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Eat with your feet in the sand at the Lido in Venice


  Something special happens when bare feet touch the sand, when the eyes rest on the water and the lungs breathe sea air: there is something unique in the smell of iodine, in the play of light and wind on the water and in the sound of the waves of the sea. Nineteenth-century doctors knew this well ...

In Auronzo a simple walk along the banks of Lake Santa Caterina


Maybe the truth depends on a walk around a lake. (Wallace Stevens)   Auronzo di Cadore and its lake in the Dolomites   A lake with incredible colours and green expanses surrounded by the Dolomites: this is what you will experience in this incredible area in the province of Belluno in the Veneto Region.     If you are a mountain lover in ...

Zanze XVI: the spices are back in Venice


Incredible food experience in Venice     UPDATE: AS OF NOVEMBER 2021, ZANZE XVI HAS BEEN AWARDED ONE MICHELIN STAR. In 2008 I opened this blog on Venice and I also started getting involved in talking about Venetian food and where to best experience it. This came after meeting many people who were so disappointed after their visit to the ...

Walking with Othello in Venice


O, beware, my lord, of jealousy: It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on. (Iago, Act 3 Scene 3)   [video width="1280" height="720" mp4=""]   Walking with Othello in Venice "Why are you mentioning Shakespeare, Monica?" - you might be asking.     Simple: because the Shakespeare tour walks, organized by OnView Experiences, are back on in Venice and , after, ...

Castelbrando: a step back into history in Veneto Hills


Castelbrando, a real castle in Veneto     A timeless beauty, between nature, history and culture, CastelBrando, located in the heart of the Prosecco hills, between Venice and the Dolomites, a fascinating blend of eras and styles, is one of the largest and oldest castles in Europe. A castle on a mountain that does not go unnoticed. It rises on ...

A small jewel of medieval art: the Abbey of Pomposa


Pomposa Abbey in Emilia Romagna         Imagine a landscape of low, deserted lands, interspersed with expanses of water only apparently stagnant, but in reality quivering with life. Now imagine a dense network of canals and rivers with a slow and peaceful course. Watercourses always ready to become protagonists of terrible events and ready to return the laboriously reclaimed ...

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