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VENICE MURANO GLASS The forgotten history of Venice Murano Glass THE QUEENS OF BEADS: THE IMPIRARESSE OF VENICE All over the world the glass which is produced in Murano is renowned for its quality and design, and this goes also for the Murano glass beads which are used as applications to embellish elaborate dresses and clothing creations from the best…

Waking Isabella

        Waking Isabella - Another Great Book by Melissa Muldoon Here is time for another great book competition by another great friend of mine! Melissa Muldoon is an artist, graphic designer and award winning author of the Studentessa Matta Website, a dual language blog, where she promotes the Italian language and culture. Through the Matta Website, she…

Artisans in Venice

Support the Artisans in Venice - #bethechange UPDATE Ok...this is the deal: You walk into that lovely Artisan shop....you get to spot him/her working away on the latest creation. You get intrigued....you start asking question. The artisan stops working and starts, with a smile, to answer all of your questions. Time goes by and What??? You have been there already…

Pizza Capricciosa Vegan

Goodbye to junk food in Venice! Vegan organic pizza in Venice. Eating well in Venice is getting easier. Every day new premises open, dedicated to cicchetti, fresh fried fish or other Venetian specialties. Those who want to eat well, but also organic or vegan, soon realize, however, that there are very few restaurants boasting an entirely organic menu. But now,…

Aquileia, a short drive from Venice! Winter 2017 is turning out to be one of the coldest winters I can remember since coming back to live in Venice, a good 18 years now. So when you finally have a day in January full of sunshine (kind of) and where the temperature for the day is above 0 degrees Celsius, you…

Cortese Ginger Beer by Bevande Futuriste

Cortese Scortese New Ginger Beer from Italy Take a local Organic Soft Drink Company and a splendid location in a palace on the Grand Canal of Venice. Add a touch of sparkles, Christmas Lights and a fantastic buffet. Finish up with the presentation of a new organic all Made In Italy ginger beer. Shake it all up and serve to…

Monica's Top Italy Themed Christmas Gifts   Lots of unique and beautiful Italian Themed ideas for Christmas presents! Top Christmas gifts: just one month to Christmas!!!!  Thanksgiving, the American symbolic start to the holiday shopping season, is on today and it is that time of the year again: picking the right present! Are you like me? Hating to have to run…

live music in venice

Live Music and Food in Venice: feed your body and soul  The stomach is the music teacher who stops and spurs the great orchestra of great passions; an empty stomach plays the bundle of malice and the flute of envy; a full stomach beats the sistrum of pleasure and the drum of joy.  by Gioachino Rossini. And here in Venice…

VENICE: WHEN DREAMS DO COME TRUE Venice Carnival 2015: a Venetian experience On Saturday 7th February 2015 finally the Carnival of Venice managed to explode in an array of colours, sounds and smells. With the Gran Costume Parade of the Festa Delle Marie and thanks to a drastic change to the weather (it was full blown gales and snowing on…

VENICE CARNIVAL 2015 AMAZING COMPETITION and BOOK SPOTLIGHT Authentic Arts: VENICE Travel Guide - Book Competition Take your chances and win a set of books by Laura Morelli as well as two authentic Carnival masks from Venice Carnival 2015 Carnival in Venice 2015 is in full swing, the streets start to fill up with stunning masks and costumes, the smell of Frittelle…

VENICE CARNIVAL 2015 AMAZING COMPETITION and BOOK SPOTLIGHT Authentic Arts: VENICE Travel Guide - Book Competition Take your chances and win a set of books by Laura Morelli as well as two authentic Carnival masks from Venice Carnival 2015 Carnival in Venice 2015 is in full swing, the streets start to fill up with stunning masks and costumes, the smell of Frittelle…

Christmas is coming and you are still stuck for ideas for gifts? What about a nice thriller for that family member or friend who loves reading? Book Synopsis for Death Never Sleeps: Alex Nicholas was the consummate Queens bookie: fast cars, faster women, and friends in all the wrong places. But Alex had a secret, unknown to everyone, even his…

The best Christmas gift ideas from Venice & Italy Lots of unique and beautiful Italian themed ideas for Christmas gifts! Christmas is fast approaching and you are already dreading the crazy rush to buy the perfect present for that special person? Or simply you have run out of Christmas gift ideas? We all know that once you've decided who to…

The best Christmas gift ideas from Venice & Italy Lots of unique and beautiful Italian themed ideas for Christmas gifts! Christmas is fast approaching and you are already dreading the crazy rush to buy the perfect present for that special person? Or simply you have run out of Christmas gift ideas? We all know that once you've decided who to…

Veneto off the beaten path - unusual things to do Veneto is one of the most interesting Italian regions, full of things to do and see. From Verona to Venice via Padua and Treviso. From the enchanting Palladian villas to the astonishing Arena of Verona, an unforgettable journey through some of the wonders of this region, waiting to be discovered.…

The Art of Craft in Venice - Etching A young artisan in Venice working hard to stay afloat! If like me you are really fed up of walking around Venice and seeing the same fake cheap Chinese made masks and junk glass, which is sold for original Murano, but that from Murano it bears only the label, follow me on…

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED!!! JEWEL COMPETITION: WIN $220 OF ORIGINAL ITALIAN HAND CRAFTED CAMEO JEWELLERY   With the help of Marco Jovon of Eredi Jovon, a Venetian jeweller for 3 generations, located right on Rialto Bridge and the only artisan in Venice still producing and selling hand carved cameos, I have organized an amazing competition! There is a chance…

One of the world’s best film festivals alongside Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance, the 70th Venice Film Festival is sure to be another cinematic hit. With a decidedly more laid back atmosphere than its counterparts, festival goers get around on bicycles and enjoy generous scheduling and a manageable line-up, with no rushing required. Whether you’re lucky enough to be hitting…

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