travelers into Repeatedly Returning to Florence?

By Patty Civalleri There are many reasons why people find their way to Florence, some of which may be by accident. The simple facts that Florence is “on the route” between Rome and Venice, or it is “included in the Italy package” are some of the more common ways that people get to Florence. Most […]

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May 22, 2017

How to Make a Bronze Statue in 7 Easy Steps

This technique is called ‘the Lost Wax’ method. It is the method that Master Andrea del Verrocchio used to create his timeless sculpture of “David” among others. This method was widely used during the Renaissance period, and is still used by some masters today.

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May 22, 2017

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 […]

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February 9, 2017

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 […]

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August 1, 2016

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 […]

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June 23, 2016

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Surprisingly, I am often asked about this obscure and unimportant topic: Lorem Ipsum. What is it? Where did it come from? And why is it used so much? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry. It was later adopted by software and website developers, for that matter, all of […]

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June 23, 2016

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 […]

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June 23, 2016

Today I Received My First Literary Rejections

Getting a book published for the first time is not for the anemic. For the trillionth time, I find myself sitting at my desk, stuck. With an extensive list of to-do’s arranged by alphabet, category, and time allotted for completion, one would think that it would be difficult for a person to get stuck. But […]

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June 23, 2016

Growing Neighbors

 The World As a photographer, I have spent the past 12 years traveling the globe with the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA shooting archaeological sites. Some are located in large well-known cities, and some are in tiny villages that have never seen pavement, let alone electricity or even an American tourist. When visiting these […]

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