Are We Open for Travel?

Not Quite! With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it may not be a very good idea to schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer season 2021. A “third wave” of coronavirus infections has been spreading across Europe; although Venice is not the most COVID-infected area, but there have been plenty enough of COVID-19 cases, and deaths have […]

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The Whereabouts of St. Mark

I was always fascinated by the story of St. Mark, whose remains are richly guarded under the main altar inside the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. Especially when I look at the beautiful mosaic on the facade of the Basilica where the remains of San Marco are covered with a blue sheet… like he […]

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Acqua Alta!

Acqua Alta occurs when winds from the south, south-east blow for a long time, with a force of more than 25 kilometers per hour (or 13.4989 knots). These winds push seawater into the lagoon. The water enters through the open mouths in the long sandbar that, from Chioggia to Punta Sabbioni, acts as a barrier […]

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Rialto

For the Venice habitué when you say “Rialto” it is not just the bridge the first thing that comes to mind, but the fish market just off the famous bridge. Rialto Bridge is the undisputed symbol of the city and one of the most iconic bridges in Venice, the Rialto market also has another architectural […]

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Murano: More than Glass Blowing

When there were impossible crowds in Venice, Murano was a great escape. It is still a great place to go to. In Murano, like in Venice the consequences of COVID are severe; very much so. Although walking the streets and visiting the famous sites is more pleasant now, it is painful to see their empty […]

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Six Pairs of Hands to Build Bridges

During my latest boat trip on the Venetian Laguna, I admired the “Six Pairs of Hands” at the Arsenale. They are quite visible from afar, and they are supposed to be admired also by the Biennale visitors. In 2019, at the “Arsenale”,  a gigantic installation consisting of 6 pairs of hands that start from the […]

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A Mysterious Armenian Island in Venice

So, we’ll go no more a roving    So late into the night, Though the heart be still as loving,    And the moon be still as bright. LORD BYRON San Lazzaro degli Armeni There is a small island just 20 minutes by vaporetto from Piazza San Marco, just in front of that long strip of land […]

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Beyond Venice there is Chioggia & Pellestrina

Venice is the indisputable queen of the Adriatic, no doubts about that. However, if we want to get a little further, and maybe avoid the crowds, then Chioggia (pronounced: ˈkjɔddʒa); is a good destination.  Chioggia Chioggia is a small island at the southern entrance to the Lagoon of Venice about 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of […]

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Beautifully Empty Venice

Empty but Beautiful!  For an Italian going to Venice for the day, the train is the most convenient way of transportation. Trains also are following the social-distancing guidelines, so one get two seats for the price of one! In a train clean as clean can be! The ride to Venice was smooth and eventless. An […]

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The Mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica

Another post about “when it will be over.”  We are all longing for freedom of movement. We all hope to travel, socializing, and see the world.  Therefore, when it will be over, let’s not bypass a visit to the most iconic sites in the world.  The Mosaics of the Basilica of St. Mark The Basilica […]

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When IT will be Over!

Because it will be over eventually When would it be over is the question in everybody’s mind these days. Nobody has an answer, there are a few scenarios, but not a real answer.  That said, we do know that one day it will be over, perhaps life will be different, we will be different, but […]

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The History of Venice Masks

The Masks Mystery, enigma, seduction is what is expressed with a mask that conceals one feature. But only a few know where masks come from and the troubled history of masks in Venice.   The mask (the word mask comes from the Arabic “mascharà“, which means mockery, satire) has always been one of the characteristic and […]

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