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Justin Demetri

Lifelong resident of Cape Ann, Justin Demetri has spent his life reading, writing, and living about the various topics that make us human. Seeing the world and knowing where you come from puts everything else in perspective.

Saturday, September 26th, 2015
italian explorers
It is a small world, but it was not always that way. In no small part thanks to the Italian sense of adventure and profit, men and ships began setting sail and heading out over the far horizon. That great time period for Europe, known as the Age of Discovery would never have reached the heights it did without these master mariners. With sea routes to the Indies established around Africa, the ports of Italy had lost their firm grip on trade, so it was time for these merchant sailors
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
italy renaissance
     Panoramic view of Florence and Ponte Vecchio, the cradle of the Renaissance in Italy   The Renaissance or rebirth began in Italy at the end of the fourteenth century and became an era of many cultural and architectural achievements in Europe. The Renaissance first began in Tuscany and was centered on the republics of Siena and Florence after the decimation left in the wake of the Black Death. The end of the Renaissance period marked the transition of the
Monday, September 29th, 2014
Turin itineraries
Turin Itineraries and Tours   La Mole Antonelliana, one of the symbols of Turin     Piedmont has some of the most decadent and beautiful of all landscapes of the Northern area of the country, however, it’s also a region left relatively untouched by mass tourism. Or so it was until a decade ago, when the treasures and tranquility of this land were discovered. This beautiful region is often defined as “Tuscany without all the tourists”, due
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
italian discrimination
Anti-Italian Cartoon of the 1880's   In today’s world, being Italian can be a very good thing: you dress well, live well and speak with a sexy accent (just ask Paolo). The world looks to Italy and Italians for their opinions on food, fashion, cars and whatever else is cool. Sadly however, there was a time, at least here in the United States, when newly-arrived Italians were treated worse than animals. This is a glimpse into some of the struggles that Italians had to endure in
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Beach at Rimini   Rimini is famous all over the world for its nightlife; in fact its many bars and discos close at dawn!  You can start your night by having an aperitif in one the street bars where people of all ages meet: here you can taste a nice glass of wine (the most famous wine of this area is the Sangiovese) and eat small pieces of the well-known piadina with ham or cheese. After that, just choose a restaurant in the city or one on the beach and try the typical
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Frederick II with Eagle Frederick of Hohenstaufen (known in Italian as Federico VII Hohenstaufen di Svevia, Federico I di Sicilia, and Federico II del Sacro Romano Impero), was the larger-than-life King of Sicily, Holy Roman Emperor and (briefly) King of Jerusalem - a true legend in his own time. Better known as Frederick II (Federico II) , he was unlike any other Medieval ruler, possessing the mind of a scientist, the soul of a poet and the iron will of an autocrat.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Verona Tours and Itineraries - Verona with Kids II   Verona Verona is a great city to visit when traveling in Italy and can be very enjoyable with kids as well. There are a lot of activities for families to experience together in Verona. You will be able to make wonderful memories as an entire family. The cobblestone streets and majestic castle are picturesque and surreal. As a matter of fact, the balcony of Romeo and Juliet rests here, with the grand gold statue of Juliet herself.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Is Free Speech on the Internet Illegal in Italy? Internet censorshipTo put it mildly, Italian democracy is highly bureaucratic and perhaps the most recent example of this is the Italian view of freedom of speech and of the press. Laws passed decades ago are now bearing bitter fruit - an unbelievable judicial ruling that in Italy, the Internet may be illegal. Of course, back then, nobody would have expected that technology would allow anyone to become a publisher/author in the form of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castles italy
  Castel del Monte, Puglia Ph. depositphotos/stefyblue   Majestic towers, crenellated battlements, stone fortresses perched upon rocky crags, romantic ruins, sumptuous palazzos and much more: these are the images that come to mind when picturing the Castles of Italy.   The political instability of Italy during the middle ages has left its countryside and cities full of testaments to this turbulent time period. Castle formations are found throughout Italy, and they
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Chocolate Masterpieces at the  Bologna Cioccoshow   For the tenth consecutive year, Bologna, the culinary epicenter of Italy, has hosted an event on the magic of chocolate: the CioccoShow. Between the 18th and the 22nd of November 2009, all the best chocolate sellers of Italy gathered in this wonderful medieval town to showcase the many ways to taste chocolate. For those who missed this year’s event, not to worry, there is plenty of time to plan for the 6th
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Setting the Standard for Fraud... There are few fraudulent financial schemes out there today that reverberate through history quite like the infamous Ponzi Scheme. Although this term has made recent headlines, this con is not new and stirs up so many emotions due to the fact the scheme only works with a very charismatic con-man. The trickster that would set the standard for this kind of fraud was an Italian immigrant that went by the name of Charles Ponzi.   Carlo Pietro Giovanni
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A view from the sea So you have decided to include Italy in your cruise itinerary, or maybe you have decided to explore the excitement associated with “Italian Style” cruising in other destinations. There are hundreds of cruising options available, however most companies offer similar routes and ports of call, what will really make the difference will be the quality of the service. Whether you want to visit Italy during your cruise vacation, want to indulge in Italy's gourmet greatness, or you
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Sailboat You do not have to be a sailor to want to visit Italy by sea. But what if you are a sailor, or a power boat owner? For those of us who are not interested in large, activity laden “floating resorts” there are plenty of other ways to visit Italy along its magnificent coastline. With a level of freedom not found on a cruise line, these types of sailing adventures open a much wider sampling of Italy and her islands. From majestic windjammers with canvas flying to small yachts,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Verona Tours & Itineraries -Verona with Kids   Verona Many people know of, love and want to experience the great country of Italy. So often parents feel they need to wait until the “kids” are older or all together grown up to appreciate the history, culture and experience. You might be surprised however that Italy actually has great hidden treasures and fun especially for kids to enjoy and parents too.   Verona is said to be a City you’ll fall in love with at first
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Venice Tours & Itineraries II Ponte di RialtoVenice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a combination of 118 small islands in northern Italy. Tradition has it that fishermen settled on the islands centuries ago and eventually it was used by the Italian military. Venice is full of history and definitely has a distinct culture. I would say Venice has a very cozy atmosphere because all the buildings are so snug together and it’s true what they say, “you haven’
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore and the Torre degli Asinelli, Bologna Ph. depositphotos/prescott10   Bologna is a city still full of cobblestone streets, ancient churches and medieval towers. It is full of deep history and a great wealth of education lies behind this city. Even though the region around Bologna has seen many wars, bombings and rebellions, the city center of has remained preserved and intact. Bologna is known as one of Italy’s hippest cities due to its cutting
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bologna Itineraries and Tours on a Budget BolognaBologna has traditionally been the region in which many tourists, visitors and even locals venture through en route to Florence, Milan, Venice or Rome. Bologna is one of the great cities that is said to have not been affected, at least in the same way of course, by mass-tourism and mass-industrialization like the other counterpart cities mentioned. As a matter of fact, Bologna is really known for its great opportunity to experience a rich,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Panorama of Florence and Cathedral  Ph.   Florence was our favorite city. It was more quaint, personal and intimate. The culture and climate of the city was less busy and massive than Rome for us. My wife and I were able to enjoy taking our time and slowly venturing out into the city streets. Aside from all the most popular sites to see, our favorite discovery in Florence was a gelato shop a few blocks from our hotel. We visited
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy Tours & Itineraries - Calandar of Events When to go to Italy and what will be happening when you get there? This is a question many travelers ask themselves before planning their trip to the Old Country. Italy is spectacular no matter what time of year you choose to go, but if your travel plans are flexible you may want to plan around the different events happening throughout the year. Let’s take a short journey through the 12 months of the year and highlight different events and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Tours of Lombardy Duomo of Milan Although almost all of Italy has breath-taking landscapes, Lombardy, (or Lombardia), is said to have one of Italy’s most varied landscapes. It’s diverse and incredible hill towns and lakeside resorts are interconnected through the powerful slopes, vineyards and crop fields. The number one element however that defines the identity of Lombardy is style. Lombardy is the country’s fashion and finance powerhouse. It only leads second in all of Italy to Rome.