Located in the northeastern part of Italy in the Veneto region is the city of Vicenza. It is within easy traveling distance of Venice but the accommodation is cheaper than staying in Venice. It is a cosmopolitan city that lies on the Bacchiglione River and has a rich and interesting history. If Vicenza is a city you choose to visit, then there are plenty of things to see and do in this city and the surrounding area during your stay.
f you are visiting the north-eastern regions of Italy, then the most popular choices are usually Venice or Verona. However, these are also two of the most expensive options. A great alternative when you want to explore this part of Italy is to stay in Padua. Not only is this city a lot cheaper, it also has a wide range of attractions for visitors without them needing to venture elsewhere.
Count Di Cagliostro, born Giuseppe Balsamo on June 2, 1743, in Palermo, Italy lost his father, a jeweler who went bankrupt and died just a few months before Giuseppe Balsamo was born. Unable to support her son, Giuseppe’s mother sent him to live with an uncle who ensured the young boy would receive an education. Sent to live in a Benedictine monastery it was here Balsamo discovered a natural talent for chemistry, medicine, and spiritual rites. However, he was never satisfied with the basic teachings taught to him and ran away from the monastery to join a gang of ‘vagabonds’ who committed murder and petty crimes. Sent back to live with his uncle, he escaped a prison sentence and began to feign an interest in the occult.
An Italian barber named Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti married an Italian-American girl named Angela Barra and together they had two sons. William (Bill) Crocetti was followed a few years later by his brother, Dino Paul Crocetti who was born in Steubenville, Ohio on June 7th 1917.
When Alfredo James Pacino entered the world on April 25th, 1940, he was ensconced with his parents who had settled in East Harlem. Life was tough and when the boy turned two,his father, Salvatore who worked in insurance split with his mother, Rose. She relocated to settle with her parents in the neglected and forgotten neighborhood in the South Bronx. Salvatore moved to California to open a restaurant he named Pacino’s but youngPacino rarely saw his father whilst he was a boy.
Pierino Ronald ‘Perry’ Como, the seventh son to Pietro Como and Lucia Travaglini was born on 18th May 1912. Although Perry, the first of his parent’s children who would be born in the U.S. could call himself a Pennsylvanian, his ancestry was deep in the Italian Abruzzese town of Palena, The seventh of 13 children, he was brought up in an Italian-speaking home and could not speak English until he started school.
Born Sophia Scicolone on September 20th 1934, she was one of two illegitimate children. A shy little girl who was forced to endure living in the slums of Pozzuoli in war torn Naples with her sister Maria, was teased at school for her fatherlessness. Her mother Romilda Villani tried to shield her from the cruelty of her peers and concentrated her goals for success on young daughter.
Robbed of a fulfilling life, James Gandolfini died having suffered a heart attack at the age of 51 in Rome on June 19, 2013. Born in Westwood, New Jersey, United States to Italian immigrants, his mother possessed a deep Italian ancestry, and his father, James Sr, who was awarded a Purple Heart in WWII, he was mostly familiar as Tony Soprano, the empathetic mob boss in the television series, “The Sopranos”.