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Relaxed Italian DIY Wedding in Lake Garda

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Villa Gamberaia, Tuscany

With its rolling hills and medieval villages, the beautiful rustic setting of Tuscany ranks amongst the world's top dream wedding destinations, so it was about time we featured one of the many spectacular wedding spaces the region has to offer.

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The mano cornuto is Italian. The reference is to the horned head of an animal. Whether made as an apotropaic gesture or worn as an amulet, the mano cornuto is used for protection against the evil eye. In this it resembles other hand gestures and hand images that ward off evil, including the hamsa hand, the eye-in-hand, the mano fico (fig hand), and the interlocked thumb gesture. A regionally popular amulet, it is primarily found in Italy and in America among descendents of Italian…

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Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566 This magnificent and unique medicine chest was made for Vincenzo Giustiniani (d. 1570), the last Genoese governor of the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea. He ruled Chios from 1562 until the Turks expelled the Genoese in 1566 after an occupation of some two hundred years. On a box from the middle drawer is painted the symbol of Chios – a black eagle above a three-towered castle. The chest contains 126 bottles and pots for drugs ...

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Caravaggio (Italian, 1573-1610). "Still Life with Skull." A common symbol of vanitas- a reminder of the certainty of death.

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