Photo Friday: Gypsy Woman Begging

My post about Gypsy Symbols is one of the posts on this site that receives many views. So when I saw this woman on the stairs at Monte Berico, I had to get a picture. Not all gypsies beg or wear this traditional garb, but it gives you an idea of the gypsy culture.

gypsy woman, Vicenza, Italy, Monte Berico


Photo Friday: Wired!

This is what freaked me out the most when I arrived in Italy – the razor wire on the wall around post. It seems so prison-like!

Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy

Razor wire on top of the wall around Caserma Ederle

Photo Friday! Italian Farm

Photo by p. crippen

Photo Friday, Soave Castle

We enjoyed last weeks long weekend. We spent some time visiting Castello Scaligero in Soave. It is only about 30 minutes from Vicenza and well worth the trip!

Overlooking Soave, Italy, photo by p. crippen

photo by p. crippen

It is definitely not for those that have any mobility issues, though. Lots of uphill hiking on the way there and downhill heading back to the town!

One final shot!  Castle in Soave, Italy. Photo by p. crippen

Photo Friday! Italian Canal

A canal in Vicenza with the Dolomites in the background. Bello! (Or is it Bella?!)

“Chicken Man” Furniture in Rossano, Italy

At "Chicken Man" Furniture

If you take the Benvenuti Class through ACS, you will most definitely meet the Chicken Man.

Who is this Chicken Man? Why do we want to visit him?

The chicken man is a furniture maker. He owns a shop in Rossano that makes some of the most amazing furniture. You can walk through his warehouse and pick out a piece to buy. If you want something handmade, he can do that.

Purchase unfinished pieces and have them finished to your liking. Everything is high quality and beautiful. Definitely worth the drive!

Chicken Man’s real name is Eredi Bizzotto Silvano and he has a website, if you’d like to visit.

Why is he called the Chicken Man?

We asked him this during our Benvenuti visit. The story was not as exciting as I’d hoped. During the early years of his business, his yard was full of chickens. They roamed freely, so someone came up with the nickname Chicken Man and it stuck. It has nothing to do with his business, but it is pretty catchy and hard to forget.

Here are some of the amazing pieces he made!

A Desk.

Another Desk.

A Wardrobe.

Wardrobe made by Bizzotto Silvano

An unfinished bar.

It is pretty obvious in the pictures that there are so many pieces of furniture to see. Plan on spending a good deal of time when visiting this place!

In case you missed it before, Bizzotto Silvano has a website at

Photo Friday, Wines!


Italian wine barrels

I’m looking for photos to use on my blog! If you have taken photos you’d like to share of  Italy, please let me know!

I know there are some awesome photographers out there.

I will give you credit and share any story behind the photo!