Seeing Venice and the Lagoon from the Campanile often starts or “wraps up” a visit to Piazza San Marco. Even more so when you are visiting Venice for the first time! But there’s so much more than just admiring the view or getting oriented. A visit to the Campanile can be a journey back inRead more "Discover Venetian history in a special time lapse"
La Storica is what Venice has been focusing on, at least since last Saturday when several meet-ups were organized in town to celebrate the upcoming regatta taking place. The Feast is called Disnar per la Storica – eating and drinking and getting to know each other. Meeting old friends around town and of course, theRead more "Summer With A Bonus: How the Fifth Season Tastes in Venice"
It was on one of these afternoons when Venice is packed with tourists and the heat is reaching into the little courtyards baking in the sun. Visiting Sacca Sessola island, also called Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) had been on my mind for quite some time, since it became accessible to the public on 24Read more "Island Discoveries: Exploring Sacca Sessola"
Imagine you are a Venetian spice merchant, arriving home in the evening of 28 June 1509. As you are approaching the calm waters of the northern Adriatic shores, you can make out through the slight mist ahead the dark green and whitish shores of your home, the Lagoon of Venice. While your merchant cog is drawingRead more "The Venetian Sunset Islands: Sant’ Ariano and Ammiana"
Tell-tale scents you can’t miss in Venice during these final ten days in April … so looking up in Venice these days is a must ! Our city is now enveloped in fragrant blossom cascades, for il glicine – wisteria is blooming. Probably every Venetian has a favorite place they visit in mid-April to see how “their”Read more "The Venetian Wisteria Walk"
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 bringRead more "Spring in the Lagoon of Venice and a visit to Torcello"
Updated on 6 January 2019 Epifania reminds us of our old roots and rites, and especially in Venice, refers to the ancient way of celebrating Christmas in the Byzantine world. Here are six useful terms for you to understand Venetian traditions on Epiphany Day, and of course, we’ll share a recipe for you to taste a favoriteRead more "A Venetian Honey-Pepper Cake to Celebrate Epiphany"
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. InRead more "How the Acqua Granda of 1966 Changed Venice Forever"
We are so happy to announce a give-away for our readers: Click here to win a copy of the book published by JoAnn Locktov – Bella Figura Publications! This give-away is open until 13 December 2019. Hortus Conclusus. The Humane City. Midnight Blue, a color with a special meaning here in Venice! Dream of Venice Architecture introducesRead more "Dream of Venice Architecture: Venice, the Resilient City in Midnight Blue"
We are now taking you to Venice virtually to prepare your first day, sharing information and resources for first-time travelers :) First let’s talk about what is so special about Venice. What is this “hype” all about? We noticed that especially in the last few years, the gap between the old world, and especially aRead more "Venice for First-Time Visitors"
A Venezia puoi girare il mondo in un giorno – Walking around Venice, you can take a world trip in one day. That’s how the very first supporter of our Blog sees her home town Venice. She’s my 93-year-old Grandmother who grew up in the northern Lagoon but moved back to her family home on Campo S. M. Formosa after theRead more "Our First Year of Blogging on Venice"
Sometime between May and June a special change takes place in Venice. The lush spring green colors change to the summer look, looking warmer and drier. The scent of pine needles and pittosporum is pervading the city. The weather isn’t stable yet but the colors do give the season away – so you can safely consider the lastRead more "Guide to Eating Summer Lunch in Venice"
Would you like to take a journey back in time, discovering the verdant paradise that Venice was in the 15th century? We had the opportunity to do so during our InstaMeet #giardiniveneziani, organized in late April by Giuseppe Boscaro and Anna Toniolo. The first of the three gardens we visited took us back in time, fourRead more "When Spices were Cultivated in Venice"
Venice and photography – these two go together. How do you organize a splendid photo shooting on a moist late winter – early spring day. Without getting soaked despite the odd acquazzone pouring down. But then, all participants in this photo shooting focussed completely on their cameras without noticing the occasional gust of wind andRead more "Venice for Photographers"
Last updated on 1 October 2018. Cava – coffee was known to the Venetian mercanti (spice merchants) and the spezieri (call them spice experts, for now) as early as in the 12th century. Back then, polvere de cava (dark coffee powder) and roasted coffee beans were considered “just another spice variant”. And the same was true for sucaro deRead more "The Venetian Coffee Story and A Recipe for You !"
Not on purpose, simply, it happened that a few weeks ago when visiting Palazzo Ducale, I was the only visitor around. It was the day I visited the memorable Acqua e Cibo Exhibition. Such a strange feeling, not scary but awesome, just myself and our otherwise overcrowded Doge’s Palace … Often, the only sound I heardRead more "Alone in the Doge’s Palace"
700 years ago, two cooking styles in Venice existed. You can taste them both in Venice today and the festive period of Carnival is a good reason to explore ancient tastes and culinary delights. Download our complete guide below! Carnival is a time when the ancient spice dishes, so popular in Medieval Venice, come back to life. AndRead more "Medieval Dining in Venice"
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 actuallyRead more "A Venetian Winter Tale from 1341"
Last updated on 24 November 2018 Is there a time – a season – that Venetians can really dedicate to themselves. Getting some quiet after a long (mass) tourist season. I think I’ve made out that time, even though it is getting shorter every year .. It’s now, when Venice chiude bottega for ten days, or so. When festiveRead more "San Martino in Pezzi – When Tourists Don’t Come to Venice"
Acqua alta doesn’t hit Venice as a surprise. There are simple “laws” that can help predict it, and in this post we are going to show them to you. As I’m updating this post (28 October 2018), it seems that Venice is threatened by a particularly heavy bout of acqua alta. So while we areRead more "Venice and the Moon: How to Predict + Avoid Acqua Alta"