Italia con Gigi 2022

A small group of friends have decided to accompany me to Venice, Padua, and Ferrara in February 2022! I put together a custom, elegant, boutique experience for them based on the places I’ve discovered during the past 10 years of solo Italian travel to historical sites both on and off the beaten path. I’m not … More Italia con Gigi 2022

Caterina Sforza Gli Experimenti Workshop I

Ciao Tutti! Welcome to the first workshop I’m hosting for translating the recipes of Caterina Sforza’s Gli Experimenti. First, let’s learn who she was, what the book is, and talk about the foundations laid by other researchers who have studied her work. The Author Caterina Sforza led a controversial and dramatic life, leaving us with … More Caterina Sforza Gli Experimenti Workshop I

18th-Century Apothecaries

This blog post is dedicated to the digital exhibition on Apothecaries from Harvard University (https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/exhibits/show/apothecary-jars/sequence). Apothecaries were a branch of the tripartite medical system of apothecary-surgeon-physician which arose in Europe in the early-modern period. Well established as a profession by the seventeenth century, the apothecaries were chemists, mixing and selling their own medicines. They sold … More 18th-Century Apothecaries

Isabella d’Este “la prima donna del mondo”

Reblogged from https://www.monstrousregimentofwomen.com/2015/02/isabella-deste-la-prima-donna-del-mondo.html Isabella d’Este, marchesa of Mantua (died 13 February 1539) Let Your Highness, I beg of you, keep a tranquil mind and attend wholly to military affairs, for I intend to govern the state with the help of these magnificent gentlemen and officials in such a manner that you will suffer no wrong, and all … More Isabella d’Este “la prima donna del mondo”

Italian Resources for SCA & Reenactors

Ciao Cugini! This post contains a list of groups and websites dedicated to researching pre-17th-century Italian city-states. Contact me on Facebook to have your resource added. I can be found under the user name Giada Magdalena Alberti.  Facebook Groups & Pages Ca’ d’Oro Italian Salone 16th-century Italian Workshop Federico Marangoni/ Italian Reenactment Loggia Vecchio 15th-century … More Italian Resources for SCA & Reenactors

Known World Italian Salone di Fiesole – Virtual SCA Event

Ciao Ragazzi!! This is the FIRST virtual Known World event in the SCA and is scheduled for May 8 – 9, 2020.   All classes will be posted on this YouTube channel for viewing after the event: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe1Izj92BXlpjlCZbykKqVA  *If you like a class, please remember that Crowns are always asking for recommendations for those who … More Known World Italian Salone di Fiesole – Virtual SCA Event