April blossoms and spring in the Lagoon of Venice

Spring in Venice comes early and you can notice its first signs by mid-February. It’s not just the narcissi and primrose plants you see pop up in the fiorerie (flower stores) and on the balconies, it’s the season of mimosa blossoming (take a look at mimosa pictures in Venice in this blog article). March and April bring […]

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The Secrets of Laguna Nord

This blog article introduces our favorite season in the Lagoon, very early spring. The unofficial start of spring as we perceive it in Venice, is the day after Mardi Gras called Mercoledì delle Ceneri (Ash Wednesday). In this article we take you for a virtual trip out into the northern Lagoon and tell you its story […]

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How the Acqua Granda of 1966 forever changed the Lagoon

Imagine just another mild November morning in Venice, starting slightly misty and clad in silvery clouds. The skies are leaden like in the picture above. In the late morning, light rain sets in and the wind feels warm in your face while the rain is getting more persistent and so is the southerly breeze. In the […]

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The Lagoon of Venice for First-Time Visitors

This is Part two of our Online Travel Guide “Seven Steps to Discovering Venice”. This time we want to tell you a few fascinating facts about this wonderful blue stretch of shallow sea, the Lagoon of Venice. Imagine your plane is landing in Venice and the Lagoon is coming in sight. Depending on the weather you’ll see […]

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Late Summer in the Lagoon

September is considered summer in Venice with a bonus: It’s harvest time and the flowers and vegetables in the Lagoon enjoy a “second spring”. That means they are ripe and lush again after the hottest months of the year and the grape harvest, la vendemmia, is taking place.

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A Story of Lagoon Tomatoes

Il pomodoro means tomato and Il Cavallino is the name of the sand peninsula framing in the northeastern Lagoon. Yes, here are our beaches and here is also the home of the Venetian tomatoes. Tomatoes arrived nel Veneziano (how we call the territory around Venice, the Lagoon fringe) in the 16th century via Spain and quickly became a curiosity […]

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Botanical Treasures of the Secret Lagoon

The percentage of Venice the average visitor sees is about 2 per cent, my father used to say (his estimation). What they explore is even less. With exploring we mean walking around Venice attentively, not with map in hand but perhaps losing your way and discover different perspectives. Visitors see even less of the Lagoon. I noticed that many […]

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A Venetian Winter Tale from 1341

There are some ancient legends that bear a strange resemblance to the situation of the Lagoon today, just few of these are ever mentioned in travel guides. The legend of the “Three Saints” that succeeded in saving Venice from terrible floods caused by a winter storm back in the year 1341. The storm is actually […]

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October sea breeze regattas

La barca a vela più veloce del mondo – designing the fastest sailing boat in the world had been the objective of Italian businessman Raul Gardini. In line with the upward economical trend in Italy, in 1991, he built Il Moro di Venezia. A prestige boat, naming it after the former maritime power, the Republic of […]

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