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Venice
Treviso
Calabria
Basilicata
Riga


Venice
I was part of a group of foreign correspondents to be invited to Venice after November's acque alte by the Associazione Albergatori Veneziana ( Venetian Hoteliers' Association) to assure our readers that Venice was up and running as usual. We visited the Centro Maree where they monitor the high tides, city hall for a press conference with Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, Caffč Florian, Harry's Bar, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the MOSE, and backstage at the Fenice theater.


Treviso
I was a judge at the semi-finals of the Tiramisł World Cup held in Treviso from November 1-3.


Calabria
From June 21-23 With a small group of colleagues from the Foreign Press Association in Rome I visited the province of Cosenza in Calabria. Highlights of the trip for me were seeing the medieval manuscript, Codex Purpureus, in Rossano, also famous for liquorice, the national park of the Sila, the medieval monuments and archeology museum of Cosenza, and the citron groves at Diamante.


Basilicata
Thanks to ENIT (The Italian National Tourist Board) and the APT (The Regional Tourist Board of the Basilicata) I visited Matera, which is the European Capital of Culture in 2019, and Potenza, the capital of the southern Itaiian region of Basilicata from December 12-16.


Riga
Thanks to the Riga Tourist Board, I visited Riga from April 19th to April 23rd because for 2017 Riga is the capital of European Gastronomy. We ate at several of the city's top restaurants: Valtera Restorans, Kolonade, 3 Restorans, Muusu, Ribs &Rock, and Entresol. We also visited the Central Market, one of the biggest in Europe.