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Walking: Venice

The City of Love: Venice. Where to stay, what to eat, what to buy, what is must see, everything that tourist agents don't tell you all in this ultimate guide for travelers. Be prepare to be amazed. PAGE 2

Hearing: Frank Sinatra Singer, actor, composer... he did it all. The icon of entertainment industry, the one and only Frank Sinatra. Here he talks about his life, his motivation, his ingredient to success and more. PAGE 7

Seeing: Gallerie dell’ Accademia

The home of world famous sculpture David, Gallerie dell’Accademia or Accademia Museum. It contains masterpieces of Venetian painting up to the Eighteenth century. Artist represent included Giovanni Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bernardo Bellotto and many more. PAGE 11

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Love is in The Air

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es, love is in the air. We are not talking about John Paul Young's famous song in 1978. We're talking about the atmosphere, the feeling, the sign of a wonderful, magnificent city of Europe, Venice. A place where fairy tale come true for every couples.

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enice, "The City of Canals", or I can say in my own opinion "The City of Love." Romantic is what most people who have ever been to Venice would describe about it. Well, If you have decided to visit it, here is something that you need to know, beside Google search and travel brochure. Well, first. Venice is literally an island of Italy, or to be more precise, a cluster of over one hundred small islands. The population is about 270.000 and their language is Italian. Before 2002, Lira is the currency of Venice and the rest of Italy. But nowadays they’re using Euro. It is unique among modern cities in that its primary form of public transportation is...boats. No buses, no cars, no subways. How cool is that? You'll find many magnificent churches and palaces, lively squares, and interesting shops. First you must need to find a place to stay. More than any other Italian destination, Venice has a Jekyll-and-Hyde accommodation sector: it’s exorbitant in high season and this includes Carnevale and the Film Festival in early

“With unique transportation magnificent sign, exellence food, Venice can make you want to stay forever.”

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September, but can be surprisingly good value at quieter times. So be careful when you book your hotel. Next we need to know about the transportation which I'm sure that it will make you feel so excited. Like I said, the main public transport in Venice are the vaporetti, boats that ply the principal waterways. There are also more expensive water taxis and gondolas. However I'll suggest the vaporetti. It's the number one goes along the Grand Canal from the train station and makes many stops, so it'll be a good way to cruise the main canal and get a good overview of the city. You also should visit the Tourist Information Offices in Venice.


It located at the train station and another is by St. Mark's Square. It maybe always crowded but has lots of information and can help with hotel reservations, and one more good news is most staff speak at least some English. Now we've make sure about transportation and room to rest. So it's time to travel around.Yay! Venice has many fine attractions and museums but one of the best things to do is take some time wandering along the canals off the main tourist track. There are five most famous attraction of Venice. First is the Grand Canal, of course, the lagoon city’s main street. It's full of all kinds of boats and lined with beautiful buildings. Travel along the canal you will see the Rialto Bridge, the 400 years old, main bridge crossing the canal in the heart of Venice. Next is the St. Mark's Square, the main square of Venice. It surrounded by chic sidewalk cafes and fancy shops. Also located on St. Mark's Square is the Doge's Palace, the most impressive building in Venice and well worth a tour. And last is museum. The Galleria del' Accademia is one of Italy's best art museums with 24 rooms in 3 historic buildings. You should get there early to avoid the crowds. You may also want to visit one or more of the islands on a day trip. Two of the most popular are Murano, famous for glass making, and Burano, full of colorful houses and famous for lace. To travel around in this fabulous and magnificent require a lot of energy. Well, you don't need to worry about it, Venice and its restaurant can take care of that for you. Fish and seafood dominate the menu. If you have ever wondered what mantis shrimps (canoce), sea snails (garusoli) or soft shelled crabs (moleche) taste like, this is your

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chance. But seafood in Venice can be costly. To eat cheaply, head for a pizzeria, or do as the locals do and graze standing up at a bacaro counter (the bacaro is a peculiarly Venetian take on the Spanish tapas joint). There are two golden rules for eating well in Venice. First, don’t take pot luck: this is a tourist-trap city where a recommendation by a local, or a well-researched guide, is well worth heeding. Second, though, you may have heard that Italy is a country that eats late, Venice is an exception, some of the best value foodie bars and bacaros serve lunch from noon to 1:30 pm, dinner from 7:00 pm to around 8.30 pm, and pull down the shutters soon after. By the way, don't forget to take home some souvenirs. You may wonder "What's Venice's specialty?" It's Venetian glass, especially from the island of Murano. Carnival masks can make great gifts or souvenirs, too. Venice is also known for its marbled paper and you might find some good lace here. You will also see many nice watercolors of Venetian scenes.

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Until now you've got enough information to explore Venice by yourself. Well, so what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your trip, and ready to be excited by the Venice. One last suggestion, it would be more fun if you go with the love of your life. Why? Because this is Venice, this is "The City of Love."

e c i n e V Venice has over 450 palaces (pal azzi ) and imp ortant buildings built in a mixture of styles, Gothic, Byzantine, Baroque etc. And by the 18th century, there were over 200 churches in Venice

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Venice is divided into six sestieri, or districts. Venice itself is made up of a collection of approximately 115 tiny islands There are more than 400 pedestrian footbridges spanning the canals. Every year, over 15 million visitors flock to Venice.

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rank Sinatra became a show business legend. He sang to packed out venues everywhere. He started out a teenage heartthrob as bobbysoxers swooned but he was more than just an overnight sensation, much more. He became the most famous performer in the world and his recordings continue to appeal to audiences of all ages today. He also became an accomplished actor, winning an Academy Award for his performance in 1953 in From Here To Eternity. During his life Sinatra developed a lifestyle reputation for fast-living. He was seen as a man about town, with a tough guy image that earned him the nickname "The Chairman of the Board." In the 1960's he was the acknowledged leader of the Hollywood 'Rat Pack' which included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and others. Musically he was beloved and admired as he developed a warm, heartfelt style of interpreting standards like Come Fly With Me, New York, New York, All the Way, and Strangers in the Night . He is undoubtedly one of the 20th Century's major influences on popular music. The following interview is from 1992: In your formula for success, what is the main ingredient? What formula? I never had one, so I couldn't say what the main ingredient is. I think everybody who's successful in this business has one common ingredient--the talent God gave us. The rest depends upon how it's used. What do you look for, musically, in new songs for concerts and recordings? I'm looking for the same elements I've sought throughout my career: a melody that sings, flows smoothly, allows me to become totally involved and gives me room for my own phrasing and timing; strong, poetic lyrics that are solidly related to the music and tell a good story; fresh, imaginative arrangements that provide a glow to the words and music. In short, I look for outstanding musicianship, taste, dedication and professionalism.

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You've been critical of the press. Yet, if you were a reporter and were given an assignment to do a story on Frank Sinatra, how would you handle it? It's no secret I've been critical of the press, and I feel justified. I have great respect for responsible, professional journalists who are objective, unbiased and report the truth. On the other hand, there are reporters an editors who distort, exaggerate, misquote or color the news without bothering to check the facts. They're the ones who give journalism a bad name, and people who are in the public eye are often victims of unscrupulous headline-hunting reporters. Do you think you would have had a more serene, happier life if you had not achieved all the fame and glory? Was it worth all the problems and the pressures? More serene, perhaps, but certainly not happier. We all have problems and pressures, regardless of the kind of life we lead, in show business or any other field. Has it been worth it all? Sure it has, because I love what I'm doing and I'm one of the happiest people I know.

Did you have any training in singing or acting prior to your first professional experience as an entertainer? The only background I had in singing was with the glee club at Demerest High in Hoboken, NJ. I had no training in either singing or acting and I learned everything from experience. I performed at parties, social clubs, the corner candy store, any place people would listen to me. What is your favorite song? I've sung and recorded so many wonderful songs over the years that it would be impossible to name one in particular as my favorite. They've all been special for me for one reason or another. Will you go on performing for the rest of your life? You'd better believe it!

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“I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life,a man who had good friends, fine family,and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that,actually.� – Frank Sinatra


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any people have asked us, "What is the must-see museum in Europe after The Lourve in Paris?" Well, the answer is The Gallerie dell'Accademia (Museum of the Galleries of the Academy [originally the Academy of Beaux Arts]). It is located in Dorsoduro, just in front of the Accademia water bus landing stage and down from the Accademia bridge which crosses the Grand Canal, both named for their vicinity to the museum. In 1784, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo, converted the friary of San Matteo and the convent of San Niccolò di Cafaggio to house the Gallery so students in the adjoining Accademia delle Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy) could study the greatest works of the past. Today, it is visited by most people who admired Renaissance works of art. It included the world's most famous sculpture "David," "Prisoners and St. Matthew," and a huge collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections. First time to this library? Everybody have a first time experience, but let us take you a tour through the musem. The first long hall is devoted to Michelangelo, and though you pass his Slaves and the entrance to the painting gallery, most visitors are immediately drawn down to the far end, a tribune dominated by the world’s famous sculpture: Michelangelo's David. A hot young sculptor fresh from his success with the Pietà in Rome, Michelangelo offered in 1501 to take on a slab of marble that had already been worked on by another sculptor (who had taken a chunk out of one side before declaring it too strangely shaped to use). The huge slab had been lying around the Duomo's work yards so long it earned a nickname, Il Gigante (The Giant), so it was with a twist of humor that Michelangelo, only 29 years old, finished in 1504 a Goliath-size David for the city.

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There was originally a vague idea that the statue would become part of the Duomo, but Florence's republican government soon wheeled it down to stand on Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio to symbolize the defeated tyranny of the Medici, who had been ousted a decade before (but would return with a vengeance). During a 1527 anti-Medicean siege on the palazzo, a bench thrown at the attackers from one of the windows hit David's left arm, which reportedly came crashing down on a farmer's toe. (A young Giorgio Vasari came scurrying out to gather all the pieces for safekeeping, despite the riot going on around him, and the arm was later reconstituted.) Even the sculpture's 1873 removal to the Accademia to save it from the elements (a copy stands in its place) hasn't kept it entirely safe, in 1991, a man threw himself on the statue and began hammering at the right foot, dislodging several toes. The foot was repaired, and David's Plexiglas shield went up. The hall leading up to David is lined with perhaps Michelangelo's most fascinating works, the four famous nonfiniti (unfinished) Slaves, or Prisoners. Like no others, these statues symbolize Michelangelo's theory that sculpture is an "art that takes away superfluous material." The great master saw a true sculpture as something that was already inherent in the stone, and all it needed was a skilled chisel to free it from the extraneous rock. That certainly seems to be the case here, as we get a private glimpse into Michelangelo's working technique: how he began by carving the abdomen and torso, going for the gut of the sculpture and bringing that to life first so it could tell him how the rest should start to take form. Whether he intended the statues to look the way they do now or in fact left them only half done has been debated by art historians to exhaustion. The result, no matter what the sculptor's intentions, is remarkable, a symbol of

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the master's great art and personal views on craft as his Slaves struggle to break free of their chipped stone prisons. Nearby, in a similar mode, is a statue of St. Matthew (1504-08), which Michelangelo began carving as part of a series of Apostles he was at one point going to complete for the Duomo (The PietĂ at the end of the corridor on the right is by one of Michelangelo's students, not by the master as was once thought.). Off this hall of Slaves is the first wing of the painting gallery, which includes a panel, possibly from a wedding chest, known as the Cassone Adimari, painted by Lo Scheggia in the 1440s. It shows the happy couple's promenade to the Duomo, with the green-and-white marbles of the baptistery prominent in the background.


In the wings off David's tribune are large paintings by Michelangelo's contemporaries, Mannerists over whom he had a very strong influence. They even say Michelangelo provided the original drawing from which Pontormo painted his amorous Venus and Cupid. Off the end of the left wing is a long 19th-century hall crowded wall-to-wall and stacked floor-to-ceiling with plaster casts of hundreds of sculptures and busts – the Accademia, after all, is what it sounds like: an academy for budding young artists, founded in 1784 as an offshoot of the Academy of Art Design that dates from Michelangelo's time (1565). That's all the best you can get when you visit this museum. We are surely that even if you love Renaissance or not, it always worth a try to visit it. You will have no regret after you go there. And also you should try to get there before the museum opens in the morning or an hour or two before closing time. That's the best time of the day to visit because it wouldn't be so crowded. You can have the moment of your life to experience this magnificent museum.


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