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Home Sweet Home: the palaces in Canal Grande In Venice   Sumptuous Homes on the Canal Grande The other day I was taking my son and a young friend around Venice and I decided to use the Vaporetto (water bus) line 1, even though it is August (hot and sticky) and the boat would be packed with tourists. I wanted…

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Venice Carnival 2017 When is the Venice Carnival on? Venice Carnival is on from 11th February 2017 till 28th February 2017 The Carnival of Venice is one of the most famous annual events around the world. The Carnival of Venice, if not the most impressive, is certainly the best known for its appeal and mystery that it continues to hold,…

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…

Ghost in Venice Ghost in Venice: what else can conjure up the name "Grand Canal", if not water processions of doges and their elegant wives, astonished gaze and admiration of more or less famous visitors, romantic kisses in the moonlight punctuated only by the soft thud of the oar of a gondola? Yet, the "most beautiful avenue in the world"…

Carnival Treasure Hunt in Venice The Venice Carnival is officially starting on 26th January, but in Venice it unofficially started on 7th January. From Monday 7th January, all the local bakeries and patisseries have been displaying and selling frittelle and galani, the typical Carnival Venetian sweets, for the pleasure of locals and tourists alike. I simply adore frittelle, so much…

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Epiphany In Italy The Befana. Many years ago, during the days preceding 6th January (Epiphany), all farmers in Veneto used to gather mounds of bundles of branches and corn canes in the centre of their farm courtyards. On the evening of 5th January, they used to place, on top of these mounds, a dummy made up of old clothes, with…

Venice Carnival 2012 - Major Events The Carnival of Venice is fast approaching. Here is a list of just some of the numerous events which will take place this year from 4th February 2012 till 21st February 2012. For the full official calendar visit: Carnevale di Venezia 2012  Saturday 4th February Grand toast at the wine fountain: Piazzetta San Marco…

Basilica della Salute in the distance

First published on 20th Nov 2010 Festa Di Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice On 21st November there will be another big celebration for Venice: Festa Della Santa Maria della Salute or Madonna della Salute. Unfortunately I have been extremely busy for the last two weeks and I really did not have time to sit down and write a proper post about this,…

Regata Storica Venezia by Canon_Disaster

HISTORIC REGATTA VENICE 2010   Sunday September 5th 2010 The Regata Storica is one of the most typical celebrations of Venice and it is the main event on the annual races calendar of Voga alla Veneta, a unique style of rowing practised for thousands of years on the lagoon. The Regatta is held on the water of the spectacular Grand…

Facts, figures and bizarre things about Venice

Facts, figures and bizarre things about  Venice Read on to discover the most amazing facts, figures and bizarre things about the beautiful city of Venice. OK, so here you are: getting ready to come to visit Venice, the Serene city of Europe, the great Dame of the Water! You have booked your holiday, your luggage is ready, your passport is…

ghosts of venice

Ghosts of Venice   The Spirit Side of Venice Ghosts of Venice: all revealed in a great book by the Venetian writer Alberto Toso Fei. When I first bought the book Venetian Legends and Ghost Stories by Alberto Toso Fei (to help me prepare my Food and Ghost tour of Venice), I thought it would be the usual invented and…

Venice by Gondola   Venice by Gondola - Yes, I admit it: I am Venetian and I never been on a rowing boat in my whole life! First of all I would like to clarify something: the term Venetian does not apply only to people who are born and live in Venice itself, but also to all of those people…

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Best Memories of Venice After Stephen Killick shared his Best Memories of Venice, many people have sent me their own impressions on Venice: everyone wants to share their love and the emotions which my lovely city arises in people's heart!     Here is how Julia Harden, on her First Day in Venice, a few years ago! And if you…

Venice Biennale Free Collateral Events

Venice Biennale Free Collateral Events How to visit the palaces of Venice Have you ever found yourself wandering around the streets of Venice, looking up at the magnificent centuries old building, wondering what they really look like on the inside? You can get a taste of it, generally, if you are spending your holiday in Venice in one of the…

Venice, a foggy December night Venice in the fog: It's a kind of magic, right? A silent mysterious ride on the vaporetto along the Gran Canal of Venice, as the fog engulfed the city on a December night. Thank you all for following me, for supporting me and commenting my blog posts! It all started 10 years ago. My way…

Cruise Along The Brenta River

Cruise Along The Brenta River in Veneto Along the lines of my latest post, on how to enjoy a perfect lazy day in Venice, here is another way to be a slow tourist in the Veneto Region: take a slow boat ride along the Brenta River! A few weeks back, thanks to San Marco Events & Tours, together with Romena…

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