#Isabellagram: the first Challenge on Instagram dedicated to Isabella d'Este!



- Follow @VisitMantua on Instagram and Twitter.
- Share content(s) regarding Isabella d'Este*
- Upload on Instagram only original work(s).
- Tag your pic(s) using the hashtag "#Isabellagram"  and mention "@VisitMantua".

The Challenge begins on June 15th 2015 at 00:00:01 am, Central   Europe Time, and ends on July 15th 2015 at 11:59:59 pm, Central EuropeTime.

The entry which, observing all of the
Challenge rules, will get the highest  number of "likes" on July 15th 2015, will be recognized as the  "winning pic" and will be reposted on the social accounts of Visitmantua.

The author of the "winning pic" will receive in a gift a copy of the book: "Isabella d'Este. La signora del Rinascimento".

*for example places where she lived, objects she owned, works of art from her collection or dedicated to her, etc… be inspired!

VisitMantua at TTG - TBDI 2014. Leading a team of Cultural Travel Bloggers, wandering in the wonders of Italy.

VisitMantua has been chosen by TTG Italia (Travel Trade Gazette - Italy) as one of the members of the committee of TBDI: "Travel Blogger Destination Italy".  
TTG has designed TBDI as a tailor made event dedicated to digital travel and the blogosphere: from 9th to 11th October 2014, a huge number of national and international professional travel bloggers will get the occasion to meet important tour operators, incoming agencies, cruises companies, suppliers et cetera attending to the fair TTG-Incontri in Rimini.   
Being aware that travel blogs are becoming more and more important in the tourism industry, TBDI is going to create direct contacts between the attending travel bloggers and the many destinations and sellers, providing them with a tool for marketing and communication to increase and influence online conversations and raise awareness of tourist operators and destinations.
This second edition of TBDI will connect the operators of the tourism industry with hundreds of bloggers, blogging travel, food, culture and fashion.

VisitMantua (i.e. Lorenzo Bonoldi) will be the leader of the "Culture Cluster": a group of about 30 carefully selected international bloggers, who wander the world looking for art, culture and beauty.

Where and When?

TBD-Italy will take place in Rimini from 9 to 11 October 2014 in TTG Incontri/TTI , the leading B2B travel trade exhibition in Italy, for marketplace, for trading and networking between its international and national and intermediaries of the tourism product . The event counts 50 thousand appearances in three days: all professionals with over 130 international destinations and represented 70 thousand square meters of exhibition space.

[#CaliforniaDreamBig] Why VisitMantua wants to Visit California...

Andrea Mantegna, The Adoration of the Magi, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

When asked about their Californian dream, many people answer describing great venues on the seaside, the Walk of Fame, the exciting clubs in San Francisco, or the stunning Natural Parks. 
And of course, they would love to pay a visit to the famous locations of the many TV series which have "Charmed" [this is an intentional reference] entire generations of fans: from the soap-opera "Santa Barbara" to "The Bold and the Beautiful", from "Bewitched" to "Baywatch", from "Beverly Hills 90210" to "The O.C.", from "Private Practice" to "The Big Bang Theory", just to name a few. 
Not many people, however, will describe art, museums and galleries as "good reasons" for dreaming of California.  
Many Italian – and European – visitors are usually convinced that there is not much art to be found on the other side of the ocean. But this is not true. 
As an art historian, I have been spending years wandering through many countries, visiting art galleries and museums, and I can assure you that art and culture also have their American homes. 
I had such wonderful experiences in the great museums of the East Coast, and since then I have been dreaming of going west: the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Malibu, the Hearst Castle in San Simeon and the Norton Simon Museum of Pasadena are on my wish list, from the days of yore. 
I am mostly interested in two paintings, strongly connected with my research: a Noble Lady by Giulio Campi in Hearst Castle, once thought to be a portrait of Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua, and an Adoration of the Magi by Andrea Mantegna in the J. Paul Getty Museum of Los Angeles. 
Both these paintings, now in California, are from Mantua, the town where I was born, where I live and where I have been showing around visitors (mostly Americans) for the past ten years.
So, this is my #CalifoniaDreamBig: an art trip to California, offering me the chance of meeting so many masterpieces face to face (and heart to heart).

Giulio Campi, Portrait of an Italian Noblewoman (maybe Isabella d’Este), Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
Indian Art, Shiva in the Fierce Form of Bhairava, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, California
Anthony van Dyck, Portrait of Henrietta Maria of France, Queen Consort of England, Scotland and Ireland, The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego California
Burmese Art, Gilded Buddha from Sagaing, The Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, A Young Girl Defending Herself against Cupid, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
Greek Art, Kouros, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California
Raphael, Madonna and Child with a Book, The Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, California
Music: California Dreamin’, performed by Scala & Kolacny Brothers

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