Dawning of A New Decade: Venice in 2020, and a Breakfast Walk

Si ricomincia .. This is a special blog entry – after all, you don’t witness the beginning of a new decade every year. Did you know that on 25 March 2020, Venice will be officially 1599 years old? Which is a legend of course, but a day of reference, nevertheless. Many of you know that

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Winter Solstice Stories and Traditions

Since times immemorial, the Feast of Santa Lucia marks the start of winter in Venice: It’s the day when we “finally recall it’s really getting so festive in town”, as we approach solstizio d’inverno, winter solstice on 22-23 December. During this quiet time, candles are lit at home and a break is taken for a

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Late Summer in the Lagoon, and a visit to the vineyards

Here in Venice, the whole month of September is considered summer with a bonus: It’s harvest time (la vendemmia!) and the flowers and vegetables in the Lagoon enjoy a “second spring”. This means they look so lush again after the hottest months of the year have passed, and the wine harvest, la vendemmia, is taking place.

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Cruise Ship Accident in Venice: What Happened on 02 June 2019

On 2 June, a cruise ship accident happened in Venice. Immediately afterwards, the debate on the future of these giants ploughing the Lagoon was opened. In this post, we summarize what happened, share the suggestions discussed and the solution proposed by the major expert in the field of Lagoon engineering and hydraulics, Professor Luigi d’Alpaos

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