Venice in Darkness

In Venice one can’t stop taking pictures, so many are the spectacular views, and photo ops that present itself to the first-time visitor and the frequent traveler as well. An evening with a little rain, becomes a very special occasion. There are fewer people walking around, therefore it seems that even if briefly Venice is […]

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How About that Long “Beaky” Nose?

After the parade of colorful masks of The Story of Venice Carnevale, a curiosity about the meaning of these particular masks that we always see in Venice. History The use of these rudimentary protective masks started back in the XIV century, when the doctors, during the epidemics, began to wear particular beak-shaped masks. The idea […]

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The Story of Venice Carnevale

Carnevale During the Carnival period social conventions are lifted and anyone can play to be whoever they wants, hiding their true identity, social belonging and sex, behind a mask that usually covers the whole face. Meaning According to many interpretations the word carnival derives from the Latin “carnem levare” (“to eliminate the meat“), meaning the […]

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Caffè Florian

Nothing is the authentic Venetian soul more than this Caffè: tradition, hospitality and elegance since 1720, is among the oldest historic rooms in Italy and retains the charm that made it famous throughout the world. Caffè Florian should be the very first one to be listed of all the Gran Caffè list of Italian cities; […]

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Zooming-in Venice: Palazzo Ducale

It’s fresh news these days that there will be a new entry tax (a ticket practically) to gain entry in Venice. A so-called “landing fee“, essentially an entry ticket between 2.5€ and 5€ already enabled for some smaller Italian islands such as the Aeolian Islands and Elba for those Tourists–with any carrier–arriving in Venice for […]

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Bar – Pasticceria – Caffè (or all of the above)

It is a little confusing to understand what is what for what we commonly call “bar.” Definition: A public place, where beverages or soft food, can be consumed, either seated or standing. Bar, is the genetic name for the place where you can get your “espresso”. But then there is “Bar Pasticceria”, “Caffè… followed by […]

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Autumn has Arrived

Finally the Fall is here. Two days of heavy rain and a significant drop in temperatures and we are in Fall. The leaves are yellowing and falling. We are changing the clothing, adding blankets to our beds, and storing the sandals for next year. A rainy fall day offers so many photo-ops. It is just […]

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No Way, Bartolomeo!

Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400 – 2 November 1475) was an Italian condottiere—in other words a mercenary—who became captain-general of the Republic of Venice. Colleoni was not Venetian by birth, born in the countryside of Bergamo (then part of the Duchy of Milan), his family views differed from the ones of the Visconti, and the Sforza (Francesco and Galeazzo), rulers of Milan at the time. Hence […]

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Visiting the Scuola Grande di San Rocco

To visit the Scuola Grande it takes at least a couple of hours. Tickets can be bought at the door, and they allow into the Sala dell’albergo, the Chapter Room, and the Ground Floor.

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