Music

Before Day's Music Video about Venice

 

 

Recently, we received an e-mail from Gregory Alan Forney, a.k.a. Before Day, in which he described his new music video titled Cogli l'attimo (an Italian phrase that means "Seize the moment").

We enjoyed the music video, which is catchy, upbeat, and filled with appealing Venice imagery. You can view it above on YouTube. After clicking the "Play" arrow, click the "full screen" symbol for maximum enjoyment.

If you'd like to download the song as an MP3, MP320, or FLAC file, visit the Cogli l'attimo page at CDBaby.com, where you can also read what inspired Greg to write his song. (Cogli l'attimo is also available on iTunes.)


Take an opera cruise from Venice

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ABOVE: La Bella Vita cruises in Italy's Po River Delta between Venice and Mantua.

In 2015, European Waterways is offering two opera-themed cruises aboard La Bella Vita, a luxury hotel barge that cruises between Venice and Mantua.

Each opera package will include a pre-cruise "Night at the Opera" with premium seating in the Arena di Verona, a former Roman amphitheatre in Verona (an easy drive from Padua, where you'll spend a night before boarding the hotel barge in Venice).

The dates of the two opera-themed cruises are:

  • July 11-18, featuring Puccini's Tosca.

  • September 5-12, featuring Verdi's Nabucco.

Other opera-related activities include:

  • A visit to the Arena Museo opera museum in Verona.

  • A private performance by an opera quartet aboard La Bella Vita. (We've heard the quartet, and they put on a great show.)

  • Shore excursions to baroque theatres and opera houses such as Venice's Gran Teatro La Fenice.

imageIn addition to the opera performances and activities, you'll enjoy the experience of cruising from Venice to Mantua via the Venetian Lagoon and the Po River, with a memorable overnight stay on Venice's historic waterfront.

USD prices for the cruise, pre-cruise overnight stay in Padua, and opera performance in Verona start at $5,140 per person, double occupancy.

For more information, see the La Bella Vita - Opera Cruise itinerary and La Bella Vita Barge pages at the European Waterways Web site

We also suggest reading our illustrated La Bella Vita Barge Cruise Review at Europeforcruisers.com, which describes our own cruise from Venice to Mantua with European Waterways.

BELOW: Outside the Roman Arena in Verona, where you'll see Tosca or Nabucco during your opera-themed La Bella Vita cruise.

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A German school choir in Venice

Regensburg school choir in Venice

ABOVE: A girls' choir from Regensburg, Germany.

Cheryl was walking near Venice's San Giacomo di Rialto Church a few weeks ago when she came across a group of girls in floral dresses who were getting ready for a street concert (or perhaps we should say an "arcade concert," since the girls had gathered under the arches around the square). 

Cheryl asked about the choir's provenance and was told only that it was a school choir from Regensburg, Germany.

We've put together a short video with highlights of the choir's performance, including a shot of a dog who accompanied the group. (The dog was one of three Chihuahuas in baskets who guarded the girls' backpacks, handbags, and other possessions during the show.)