Venice

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Unexpected Venice: the secret Venice most don't know

Venice is one of Italy’s top travel destinations and always strikes a chord with those visiting it, but while the main sights are definitely worth...
The commedia dell'arte developed types, also called maschere, or masks, for different stock characters. Copyright: Il Ricetto - 123RF Stock Photo

The Masks of the Commedia dell’Arte

During a recent visit to the Museo Teatrale della Scala I admired many antique prints of commedia dell’arte situations. Commedia dell’arte was a...
Harlequin mask - photo by Daydream

“Midnight Mischief at Venice’s Masquerade Balls

Masked balls. Fried sweets. Colorful costumes. In the weeks before Fat Tuesday ( martedì grasso ), Venice revels in Carnevale . Dating back to the...
Burano – A Colorful Gem in the Venice Lagoon

Burano – A Colorful Gem in the Venice Lagoon

Our blogger, Margie, discovers Burano and its beautiful colorful houses, that make this place a unique spot in the world. On your next trip to Venice...
'St Mark's Guardians' Will Help Keep Venice Clean

'St Mark's Guardians' Will Help Keep Venice Clean

A group of stewards and hostesses, called the 'St Mark's guardians', will welcome tourists and provide information to keep the lagoon city clean in...
Venice, Arsenale historic shipyard, Gate and Canal View. Photo by lsantilli

The Arsenale in Venice – Modern Mass Production in Medieval Times

Taking its name from the Arabic for workshop, Venice’s Arsenale enormous shipyard was the real powerhouse of the city. Its 16,000 workers built an...
Lonely Planet Picks Venice As One of The 2016 Top Destinations This Summer

Lonely Planet Picks Venice As One of The 2016 Top Destinations This Summer

The International Travel Guide, Lonely Planet, picked ten stunning European destinations that should be on travellers’ bucket list this summer: top...
No more seagulls in Venice?

No More Seagulls In Venice?

According to ANSA, some historic cafes in Venice St Mark's Square have been fighting against the swarms of seagulls that swoop down to try to pinch...
The 500 Years Of the Venetian Ghetto

The 500 Years Of the Venetian Ghetto

The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live under the Venetian Republic. It is from its name in Italian ("ghetto...
Piero Dri opened his workshop  in 2013. At 32 years old, he is the youngest of the four remers (the artisans who build forcolas) keeping alive the craft in Venice

Piero Dri: Keeping Alive the Legacy of Venice’s Skilled Artisans

When looking at a gondola, have you ever noticed that sinuous object supporting the gondolier’s oar? Well, neither had I, until I learned about it at...