Lago di Garda

Enrico Massetti
Lago di Garda

L’uso di ingredienti freschi nella cucina italiana sembra far vergognare il Regno Unito e gli Stati Uniti. La gioia di mangiare pomodori freschi e ottimo olio d’oliva è senza pari. È difficile viaggiare da qualche parte in Italia senza godersi anche gli ottimi vini che sono in offerta. Bere vino con un pasto fa molto parte della cultura qui. Se hai già visitato molte delle più grandi città italiane, puoi chiederti come la regione intorno al lago di Garda possa essere paragonata.

Puoi leggere nella tua guida che ci sono per lo più villaggi relativamente piccoli, città e resort nella zona. Pertanto, sarebbe un viaggio che sarebbe notevolmente diverso dalle precedenti visite al paese. Potete scegliere di spostarvi e visitare quanti più villaggi lacustri possibile durante il vostro soggiorno sul lago di Garda. In molti di essi troverete mercati e ristoranti fiorenti.

Questa guida alla visita del lago di Garda vi porta in un percorso automobilistico in senso orario da Desenzano, toccando in sequenza tutti i piccoli paesi, tra cui Salò, Gardone Riviera, Toscolano Maderno, Gargnano, Tignale, Tremosine, Limone Sul Garda, Riva del Garda, Torbole, Malcesine, Brenzone, Torri del Benaco, Bardo-lino, Garda, Lazise, Peschiera del Garda e Sirmione.

Ci sono ampie descrizioni e foto a colori delle attrazioni.

Contiene molte recensioni per i migliori ristoranti raccomandati nella località descritta.

Coops made in the USA

Coop Made in USA
Enrico Massetti

Uber and Lift drivers should be employees or independent contractors? Neither should they be APP-cooperators instead, controlling their APP.

This new edition of my book Coop Made in the USA, first released in 2011, includes 79 videos, all active when connected to the internet, most of them realized by the cooperators. Still, with some surprises, I added them to make the content less boring, more entertaining, and lively.

I added a section on Electric cooperatives and their new role in bridging the rural divide to bring the internet to rural America, a significant issue for a large part of the population in rural America.

I also added a section on recent developments in cooperatives, with the Evergreen Cooperatives and the Cleveland Foundation’s initiatives, and the USW’s cooperation with the Spanish Mondragon cooperatives. They are models of new ways the cooperative movement takes shape outside of old established models.

I open a debate on what real innovation is in the world we live in: it’s only a new model of smartphone or an idea from a country kid is equally essential for society? Who has an interest in convincing us that only a NEW PRODUCT deserves the title to be innovative? The billionaires backing the company that makes the product?

The Lusty Lady Theater gets a full video coverage; it is history now, but what they achieved stays for future memory.

I apologize to all the existing cooperators for the requests and suggestions I give them: they do not want to be a critique but rather a stimulus to do even better a job that I consider very successfully well done.

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Cinque Terre, Florence, Umbria

Enrico Massetti
Cinque Terre, Florence, Umbria


This is a guide to a two weeks trip in the center of Italy: Parma to Assisi passing through the Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Lerici, Carrara, Lucca, Pisa, Pistoia, Florence, Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Perugia and then Assisi.

There are extensive descriptions and color photos of the attractions. It is ideal for use on your smartphone; it contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants at the location described.

There are active links to the review pages; you can use them to have an active Internet connection. If you don’t, you have the necessary information ready: the name, address, and telephone number are included in the guide together with the review.

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ISBN: 978-1-365-89752-8
152 color pages

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Florence in two days

Enrico Massetti
Florence in Two Days


Florence indeed is the most beautiful city in the entire world. And the major Florence tourist attractions are great historical monuments and magnificent structures that are true masterpieces.

Florence indeed is the most beautiful city in the entire world. And the major Florence tourist attractions are great historical monuments and magnificent structures that are true masterpieces.
Besides, this beautiful city has a rich history, and the United Nations have stated this city as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Also, this city is famously known as the City of Lilies and Jewel of the Tuscan region.
The famous Florence tourist attraction Piazza della Signoria is situated right in the heart of the city’s historic center is the town’s main square, surrounded by forbidding Palazzo Vecchio.
The sculptures of this square stood with fiercely contradictory political connotations of the city’s history. Furthermore, some most beautiful statues, placed at Piazza della Signoria’s entrance, fascinate the visitors. For example, the statue of David by Michelangelo is a must-see and is considered one of the major Florence tourist attractions; this exceptional work of art stands right at the front entrance of Palazzo Vecchio.
On the other side of the door, there is a statue of mighty Hercules by Baccio Bandinelli; these adorable statues have always been beloved by tourists.
This guide covers a short two-day visit to Florence, Italy. There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions. In addition, the guide contains links to train and air travel companies’ websites so that you can check the latest schedule.
It has also listed many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants within walking distance from the location where you plan to have lunch or dinner.

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ISBN: 978-1-304-87600-3
72 color pages

Mantua Art City

Enrico Massetti
Mantua – Art City


Mantova (Mantua), the capital of Matilde di Canossa and the Gonzaga family, is an enchanted island surrounded by three lakes formed by the Mincio. The impressive scenography of the Gonzaga period, the marvelous frescoes of the Mantegna family, the fabulous inventions of Giulio Romano in the Tea Palace, the churches, the patrician houses narrate the history.

A few kilometers from Mantova, we can admire the beautiful Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine alle Grazie, the Benedictine Abbey of Polirone, in San Benedetto Po, the small village parishes, and the old courts. Mirage in the fertile countryside is Sabbioneta, the “small Athens” of Vespasiano Gonzaga.

Mantova history

According to legend, the town was founded by the soothsayer Manto when he fled from Thebes; Mantua enters history with the Etruscans. It goes from Roman rule to the barbarian invasions until around 1000 A.D. it becomes part of the feudal dominions of the Canossa.

It becomes a free commune in the XII and XIII centuries, continuing to grow while the unhealthy marsh by which it is surrounded is drained and reclaimed. In 1237 Pinamonte Bonacolsi came to power and consolidated its economic prosperity until 1328 when control passes to Luigi Gonzaga, founder of the dynasty to which Mantua owes most of its artistic beauty. In fact, under Gonzaga’s rule, Mantua becomes notably more critical politically, enjoys economic prosperity, and is acknowledged as a primary center of culture and Renaissance art. The family residence soon becomes one of the largest and most magnificent palaces in Europe.

This is a guide to the art city of Mantua for a visit lasting one or more days.

A visit to the towns of Sabbioneta and Castellaro Lagusello and a description of the Flora and Fauna of Mantua Lakes are included.

There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions: museums, churches, piazzas.

There are descriptions of how to get to Mantua by train, driving, or flying to the city.

The guide is divided into sections covering short visits to the “must-see” attractions and an itinerary for a multi-day complete stop to all the attractions available.


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ISBN: 978-1-008-91881-8
81 color pages

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Two Days in Rome – how to maximize a very short visit

Enrico Massetti
Two days in Rome

You can spend a lifetime in Rome and, still, not know everything about the eternal city. Of course, you can get a good understanding by visiting for a week or more, but if you have only 48 hours, you must be willing to experience as much of Rome as possible. 

You can rely on a tour operator to put you in a group as sheep, or you can pay through the nose for a private guided tour. You can also organize your time, searching the internet for all the information you need.

Unfortunately, most of the information you get this way reflects the incredible amount of money the operators active in the tourism business are spending to end up at the top of the search results page. 

Sometimes you could find a result saying that the church or museum you are interested in is not free to visit; it’s available only through some guided tour. However, suppose you have the patience and the know-how. In that case, you could instead discover on page ten of the results that the official website of the church or museum says precisely the opposite, and it is free, or there is a minimal charge for some service, like the audio guide or the elevator access to the roof.

I did all this research on your behalf for this booklet, and I included the results in my writing.

I did all this research on your behalf for this booklet, and I included the results in my writing.
The book includes color photos illustrating the various places described.

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ISBN: 978-1-304-66022-0
56 color pages

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Umbria The Green Hearth of Italy

Enrico Massetti
Umbria The Green Hearth of Italy

Perhaps it is the evocative nature of the place or a certain enchanted air (we might almost say “mystic”) that you breathe to some extent everywhere, but sooner or later whoever visits Umbria ends up thinking: Saint Francis, that great, gentle, tender, and poetic Saint of happiness and humility could only have been born here in Umbria.

In this place of ever-green, peaceful, and radiant nature, in these towns, the concept of “historical center” seems inadequate and reductive, so widespread is the monumental and artistic component in the cities of Umbria.

Perugia, for example, the regional capital, to describe it is to lose oneself in the richness, complexity, and magnificence of its architectural and artistic treasures.

Sooner or later, whoever visits Umbria ends up thinking: Saint Francis, that great, gentle, tender, and poetic Saint of happiness and humility, could only have been born here in Umbria. Perhaps it is the evocative nature of the place or a certain enchanted air (we might almost say mystic) that you breathe to some extent everywhere. In this place of ever-green, enchanted, and radiant nature, in these towns, the concept of historical center seems inadequate and reductive, so widespread is the monumental and artistic component in the cities of Umbria. For example, Perugia, the regional capital, has a richness, complexity, and magnificence of architectural and cultural treasures. It has the Etruscan walls and the splendid Palazzo Gallenga, the prestigious university’s seat for foreigners. Many other buildings and historical monuments lead out from the central Piazza IV Novembre, dotted with architectural and artistic jewels such as the Great Fountain and the magnificent Palazzo dei Priori. The same is true for splendid Gubbio, rich with Saint Francis memories and monuments from the medieval and renaissance eras. Todi, Spello, Spoleto, Orvieto, Città di Castello, and many other small towns are magnificently enriched by monuments, palaces, and churches of high artistic merit.

This guide covers the region of Umbria, in Central Italy, called the green heart of Italy. It covers Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Orvieto, Spello, Spoleto, Todi. First, the natural parks are described in detail, with itineraries to visit them. Next, a section describes a visit with a bicycle and motorbike and where to rent them locally. Finally, it has a listing of many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants.

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ISBN 978-1-304-54550-3
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Lake Maggiore – Lago Maggiore

Enrico Massetti
Lake Maggiore


Stresa

To the tourist, who, for the first time, arrives in Stresa, a breathless sight is offered. In the beginning, a superb window of the lakefront, delineated with lines of palm trees, with flourishing gardens and facades of grand hotels.

Then, turning to look at the lake, enchanted, as if emerging from the same waters, the spectacular Borromean Islands (Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori).

The splendor of these visions is enough to understand how Stresa has become one of the maximum international tourism meetings. Stresa, already in the middle half of the 19th century, was the most beautiful place to stay, the most visited by the global upper-middle class.

Isola Bella

On this island just across from Stresa, in 1670, Count Vitaliano Borromeo started constructing the impressive baroque palace. He began to landscape the majestic scenery of the gardens for which the Island, easily reachable by boat from Stresa, became so famous and which today still bear witness of the splendors of that bygone age. The royal Borromeo residence contains priceless masterpieces: tapestries, furniture, and paintings by great masters.

The gardens bloom with every variety of trees and rare flowers. The parks provide a classic, perfect example of the celebrated “Italian garden.”

This guide covers Lake Maggiore and the town of Stresa; in addition to the one-day trips you can make from one of these towns to the Borromean Islands, the Angera castle, Santa Caterina del Sasso, Locarno, Mottarone, Villa Taranto, and the Centovalli railway.

It also covers Nature Parks and Wilderness Areas near the lake. There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions.

It also has a listing of many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants within walking distance from the boat pier or the train station.

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ISBN: 978-1-6780-6042-8
94 color pages

Milan and Day Trips to Lakes and Art Cities

Enrico Massetti
Milan and Day Trips to Lakes and Art Cities

This book is a guide to Milan for a visit lasting two, three, or more days. There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions: museums, churches, nightlife, and other attractions. In addition, it includes descriptions of how to get to Milan, driving, parking in the city, and helpful info to stay there.

The guide includes sections on day trips from Milan to visit Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Portofino, and the art cities of Pavia, Bergamo Alta, and Vigevano. In addition, the guide contains sections covering single days or half days, so you can combine several areas depending on the length of your stay and your preference of what o see.

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ISBN: 978-1-304-32980-6
184 color pages

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Tango Grande Musica per un Grande Ballo

Pier Aldo Vignazia
Tango Grande Musica per un Grande Ballo


Questo libro prende in esame i modi migliori di proporre la musica, tratti dall’esperienza dei più rinomati musicalizadores (d.j. di tango) di Buenos Aires, e i “codici” di comportamento nelle milongas (luoghi dove si balla il tango), che a quei modi sono strettamente legati.

Utilissimo per ballerini di tango e Maestri, musicisti, D.J. di tango e organizzatori di serate di ballo, contiene una guida ai musicisti, cantanti, autori, poeti, una selezione dei tanghi più significativi di tutte le epoche, una guida ai CD di tango con una completa discografia, ed infine i criteri per la conduzione di una serata di tango, sia dal punto di vista musicale che del ballo. Completano il volume alcune testimonianze di musicisti ed esperti argentini.

Guida per Ballerini, Dj di tango, Musicisti. di Pier Aldo Vignazia

Pier Aldo Vignazia Vignettista, scrittore, studioso e “musicalizador” (dj) di tango. La sua attività nel tango, iniziata in Italia, è proseguita a Buenos Aires, dove ha operato e opera nelle più importanti milonghe della Capitale argentina. È membro di ACIMUT, la “Academia para la Conservación e la Identidad de la Musicalización de Tango”, di Buenos Aires.

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