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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Venice Carnevale Schedule

This year carnevale will span thru the 8–25 of February. The 14th—Valentine Day—is right in the middle. Logically then one of the themes of carnevale would be Love, ❤️ 💕 add to that a little play and folly! The agenda is thick with events, about 50 between performances and initiatives for children and adults alike. […]

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Venice Sestieri

Venice is divided into districts, six to be exact, hence the name “Sestiere”, which divide the areas of the city. The district is the equivalent of neighborhoods in other cities, which ideally represented the fourth part of the Roman camp, an ideal scheme for the construction of a large number of inhabited centers. The subdivision […]

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Calli and the Narrowest Alley in Venice

Just Walking I like to get lost and just walking between one street and the other. I sometimes just walk to find the emptiest piazzas (or Campo in Venetian) or to find the narrowest streets (or Calle). Calle The term Calle derives from the Latin callis, which means path, aisle, or walkway. The names of […]

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Sadness for Venice and Other Considerations

It is in the news national and international, Venice is flooded by an unprecedented high tide of water. We watched the images speechless. But should we be speechless really? The reasons for the constant flooding that afflict Venice are several. We could feel a little helpless for climate change, or better inclement weather. It has […]

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